May 14, 2009

Continuing County Health Ordinance Debate Draws Capacity Crowd to Courthouse

Commissioners Paul Campbell and Deny Clatt resided over a packed crowd in the circuit courtroom of the Scotland County courthouse on May 7th as interested parties gathered to voice concerns regarding the county’s ongoing debate regarding the recently rescinded county health ordinance that had governed concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

It was standing room only, with well over 100 livestock producers, concerned citizens and interested parties on hand to see what the county’s next step will be.

“We are here to hear peoples, concerns, thoughts and suggestions on this issue,” said Campbell to open the meeting. “We had a health ordinance, rescinded it, and now there are folks who want it reinstated, and those who do not. We want to get a feel from the people of the county on their thoughts on whether or not to have a health ordinance.”

Chipper Harris was the first to step to the microphone to address the issue that he felt had polarized the community.

“One of the commissioners stated that most people don’t give a damn about this issue, but I have some information to present that will show you that they disagree,” Harris said.

He noted that many county residents were intimidated by the emotions involved in this sometimes heated debate for and against the health ordinance. That was the motivation to begin circulation of a non-confrontational petition that simply called for the reinstatement of the county’s original court-tested health ordinance. Harris said in less than six days, with no advertising, that more than 400 people had signed the petitions.

“This is what we are trying to tell, people are interested in this issue,” Harris said.

He proposed the county get back to square one, reinstating the original ordinance. He pointed out that it had stood up for nearly four years without any major issues. He added that most people were concerned about setbacks and handling of the manure, which were governed in the original law, and less worried about the air and water quality stipulations that had been proposed in the latest revision of the ordinance that was being considered.

Harris pointed out that Linn County, the model for the ordinance, had experienced $70,000 in court costs defending the law in 1999-2000, when the ordinance was upheld.

“Since that point, they have spent zero dollars on enforcement of the ordinance,” Harris said. “So the argument that the county doesn’t have the money to does this, doesn’t hold true.”

Dr. Randall Tobler addressed the gathering regarding concerns for public health. He noted that as far back as 2004, national health organizations were asking for a moratorium on CAFOs. He pointed out that the scientific data was readily available to make the argument for the medical impacts of animal confinements.

“I’m concerned for the health of the indivduals working in these facilities, as well as those living around them,” Tobler said.

However he pointed out that the health ordinance was not attempting to eliminate CAFO’s, simply to increase setbacks for neighboring residences and controlling manure distribution to reduce runoff, which added were the best medical options.

“This is not an either, or equation, it’s a both,” Tobler said. “This is not a Trojan horse attempt to sneak in an ordinance that will open the door to eliminate CAFO’s in the future.”

The doctor encouraged the commissioners to implement a sensible, easily enforceable ordinance.

Larry Geske of Downing stated that CAFOs are already regulated by state and federal laws and that this wasn’t a county issue.

“You folks are at the wrong window to make these complaints,” he said. “This is a state and federal issue. Make those people do their jobs. You are just adding cost to the county, when this is something we are already paying to have the state and the feds do.”

Jeanne Snodgrass pointed out that the county ordinance had offered regulations for smaller CAFOs which currently are not regulated by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

“Without the local ordinance, it is possible to have numerous, small CAFOs to avoid the state and federal rules,” she said.

Rudy Wilson reinforced this sentiment.

“Right now you can have 2,400 hogs, 50 feet from someone’s home with no restrictions,” he said. “There is not a thing in the world they can do about it. I’ll tell you, 2,400 head stinks.”

With the support aired for the original ordinance, Gary Ahrens questioned why it was repealed.

Commissioner Campbell stated the county did not have the expertise or the equipment to enforce air and water quality issues.

“I think we felt like we had an ordinance that we couldn’t enforce, so we felt like we were better off without it,” Campbell said.

Producer Steve Robinson pointed out that it was threats of lawsuits from concerned citizens, not livestock producers that ultimately forced the commission to repeal the law.

