EPA to Inspect Valley Dairy Farms

Dec 27, 2010 Read more: NBC29 Charlottesville 11
Dairy farmers in Rockingham County are preparing for a visit from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Read more
Gru

United States

#3 Dec 27, 2010
Thanks, EPA!!! There go the dairy prices (along with gas and every other *#&$^ thing!). Hard enough to farm as it is, without having the EPA all up in your business! Tell you what -- I KNOW there's far more of IT coming out of the politicians' mouths than the cows' behinds -- why doesn't the EPA start THERE, first, and leave the farmers alone!!!
lord

Barnesville, OH

#4 Dec 27, 2010
Much more damage is done to the bay by nitrogen produced by septic waste and erosion occurring due to development is sensitive areas. Part of that problem is that developers and financiers of these projects can afford to buy off our politicians and the dairy farmers can't.
It could be a positive thing if the inspectors educated the farmers about factors they weren't aware of. A friend who is a chef told me he learned a lot of useful information from a health inspector regarding food safety, for instance. If the EPA inspectors act as educators, than good, but if they act to shut down farms and impose fines the dairy consumer will suffer as well as the farmers who are up against enough already just because it's winter.
Caroline

Disputanta, VA

#5 Dec 27, 2010
Well, ask the oystermen who have worked the Chesapeake Bay for YEARS how they feel about nitrogen pollution generated by farms. Pennsylvania is the largest polluter of the Bay, and it's because of the farm runoff - not septic systems, not erosion. Nobody wants the EPA all up in their business, but at what point do we decide we want our clean water back??
Gru

United States

#6 Dec 27, 2010
Maybe when you're paying upwards of $8 or $9 a gallon for milk? And I'll wager more people drink milk (and eat beef) than eat sno-- oysters.
lil common sense

Washington, DC

#7 Dec 27, 2010
It's a well-known fact that the Chesapeake Bay is polluted, and I'm sure we have no idea just how rough this has been on the fishermen and watermen in the areas around the bay. HOWEVER, not just one group is responsible for this situation. Homeowners, developers, sewage plants, farmers, wildlife, VDOT, and more contribute pollution. WE ALL LIVE DOWNSTREAM!

For the EPA to single out dairy farmers, mostly because they have confined feeding situations, is wrong!!! Fairfax County has the highest application rate of fertilizers and pesticides per acre, and we know there are no farms there, so homeowners and landscape companies for businesses are to blame. And, wait, Fairfax is on the Potomac which feeds into the Bay.

Rural counties all around Charlottesville have homes with straight pipes -- that is, no septic systems, just waste that runs directly into streams. Those need to be checked out by the EPA as well.

Deer and bears poop in the streams; don't ask me how they're gonna rectify that situation! Some farmers also contribute by poor management skills, or the lack of money to implement BMPs (best management practices). However, there are many farmers working hard to protect the land and water. After all, they're our livlihood. Why would we mistreat it???

Sounds like the EPA is trying to point fingers and harrass the easiest targets. Sound like the federal gvt. we all know? Suuuuuure does...
lil common sense

Washington, DC

#8 Dec 27, 2010
Ugh! Not sure why this says I'm from New York, but I'm right here in the Piedmont and have a vested interest in this issue.
farmer

United States

#9 Dec 27, 2010
Farms are by far not to blame for the total problem. They are any easy target to implement an improvement. Most farmers want to reduce the impact of there operation and have been working for a number of years to do so (I have been doing so very aggressively for the past 4 years and take steps for a great deal longer). However suburban America wants to compete with their neighbors on who has the greenest lawn.... and in doing so over applies chemicals of all types which ultimately end up in the bay. the average Happy Harry Home Owner thinks if a little makes a difference then a lot will make a bigger difference. The EPA needs to visit Lowe's and Home Depot and see just how much chemicals are dumped in the bay, I mean sold so they end up in the bay.

Yes Farmers do need to make improvements but so do the rest!
mow

Charlottesville, VA

#10 Dec 27, 2010
Heaven forbid the EPA should do their job. I spect the ones who cry the most have the most to hide.
Also

Hopewell, VA

#11 Dec 28, 2010
The EPA is ILLEGAL! The constitution is designed to provide a box to contain the Federal Gov't, the alphabet soup orgaizations like the EPA operate way outside that box. Things like "envronmental protection" are supposed to be left up to the Individual State not some bloated, self regulating organization of unelected bureaucrats.
Thomas the train

Buffalo, NY

#12 Dec 28, 2010
To hell with the non accountable EPA, time to revolt all ye peasents, their selling us out
zZz

Charlottesville, VA

#14 Dec 28, 2010
This is udderly ridiculous !

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