April 8, 2010

Poultry Farms

Will large poultry and egg farms come to roost in Idaho? California recently tightened its animal welfare laws, sending poultry companies looking for new locations. Idaho has few regulations, and proposals in the state legislature to set new standards failed this session. So what should Idaho's policy makers do now? How do we balance the need for clean air and water with the need for the new jobs these large-scale farms would bring? What kind of animal well-being requirements should the state adopt?

Host Joan Cartan-Hansen poses these questions to a panel of experts which include State Senator Tom Corder (R-Mountain Home); Matt Thompson, a waste management engineer from AgTec; Lisa Kauffman, Idaho State Director of the Humane Society of the United States; and Courtney Washburn, Community Conservation Director for the Idaho Conservation League.