Missouri Farms Dairy
(MFD), Golden City, MO. was cited Friday, December 29, 2006 for allowing wastewater to flow from its lagoon into Dry Fork Branch, a violation of their operating permit. Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) Environmental Specialist, George Parsons, indicated that there were some maintenence issues causing the pollution problems.
Missouri Farms Dairy, originally called Hylton Dairy, was built on a 538-acre farm near Maple Grove (MO.). It is Jasper County's first confined animal feeding operation (CAFO) involving cows. The dairy produces about 6 million cubic feet of manure annually, according to The Joplin Globe
, Wednesday, January 3, 2007, DNR Cites Dairy Runoff
A $3 million construction permit was issued by MDNR in 2000 to Danny Hylton of Hylton Dairy. It was aquired by MFD in 2004.
An adjacent property owner and environmental activist, Brent Erwin, spoke to the Jasper County Commission on Thursday, January 4, 2006, and encouraged the County to enact a CAFO ordinance. He reminded the comission that he asked for regulation of the large, concentrated livestock operation in 1999. "You said that you would look at a CAFO ordinance, but you dropped the ball." Erwin said that MFD has 1250 cows and a 10-acre lagoon. "If they can't manage their runoff in a drought, what's going to happen when we get a wet season?" Jasper County Commissioner Jim Honey responded by saying "I'm most interested in seeing setbacks from roads and streams. I don't think the county has the reources or the scientific knowledge to police them (CAFOs) otherwise". Erwin said that thirteen counties in Missouri have enacted CAFO ordinances, and that at least one, in Linn County, has withstood a court challenge.