Another producer voiced what appears to be an underlying concern for livestock producers when he stated that whatever ordinance is put into place, will eventually not be good enough, and years down the road there will be no animals in confinement.

Farmer Kenny McNamar reiterated that point, questioning where push for growing regulations ends. He added that pushing livestock producers out of the county also negatively impacts grain farmers, who produce the feed for the animals.

Another producer pointed out that his dairy heard mortality rate had dramatically declined when he transformed his operation from grazing to confined feeding. He also offered statistics regarding “organic” foods, noting that consumers are assuming they are better for them, but nutritional studies do not necessarily back up those assertions.

He pointed out that cities have rules in place to keep cows and pigs in the country where they belong. But now folks are moving out of the city into the country and they are changing their minds, grasping at whatever argument they can find to try to make the country more like the city.

Jamie Triplett agreed with the argument, stating he didn’t like to see efforts to control CAFOs coming under the heading of health.

“I hope you don’t pass an ordinance that makes me run three miles and eat one less meal a day, it probably would kill me,” he joked.

While a number of pros and cons were voiced, there seemed to be an underlying tone of attempting to find some common ground.

Tony Sirna encouraged the commission to bring producers into the mix with the concerned citizens to craft an ordinance that worked for both parties and insured CAFO owners that the law was not an effort to prevent their enterprise.

Commissioner Campbell noted that if the health ordinance was reinstated, it would not regulate the existing CAFO’s in the county and only would impact new construction.

Commissioner Clatt admitted he was continuing to wrestle with the issue.

“I have buildings as close to my home as anyone else in the county,” he said demonstrating the issue’s impact on him personally.

Ultimately no action was taken by the commission.

Campbell sated all of the input would be taken under advisement, adding that any future action on the issue would be done in public hearings with advanced public notice.

Hyde Reunion

The annual Hyde Reunion was held at the Grand Hall in Memphis on Sunday, July 17, 2016.  Those in attendance believe this to have been the 41st reunion.    Over 70 descendants and friends of Hollis and Nellie Hyde, and Virgil and Helen Hyde gathered to enjoy a catered meal prepared by the Rutledge School Restoration Group.  The afternoon was spent visiting, taking and sharing pictures, and reminiscing.

Those in attendance were: Mr. and Mrs. Leland Hyde,   Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hyde, Mr. and Mrs. Richie Radar, Annette and Dustin Humphrey, Jerry Hyde, Mary Morgan and Karla Rainey, all of Memphis; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bertram of Gorin; Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Townsend, Joshua and Danielle of Wyaconda and Taylar Eggleston-Wood; Tim and Chloe Bertram and Richard Hyde, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Hunziker and Hunter, Connie Bross,  Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Hunziker,  Mr. and Mrs. Asie Boatman, and Lance Boatman of Kahoka;   Stacey Boatman of Wayland; Connie Hyde, Tobias and Oakley Hyde, and Michaela Newberry of Luray; Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Hyde of Eldora, IA;   Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Waterman, and Taylor and Cole Courtney  of Donnellson, IA; Mr. and Mrs. Bob Thompson, and Mr. and Mrs. Norman Hughes of Kirksville; Mr. and Mrs. Gary Winkler, Brittany and Allison of Macon; Mr. and Mrs. Mitch Ballhagen and Jason Sherrer of Lebanon; Jessica Thompson and Nick Smith of Green City; Mrs. Kathy Hyde of Conway; Mr. Bob Moore of Keokuk, IA; Mr. and Mrs. Don Bundy, and Mrs. Vanessa Bowlin, of Blue Springs; Mr. and Mrs. Mark Bundy, Sandra Bundy, Stephen Bundy and guest of Lee’s Summit; Mrs. Margaret Hyde, and  Katie and Michael VanMeter of Independence; John Gauld V and John Gauld IV, of Kansas City; and Mr. and Mrs Chad Ebeling, Zach and Lydia of Mt. Pleasant, IA.

Mr. Maurice Hyde offered the blessing on the meal.

The next Hyde family reunion will be held on July 16, 2017.

