Fremont County Board Denounces Iowa’s “Master Matrix”

SIDNEY – Fremont County supervisors approved a resolution Tuesday asking the state to suspend animal feeding permits under the “master matrix” formula that opponents say favors factory farms.

Iowa reports the addition of 500 concentrated animal feeding operations per year since 2001 and a Des Moines Register report says 97 percent of all applications are now approved under the Master Matrix.

Officials in over 20 Iowa counties are expressing concern.

Fremont County supervisors say the master matrix fails to take into account geography, water sources and other critical considerations through different regions of the state.

Board Chairman Randy Hickey ad vice-chairman Terry Graham discussed the resolution.

Hickey: “At least we’re making the statement that, you know.” Graham: “It needs to be changed.” Hickey. “It just needs looked at. I’m all for agriculture, but I’m also for… Graham: “The thing is they are supposed to be representing all Iowans, not just hog farmers.”

“Failure to properly take into consideration information within the knowledge of local sources has highlighted the failings of the Master Matrix,” the board said.

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