Keep Buffalo National River Pristine: Ask Cargill to Move C&H Pigs!

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A factory farm threatens to pollute the Buffalo, America’s First National River. Please ask Cargill to move C&H Farms, Inc. to a more appropriate location. This factory farm will produce over three million gallons of manure, litter, and wastewater each year. Don’t let waste ruin the Buffalo National River. Cargill is C&H Farm’s primary customer. Please ask Cargill to move C&H farms to a more appropriate location and protect the watershed of the Buffalo National River. Learn More.

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  • Gregory Page, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

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Please move C & H CAFO from the Buffalo National River

Dear [Decision Maker],

I respectfully ask you to work with the owners of C&H Hog Farms, Inc. in Newton County, Arkansas, to find a more suitable location for the concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO), C&H Hog Farms, Inc. Because it is sited in the watershed of America's first national river, the Buffalo National River, please assist the CAFO owners, Jason Henson, Philip Campbell, and Richard Campbell, in moving C&H Hog Farm, Inc., from this protected watershed.

By working with the owners to move this CAFO, you honor Cargill's 2012 commitment to corporate responsibility which states, "We are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way; reducing our environmental impact; and improving the communities where we live and work."

The incompatible location threatens a primary economic driver in the Ozarks. Tourism in the Buffalo River region creates 3,495 jobs and generates $18.5 million in state taxes and $5.9 million in local taxes*. This farm threatens those jobs, and while the farm's owner has stated he may be able to provide 10-12 jobs in the local economy, and generate a little over $20,000 in taxes, it is hardly a fair trade off.

The Buffalo National River is one of the few remaining unpolluted free flowing rivers in the lower 48 states. As a unit of the National Park System, it is afforded greater protection, and is part of a unique system of America's best places and our nation's first commitment to sustainable conservation. It is also beloved by the people of Arkansas.

Is this watershed really an appropriate location for large scale hog farming? I am not anti-farm or anti-farmer, but I believe it is important to protect America's natural, cultural, and historic resources and our national parks. I recognize that the operators have a lot to lose unless they work with you as their primary customer and the United States Department of Agriculture's Farm Services Agency as their primary loan partner to find a solution that allows the Henson and Campbell families to raise pork for Cargill in a place more suitable for large scale CAFO operations.




*Reference: http://www.arkansas.com/ See Economic Reports, published every March.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]

National Parks Conservation Association
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