Redmon, House Appropriations Committee for Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources Continues to Work through the Interim

Representative Craig Redmon (right) pictured at a public hearing earlier this year, is keeping busy during the legislative summer break working with his colleagues on the House Appropriations Committee for Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources preparing for the next budget process.

Representative Craig Redmon (right) pictured at a public hearing earlier this year, is keeping busy during the legislative summer break working with his colleagues on the House Appropriations Committee for Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources preparing for the next budget process.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – While the Missouri General Assembly concluded the 2016 legislative session in May, members of the Missouri House of Representatives have remained busy throughout the interim with committee work and research that will pave the way for the next budget process.

State Rep. Craig Redmon and the members of the House Appropriations Committee for Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources have met during the months of June and July to discuss and investigate numerous issues ranging from water quality and wastewater treatment to the outstanding maintenance costs for the state’s park system to funding for the statewide beef initiative. In addition, members have heard from department and division directors on issues such as feral hog control, and efforts to control the spread of invasive species like Asian Carp.

Redmon said he is proud of the work his committee members have done as they have gained valuable information that will help them to more efficiently allocate funding to the departments they oversee. Redmon’s committee is responsible for more than $780 million in appropriations for the departments of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Conservation.

“I know most folks think the legislature only works from January to May, but the interim is a time for us to carefully sort through the facts and figures so that we can make informed decisions on the budget during the legislative session,” said Redmon, R-Canton, who chairs the committee. “I am proud of my committee members for travelling great distances and giving up their time back in their districts to participate in these hearings. The end result is that we will have the information we need to make the best possible use of taxpayer dollars with the spending plan we craft.”

Redmon said the committee plans to meet again in August. For any questions, please contact Rep. Redmon’s office at 573-751-3644.

BABY MOORE

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Michael and Kristan Moore of Memphis are the parents of a daughter, Kenzleigh Jayde Moore, born July 19, 2016 at 1:46 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Kenzleigh weighed 8 lbs 10 oz and was 22 inches long. She is welcomed home by a sister, Kierstyn. Grandparents are Tony and Karen Moore of Unionville; Roger and Sonia Kaldenberg of Memphis; and Beverly Moore of Clever, MO.

BABY KIGER

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Kolt and Victoria Kiger of Kahoka, MO are the parents of a son, Kylar Allen Kiger, born July 19, 2016 at 11:08 p.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Kylar weighed 9 lbs 7 oz and was 23 inches long. Grandparents are Troy and Mitzi Kiger, Kahoka; Jeff and Kim Dyer Maynardville, TN; and Wayne and Kim Barkman of Maynardville, TN.

Dauma to Celebrate 95th Birthday

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Dorothy Verlee Chambers Dauma will be celebrating her 95th birthday on July 31st. She was born in 1921 in Scotland County. Verlee was married to Harley Wayne Dauma for over 70 years prior to his death in 2012. The couple has three sons, Kenneth A. Dauma, Stephen S. Dauma, and Jon A.C. Dauma; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Verlee is an avid family researcher. She has been Registrar for the Jaiflione Chapter for many years and has proved and completed over 50 applications.  She is a member of the Scotland County Genealogy Society and volunteers at the Scotland County Senior Center weekly.  She belongs to the 1st Baptist Church of Memphis and is active in the Joy Group.  Verlee co-authors a guest column, American History Moment, for the Memphis Democrat.  She enjoys sitting on her deck surrounded by her flower garden and watching the wrens and their hatchlings leave the nest.

Scotland County Hospital Admissions & Dismissals

Scotland County Hospital recorded 46 admissions and 42 dismissals from July 2 – July 21, 2016.

