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Glen Groth is correct when he says that these are tough times in agriculture. Glen identifies some of the reasons and misses some reasons. Glen’s idea that farmers need the choice to expand livestock farms beyond 1,500 animal units is short sighted and irresponsible for our karst country. Animal concentration and liquid manure systems are a grave danger for those of us living in Karst country.

The fact is, federal and state farming policies have driven and continue to drive smaller and mid-size dairies out of business throughout the nation. In 1992, Minnesota had about 14,000 dairy farms. Now there are slightly less than 4,000. When we have fair and competitive markets in place, dairies of any size which are managed well and keep total debt low are able to run profitably. There is no correlation between size and profitability. Larger animal numbers simply mean greater gross dollars, not automatic profits. “Economies of scale” can act as a myth that hides how dairy processors bias benefits for the biggest players through farm policies that are in drastic need of overhaul.

For over 25 years, our family has made our living operating our 175-cow grazing dairy farm in Fillmore County. It’s situated over the same sensitive karst geology that is present throughout Winona County. All along, we have worked with our farming community to run a profitable dairy enterprise while protecting the land, our water, environment and community. We have a deep understanding of the challenges, realities and fundamental limits involved when you’re working to maintain water quality and healthy soil while farming in this region and keeping your farm business up and running.

An animal unit cap is a reasonable and vital limit for balance at all levels within any region, and especially in a region with surface and ground water as sensitive as ours.

Vance and Bonnie Haugen, Canton

 

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lemon drop

Raging, name calling liar, who happens to shill for LSP. Nothing else

Edward Teach

jr can't help himself. He is "Big Enviro".

jdinfinity

No, that just makes you an ignorant, stereotyping idiot. Amongst a LONG list of other idiocies. And I would take 'eco elitist', resource and future protecting steward over a sellout, resource exploiting, future destroying, corporate crony, like you Teach, any day.

jdinfinity

Teach, you're an idiot. I am not associated with LSP in any form. They wouldn't want someone as vulgar and radical as myself representing them anyways. Because lets be honest. I make arguing these perspectives, along with my obscenities, personal attacks, and lack of tact, look bad sometimes. And I don't think LSP would appreciate it much if someone who represented them was doing so as I do in these forums... Think about it dips.... Duh!!

Edward Teach

Officially affiliated or not jr, you are an "Eco Elitist" cut from the same cloth as the self-anointed LSP "saviors" who are nothing but a multi-million dollar organization that is wedded to class warfare and the spread of spurious information. Their practices are questionable on any number of fronts and you are guilty by association.

jdinfinity

LSP or not. Anything is better than being a toolbag farmer that would seek to further pollute the water supply in order to make a buck. And yes, I'm beating a dead horse with a broken record here. But myself and others are tired of large companies and corporations, coming in, wreaking havoc on the environment, and not taking any responsibility for it. Worse yet, duping the public into thinking it's in their own best interests when several years down the road, the water is undrinkable and the air is unbreathable. That scenario, will not fly in Winona. And I'm proud to be part of a community that is cognizant of this fact, and tries to put a stop to crony corporate sellouts and snake oil salesmen like Teach, Moya, Groth and LD.

Edward Teach

The last time I checked, the Daley Farm is a family farm, not a company or corporation. When will you demand that your LSP Overlords (also know as "The Flat Earth Society") return the grant money from foundations such as the Walton and Rockefeller foundations? Isn't their genesis and seed money rooted in evil corporate greed?

Edward Teach

I've said this elsewhere and I'll say it again here, the rank hypocrisy continues. For once the Twin Cities-based Land Stewardship Project (LSP) Overlords have actually stumbled upon a true maxim, that government payments are truly taxpayer investments. The government doesn't have any many. They have OUR money. Where they miss the mark and where the hypocrisy lies is that your idols at LSP have, since 2001, received AT LEAST $5,457,316 in government grants. Do you really think every taxpayer agrees with the radical class conflict message of an organization based that is far from local and based outside of Winona County? If you and your LSP Overlords are going to open a new line of attack, at least have your own house in order. You can't have it both ways. Will you call on LSP to return the millions in foundation and government (taxpayer) funded grants they have received over the years?

lemon drop

Until you get professional help nobody is expecting you to be done or get better. So you can keep the charade going we all know who you are, lies and all.

jdinfinity

Don't care ld. You're a tool, and by far the bigger liar and obfuscater of the truth. I aint done yet either by a long shot. At the end of the day Moya. Yeah, you Moya. You aint nothing but a shady, wasteful farmer, trying to make a quick buck at the cost of safe drinking water for your community. And imo, that makes you and the others trying to promote such, really poor and miserable human beings. Period.

lemon drop

Class lessons from someone outright lying about people and farms that he has never been to or met. Constant name calling, bullying too. Wait you were also the only one defending Jim Riddle yelling at an old lady. I think you took class lessons from Trump. You make it so easy JD.

jdinfinity

And just because you made a personal attack on me Moya. Allow me to retort. Where is your friggin' class? Seriously? You sit there in a condescending pose, while you support a business venture that disregards the input of the community and its' safety? I suppose that doesn't require mental capacity. But class? Without so much as a single drop of empathy and concern towards the people your family will be hurting. All for a bigger farm and some tax breaks? Seriously? I think that makes you the one lacking 'class' or 'character' in these forums. And that also makes you, and others that agree with it, nothing more than petty thieves...all at the expense of our health and safety no less...

jdinfinity

LOL. I got censored. That hasn't happened in a LONG time. Was vulgarly put, but to reiterate my message, Teach, LD, Moya, of whom I'm almost sure is a Daley, and along other big ag dairy producers, are simply sellouts. They are pawns to their corporate Land o' Lakes overlords. Willing to further pollute our water and land whilst grabbing money off tax breaks. Thieves. Hucksters. All at the expense of our health and safety. It is despicable. And it should be criminal.

Moya

I just checked again this morning, and I am indeed still not a Daley. I am a farmer in the area who is sick of your lies and preachings of how we agrarians run our businesses to feed you and your family.

Edward Teach

Your Land Stewardship Project idols/Overlords are the thieves and hucksters. Taking millions in corporate foundation and taxpayers funds to foster division and spread misleading information. Still waiting for you to call on them to return their ill-gotten wealth.

Moya

Jdfinite your comments and attacks have been found lacking in more than just mental acuity but also in class. It’s a bummer you’re censored but atleast we know WDN has some reign over your vulgarity. Or was that just a look into your locker room talk you thought you could get away with?

Edward Teach

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Edward Teach

I find it ironic the Haugen's are be used as a front by the multi-million dollar Twin Cities based organization Land Stewardship Project that continues to receive millions in grant funding over the years from corporate foundations. Who are they to decide what is the best approach for a family owned dairy farm? The class warfare waged by influence peddlers such as LSP is disingenuous at best. One can only hope they at least have some class and disavow comments made on their behalf by the likes of the perpetually addicted to outrage jdinfinity.

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Edward Teach

Drinking again jd O'Stagger?

lemon drop

Looks like the million dollar machine is writing letters..... Again!

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