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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.

Public Hearing:

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

Valley Oaks Steak Co. Violation

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

Permitting of CAFOS in Missouri

EPA’s key characteristics of CAFOS

EPA’s agriculture page

EPA’s Compliance Guide for Producers

CDC Report on CAFOs

Union of Concerned Scientists

Socially Responsible Project for Agriculture

The Food Environmental Network, independent investigative non-profit

National News

One Woman Takes a Brave Stand Against Factory Farming

Battle Over ‘Local Control’ of Farms Brews in Callaway County

When the Dust Settles

Local News

Concerned neighbors hold meeting on JoCo meat plant expansion
$6,000 reward offered in cattle shootings at JoCo meat plant

Kansas City Star: Powell Gardens Fears Being Downwind of Cattle Feedlot

Kansas City Business Journal: Powell gardens Fights Expansion of Cattle Feedlot

Associated Press, published in Seattle Times: Botanical Garden Fears Impact of Nearby Cattle Feedlot

Fox 4: Butcher Shop Hoping To Expand in Lone Jack Causes Controversy for Community Missouri Rejects Demands to Toughen Odor Laws for Concentrated Animal Feedlot