ADMISSIONS: 7/2/16 – Frances Oliver, Arbela; Joann Ferguson, Memphis 7/6/16 – Nicole Cowell, Memphis; Emersyn Cowell, Memphis 7/7/16 – Opal Emel, Memphis 7/11/16 – Baillie Ledford, Queen City; Lora Buckallew, Greentop; Kyson J. Buckallew, Greentop 7/12/16 – Chandler Cole Harris, Memphis; Raillie Ledford, Queen City; Baillie Ledford, Queen City; Holly Miller, Warsaw, IL 7/14/16 – Amber Kaldenberg, Memphis 7/15/16 – Delia Priebe, Memphis 7/19/19 – Kenzleigh Jayde Moore, Memphis; Kristan Moore, Memphis; Kylar Kiger, Kahoka 7/21/16 – Christine Marlow, Memphis; Julietta Marlow, Memphis

DISMISSALS: 7/8/2016 – Nicole Cowell, Memphis; Emersyn Cowell, Memphis 7/9/16 – Opal Emel, Memphis 7/13/16 – Lora Buckallew, Greentop; Kyson J. Buckallew, Greentop; Helen Hammack, Memphis 7/14/16 – Chandler C. Harris, Memphis; Baillie Ledford, Queen City; Raillie Ledford, Queen City; Frances Oliver, Arbela 7/15/16 – Amber Kaldenberg, Memphis 7/17/16 – Delia Priebe, Memphis 7/21/16 – Kylar Kiger, Kahoka; Kristan Moore, Memphis; Kenzleigh Jayde Moore, Memphis.

White Friend, Where to Begin…

White Friend, Where to Begin…

Taken from the Blog Run the Race, published by former SCR-I graduate Nicki (Webber) Moore who currently serves as the Athletic Director for the University of North Carolina.

 “Black people don’t need to be convinced that anti-black racism, structural inequity and skin privilege are facts; white people do… White people have to do the hard work of figuring out the best ways to educate themselves and each other about racism. And I don’t know what that looks like, because that is not my work, or the work of other black people, to figure out. In fact, the demand placed on black people to essentially teach white folk how not to be racist or complicit in structural racism is itself an exercise of willful ignorance and laziness.”Darnell L. Moore, senior editor at Mic and co-managing editor of The Feminist Wire.

In the wake of yet another two police shootings of young black men, I am moved even further this time toward, and perhaps finally beyond the edge of my comfort zone. Sitting in the St. Louis airport returning home from a vacation, during which per usual I did not have to think about my race, I watched the Diamond Reynolds’ live stream unfold followed by President Obama pleading with us to be better than this, I realized I can not remain on the sidelines.

I don’t know where to start, but neither do most of my white friends and family. And, if it is up to us to fix ourselves, and I allow myself to be paralyzed by my fear, my busy-ness and my not-knowing, how can I sincerely hope that we will ever get better? When you consider that I have even been trained in these matters, have spent hours soul-searching, reading and conversing, and have a sincere desire to help, an even gloomier picture is painted when I am not actively, consistently involved in doing something – anything.

I am ashamed to admit that I’ve tried to shake it…that sneaking feeling I have had when hearing the Edmund Burke quote, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” It’s been there – in the back of my head, or a corner of my heart – a sense of some kind that I am part of the race problem in our country if I’m not actively working to be part of the solution. I tell myself I’m busy. I tell myself I AM actively working – internally. I quiet that feeling by reminding myself that I have a demanding career, a family to support guide and enjoy, extended family to encourage and a home to keep. I’m doing things that help people in other ways. I retweet articles that strike a chord with me and that feel like they are centrist enough that they won’t terribly offend, turn off or further alienate my largely-white network of friends, colleagues and acquaintances.

But, it’s not enough. It isn’t even CLOSE to enough. Just like I want more men to start doing the work with other men to sincerely understand that women are their EQUALS – not because they are someone whom they possess (their moms, their daughters, their sisters, their aunts) – but because we are fellow human beings. Period. Anyway – I know that women can’t solve the problem of male privilege, misogyny, and everyday sexism without men being 1) aware of it, 2) educated about it, 3) moved to a point of action about it, 4) taking consistent, constructive action to change themselves, 5) taking consistent, constructive action to advocate change among others, and 6) taking consistent, constructive action to change the plethora of systems that quietly perpetuate current norms.

