"Thinking through those ‘what if’ scenarios will pay off if there is a manure spill, a fire, an animal health emergency, a sudden death of a key person on the farm, et cetera,” said Kimmi Devaney, livestock program manager for ISDA.
“I attended a zoning meeting about unlicensed dog kennels. It got ugly. I realized my 50 cows make more mess and noise than nine to 10 dogs, and I decided to get the highest certification I could get to stay above the law in case it ever happens to me.”
Grants available to help fund poultry, livestock expansions
Farmers interested in expanding their pasture-raised poultry or livestock operations may be eligible for grants of up to $2,500 from nonprofit Fund-a-Farmer. The project is also for those who want to transition to a pasture-based system.
AAA reports from inside D.C. animal-rights activists meeting
“Sending eyes and ears to events like the Animal Rights Conference to gather information about what activist groups are planning and saying behind closed doors is very important in order for the industry to better understand the animal rights movement and how it affects their business.”