Jeff Vonk needs to learn about watersheds, and other things
In a recent article by the DM Register, Vonk went on a tirade:
"It baffles me to this day how people can be so concerned about what are common sense things," Vonk said. "Should you be able to build a new facility right next to a watershed? Should we have to accept manure management plans that call for hauling manure 40 miles away? Should you be able to spread manure on frozen ground? These are common sense kinds of things. The opposition makes it sound like we are some control-seeking dictator here, and that's not what this is about."
Uh, Jeff, everything is in a watershed. If water goes somewhere when it hits the ground, it SHEDS off the ground, i.e. a water shed. If you were NEXT to a watershed, then you'd be in ANOTHER watershed, unless you were somehow floating above a watershed, or the Earth is flat afterall.
Vonk also said farm interests are off base in holding Ventura-area farmer Andy Muff up as a "poster boy" for problems with the Department of Natural Resources. Vonk said Muff does not need a permit for his proposed confinement northwest of Clear Lake and won quick approval of his manure-management plan."There's not a lot of honesty out there," Vonk said.
Huh? Andy Muff is not a "poster boy" of anything as far as I know, other than being a young farmer who's being harrassed by Vilsack, Vonk, and NIMBYs in Clear Lake. He doesn't need a permit because he's building his operation SMALLER than the DNR threshold for regulation, and his manure mangement plan won quick approval because it probably was accurate - Muff even moved some manure application AWAY from Clear Lake just in case. As much as I don't care for confinement operations, Andy Muff is still in the right at this point in time, and Mr. DNR needs to understand that.
As much as I'd like to support Jeff Vonk (agreeing somewhat on local control), he's going to be out of a job come January, no matter who takes over. He's said as much. Wonder why, with comments like these. I'm not sure Sweaty Chetty would want to have him on board...unless he brought donuts for meetings, of course.
By the way, I wrote about Andy Muff in my latest Wallaces Farmer article. Click here to read it.