By the same token, people of color (try as they may) can not do this work of fixing our society, our culture, our country alone. White people carry an enormous share of the power and privilege and leverage available in our country, even though most of us are unaware of this fact. My white friends, if we want a country that is stronger, healthier, smarter, more Godly, more wealthy, more fair and more free, WE MUST DO OUR PARTS TO ADDRESS THE RACE ISSUES IN OUR COUNTRY. These issues belong to all of us, even if you can’t see it just yet – please trust that each of us can do something to help.

Stumble as I may, screw up as I will, I am going to try to help. Please come along with me to daily think about and generate action. Let’s start today.

Suggested action: Grab a journal and respond to these 3 questions:

How might I possess privilege (defined as “when one group has something of value that is denied to others simply because of the groups they belong to, rather than because of anything they’ve done or failed to do.” ~Peggy McIntosh)? Some categories to consider:

Race

Gender

Citizenship

Class

Sexual orientation

Ability

Religion

Physical stature

Health

How might my privilege in any of these categories affect how I perceive someone or act toward someone who has less privilege in the same category?

What is one thing I can do today to use my privilege to enhance the life of someone else who lacks that same privilege?

I’ll do the same, and I’ll share the results with you in the next couple of days. Maybe some good ideas for actions will result. Maybe we can begin to peer outside of our comfortable positions of privilege to contribute in a more proactive, tangible, real way to making our small corners of this world a more equal, respected and loving space.

I expect it will be painful, I expect it’ll take some of my all-too-scarce time, and I expect it to be an inconvenience. I also know with certainty that if I get to the end of my life not having tried a little harder because it hurt a little, took some time and was inconvenient, that I will have defaulted on the glorious loan of life my God has given me. Who knows – it might actually work, it might in fact add a little light to the darkness, and it might be a rich adventure.

Scotland County Health Department Schedule

Thursday, July 21 – Clinic hours from 8-10:00 a.m. for immunizations. Nurse available at the Scotland County Nutrition Site for blood pressure checks from 11:00 a.m. to Noon.

Friday, July 22 – Clinic hours from 8:00-3:30 for fasting blood sugars, cholesterols and blood draws, blood pressure checks, immunizations, nail care, etc.

Tuesday, July 26 – Clinic hours from 8-9:00 a.m. for fasting blood sugars and cholesterols and blood draws and from 12-2:30 p.m. for immunizations, blood pressure checks, nail care, etc.

Thursday, July 28 – Clinic hours from 8-10:00 a.m. for immunizations.

Greenley Research Center Field Day to Focus on Battling a Challenging Growing Season 

Kelly Nelson, research agronomist, will be one of several presenters during the 39th annual Greenley Research Center Field Day in Novelty, MO.  Photo by Logan Jackson, University of Missouri

Kelly Nelson, research agronomist, will be one of several presenters during the 39th annual Greenley Research Center Field Day in Novelty, MO. Photo by Logan Jackson, University of Missouri

This growing season has been a challenging one so far, with early dry conditions and escalating weed control problems.

The Greenley Research Center will cover both of these management issues during its 39th annual Field Day on Tuesday, August 9.

The agronomy tour will address innovative irrigation options in both corn and soybeans. There will be a follow-up presentation to the drip-tape irrigation system that was installed as part of Greenley’s Field Day in 2014. Results from its long-term drainage and subirrigation work focusing on yield variability will also be presented.

“We are currently utilizing both the drip-tape and subsurface irrigation systems this year,” said Dana Harder, Greenley superintendent. “Last year, it was so wet the systems were not used, so it will be good to see them in action.”

The pest management tour is back after a year hiatus to focus on cover crops in 2015.

“Weed control has been a big issue this growing season,” Harder added.

Weed science related presentations will be a focal point of the tour, which includes discussions on field pennycress and the importance of cleaning spray equipment. Field pennycress is traditionally a winter annual weed but is now being used as a biofuel and cover crop. Logan Bishop, a University of Missouri graduate student in plant, insect and microbial science, will showcase Greenley’s findings on the influence of field pennycress seeding dates into corn and how various corn herbicide programs affect field pennycress yield.

