Valley Oaks Steak Company’s Proposed Expansion
Valley Oaks Steak Company, LLC, located on 50 Highway just three miles from Powell Gardens and about the same distance from downtown Lone Jack, is currently in the planning phase of expanding their confined animal feeding operation (CAFO). The expansion they have proposed will include housing and processing of cattle and will increase the number of cattle on their 400 acres from nearly 900 to 6,999.
A Public Hearing has been arranged by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to address community concerns about the detrimental environmental impact approval of this permit could have on these iconic gardens and the surrounding rural and residential communities.
What Can You Do?
- Join concerned citizens in their opposition by attending the hearing from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 3 at the Warrensburg Community Center, 445 East Gay St, Warrensburg, Mo.
- Invite your friends, colleagues and families. Stand up or bring written comments to the hearing to voice your concerns.
- Follow Powell Gardens on Facebook and Instagram. Spread the message on social media using #protectpowellgardens
- For background information on CAFOS, please visit the related links below then write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper.
Reports on CAFOs
Missouri Rural Crisis Center: What’s going on in Missouri agriculture, including House and Senate bills about to be passed in Missouri that make it more difficult to regulate CAFOS
EPA’s key characteristics of CAFOS
EPA’s agriculture page
EPA’s Compliance Guide for Producers
CDC Report on CAFOs
Union of Concerned Scientists
Battle Over ‘Local Control’ of Farms Brews in Callaway County
When the Dust Settles
Concerned neighbors hold meeting on JoCo meat plant expansion
$6,000 reward offered in cattle shootings at JoCo meat plant
STLPublicradio.org: Missouri Rejects Demands to Toughen Odor Laws for Concentrated Animal Feedlot