Manure spill in the area
I am no fan of Jack DeCoster. In the mid ninties, while I was in college, I worked part time for an organization called PrairieFire, a non-profit advocacy organization in Des Moines. My job as an "intern" was to research ol' Jack and his ways. Jack came out to Iowa in the late eighties from Maine where he had a major egg laying operation, as well as a lengthly list of environmental and labor infractions. He didn't learn anything and had shoddy operations that leaked manure and managers that abused immigrants. When we learned he planning to build in The South of Iowa, we held a meeting nearby in Derby. I spoke on him, informing the audience of the issues behind DeCoster, both in Maine and in Iowa. Unfortunately, he went ahead and built three buildings in the area, but no more. We didn't get turned into Wall Lake township, Wright County Iowa.
I call him the poster boy of poor hog management, as he is the first operator to be included in the "three strikes and you're out" policy that Attorney General Tom Miller put in place to keep habitual violators of DNR code from continuing in their ways. The Iowa Pork Producers have not done enough to distance themselves from fellows like him, and therefore are linked with him by association.
Interestingly enough, I recently delivered cattle feed to a manager of the site near Weldon that had the spill. I'll have something to talk about the next time I deliver...