“Our work is focused on developing the agronomic management of field pennycress as a crop,” Harder said. “We have data-driven results to present from our initial trials.”

Along with the agronomy and pest management tour, there will be a beef tour. Topics include toxic plants and substances for beef cattle, pasture weed control management, and artificial insemination protocol evaluations for mature beef cattle.

Randy Miles, associate professor emeritus in soil science, will give soil health demonstrations throughout the Field Day. The University of Missouri-Kansas City AgrAbility Pharm to Farm Project will also conduct free personal health screenings for interested attendees.

The Field Day is free and open to the public. A free breakfast begins at 7 a.m., with tours beginning at 8 a.m. There will also be a program at noon that includes a free lunch. After the program, attendees can learn more about the MU Drainage and Subirrigation research conducted at Greenley.

The Greenley Research Center is located at 64399 Greenley Place in Novelty, Mo. For more information about the Field Day, call (660) 739-4410 or email Dana Harder at harderd@missouri.edu. For more information about the Greenley Research Center, visit greenley.cafnr.org

Clarity, Conviction and Integrity

Missouri desperately needs leaders of clarity, conviction and integrity. This year, we’re blessed to have an excellent slate of conservative candidates for statewide office. While any of them would be far more capable than their liberal counterparts, there are a few that stand out from the crowd.

For the past eight years, we’ve seen the damage that can be done by a liberal, career politician who has been more focused on the next office he can run for rather than focusing on the Missourians he was elected to represent. Jay Nixon has seemingly been absent from the office outside of making sure to veto as many bills as possible that were passed by our Republican legislature. It’s time to send a conservative outsider who won’t be afraid to roll up his sleeves and get Missouri moving again. Eric Greitens is the perfect fit for this need. Eric had the courage to fight for our freedoms in four deployments as a Navy Seal and we can count on him to fight for us as Missouri’s next Governor.

In the race to be Missouri’s next Lieutenant Governor, Bev Randles is the proven conservative we need. Though she is new to running for public office, Bev Randles is not new to the conservative fight. For over a decade, she has been involved in grassroots efforts to promote various issues, including standing up to the Nixon administration and securing the first income tax cut for hardworking Missourians in nearly 100 years. Bev knows that government doesn’t create jobs, our small business owners do As Missouri’s next Lieutenant Governor, we can count on her to continue to fight for limited government and stand up for the values we all hold dear.

When it comes to Missouri’s next Attorney General, we need an Attorney General who will fight for all Missourians and not cower to the liberal left. Kurt Schaefer is a proven prosecutor with a record of protecting our communities and standing up for what is right. As a prosecutor, Kurt Schaefer put away hundreds of dangerous criminals. In the Missouri Senate, Kurt has been a bulldog for our constitutional rights. In fact, Kurt fought against billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun group and won. As the chairman of the Sanctity of Life Committee, he stood tall against attacks from the left and defunded Planned Parenthood in Missouri. He’s endorsed by the NRA, the Missouri State Troopers Association, Missouri Right to Life, and several of Missouri’s agriculture groups. With dangerous mandates coming down from Washington, D.C. that target our constitutional rights, we can count on Kurt Schaefer to fight back.

For too long, liberal Secretaries of State have used the office to advance their agenda. In fact, since 1945, Missouri has only had two Republican Secretaries of State. With Jay Ashcroft, we have the chance to send a principled, consistent conservative to Jefferson City to ensure our elections are fair and free from corruption. Jay has been a tireless proponent of photo voter ID in Missouri which will root out fraud and ensure that folks who vote are who they say they are, and ensure our elections are fair. Jay also knows that burdensome regulation stifle our economy. He will be an advocate for small businesses and farmers by streamlining the process for creating a business and stopping unconstitutional job-killing regulations.

I encourage you to get out and vote on August 2nd for these outstanding conservatives. Together, we can get Missouri back on track.

Ron Alexander

Memphis, MO

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