CONTACT: DAN MCMILLAN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-6835; fax (319) 384-4638
Release: Nov. 15, 2001
UI TO HOST MEETING NOV. 16 IN DES MOINES ON ISSUES SURROUNDING
CONCENTRATED ANIMAL FEEDING OPERATION
The University of Iowa Environmental Health Sciences Research Center (EHSRC),
with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), will
hold an "Iowa Town Meeting" to discuss environmental and public
health issues related to concentrated animal feeding operations from 8 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 at the Hotel Fort Des Moines in Des Moines.
Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) -- large agricultural operations
where animals are kept and raised in confined situations -- have emerged as
a top environmental health concern among rural residents in Iowa. The town
meeting will provide a forum to discuss these concerns and present the most
recent scientific information on the subject.
Meeting participants will include Kenneth Olden, Ph.D., director of the NIEHS,
Jeffrey Vonk, director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and Peter
Thorne, Ph.D., director of the EHSRC. More than 200 people, including farm
community members, livestock producers, farm organizations, environmental
groups, members of the scientific community, and state and local government
officials, have registered to attend.