6 responses to Visiting The Amish of Big Valley – Part 2: Milk Cans & Farm Runoff
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    PYDOG
    Comment on Amish Not the Problem (May 6th, 2016 at 09:19)

    Amish Not the Problem

    I work in the environmental field and am familiar with EPA requirements concerning nutrient concentration in run-off from farm fields. One way to fight run-off is through grass and tree buffer zones around small streams and drainage ditches. In our area, when the government began to subsidize ethanol production, the per bushel price of corn skyrocketed. Farmers began to plow up what had been pasture to plant corn. They also bull-dozed the buffer zones around streams and ditches just to get more planting area. All these things caused more run-off. Another example of unintended consequences.

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    Comment on I wrote the EPA RULES AND REGULATOINS TITLE 40 1976 (May 6th, 2016 at 09:47)

    I wrote the EPA RULES AND REGULATOINS TITLE 40 1976

    Regarding the EPA Clean Water Regulations of the Clean Water Act written many decades ago. The Secret to compliance is small farms of approximately 20 acres or less controlling the number of animals per acre which should be no more than the soil can absorb. COMMON SENSE. IF YOU are SEEING GREEN SLIM IN YOU PONDS THEN MOST LIKE THE RUNOFF THE POND is TOO HIGH IN NUTRIENTS. RECYCLE REUSE EVERYTHING. SELL THE RECYCLABLES FOR CASH. DO NOT DRINK SMOKE OR TATOO YOURSELF. AND most common colds are caused from Bacteria in the water which grow on the slim.

    And Please do not try to build a toilet for a Clydesdale or An African Elephant AND Have a Great Weekend.

    Rob Pappenfort
    Southwest Iowa
    Year of our Lord
    May 6, 2016

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Unintended consequences... (May 12th, 2016 at 13:25)

    Unintended consequences...

    PYDOG, I hope someone from the “government” becomes a regular reader of this blog. They may learn a thing or two.

    Alice Mary

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    Robert W. Pappenfort,P.E.
    Comment on Family Farms (May 15th, 2016 at 07:14)

    Family Farms

    The ways of the Amish Farming are as old as the bible. Animals waste can be a problem but only if the land is overloaded. Runoff from a smaller farm is easier to control. Giant commercial feedlots of commercial non Amish farms and WALMART PARKING LOTS and CLUSTERS OF CONCRETE BLOBS OF VERY POORLY CONSTRUCTED TOWNS EXAMPLE: EAST BLOOMFIELD,IOWA. AND BRANSON,MISSOURI.

    I have environmental records back to 1940 when lithium was first added to the periodic table. Lithium BATTERIES POLLUTE MORE THAT ALL THE AMISH IN THE WORLD. Having worked EPA ENFORCEMENT 46 years it is not an easy job. EXCEPT FOR THE CURRENT WASHINGTON REALLY EDUCATED CZAR PEOPLE.These are some of the TOXIC METALS: LITHIUM LEAD BARIUM ARSENIC CHROME 6 NICKEL ZINC Cadmium BORON Phosphorus.
    Our enemy is technology devices TOXIC METALS. EVEN THIS DEVICE I TYPE ON POLLUTES MORE THAN ANY ANIMAL.

    Radioactive wastes are even trickier to evaluate and dispose.

    COMMON HORSE SENSE! In Enforcement of any LAW WORKS. STUPID LAWS DONT WORK. RECYCLE REUSE and Reclaim the land. WASTE IS THAT FOR WHICH THERE IS NO USE INTENDED. AND PRAY. And Don’t save the Fire ANT AS THEY SAY IN TEXAS we have a good supply.

    My Great Aunt Hazel McCallister Smith of Louisiana,Mo. always said as she baked: YOU CANNOT TAKE IT WITH YOU WHEN YOU GO UP ON THE HILL meaning the Riverview Cemetery.

    You will find the highest levels of Lithium in DEATH VALLEY AND IN VOLCANIC AREAS. And TRY TO distribute the Farm Equipment in North Missouri to other Areas in need. Thank you.

    Robert W. Pappenfort,P.E.
    Pappenfort Oil Company, Inc.
    Exploration and Production
    Illinois, Iowa and Kansas

    Since 1848.

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