The grassroots organizing group Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (Iowa CCI) has scheduled a tour of community meetings across the state to gather input from Iowans on how to strengthen the Master Matrix. The first stop on the tour was in Charles City on March 2. Twenty community members from Floyd, Cerro Gordo, Mitchell, and Howard counties attended the meeting to brainstorm how the Master Matrix could better protect their communities and environment from factory farm pollution.
The Master Matrix is one of the few tools counties and citizens have to weigh in on factory farm construction. However, it is far from perfect and doesn’t go far enough in protecting Iowans or the environment from factory farm pollution. Meeting attendees will have the opportunity to learn more and discuss the Master Matrix, as well as provide input on how it should change.
Counties across the state are beginning to take a stand on factory farms. In January, Allamakee and Winneshiek counties passed resolutions calling for a suspension on factory farm construction until the Legislature fixed the Master Matrix. Floyd County passed a similar resolution that called for changes to the Master Matrix. In late 2016, Webster and Pocahontas counties wrote letters to legislators and the Iowa DNR calling for a moratorium and more local control.
This shows growing momentum for local control and a moratorium on new and expanding factory farms in Iowa.Master Matrix Community Meetings Tour
Wednesday, March 15 at 6:30 to 8:00 PM Hotel Greenfield 110 E Iowa St, Greenfield, IA
Tuesday, March 21 at 6:30 to 8:00 PM Lohrville Public Library 609 2nd Ave, Lohrville, IA
Thursday, March 30 at 6:00 to 7:30 PM Ames Public Library, PEO Room515 Douglas Ave, Ames, IA
Tuesday, April 4 at 6:30 to 8:00 PM Solon Public Library 320 W Main St, Solon, IA
Saturday, April 8 at 9:30 to 11:00 AM Le Mars Public Library 46 1st St SW, Le Mars, IA