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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 23, 2014

Heartland Co-op will be boon for local economy

By Carol Carlson | Apr 03, 2014

To the editor:

Wake up Fairfield! Wake up Jefferson County!

This is Iowa. One of the largest businesses of Iowa is agriculture. We have some of the richest soil in the world; why not use it to produce livestock and grain to help feed the world? Today, the average farmer must produce enough to feed approximately 170 people. In order to do this we must provide facilities to to handle these products. One of the signs of a thriving rural community is a large grain elevator. These are the “skyscrapers” of our world.

About 20 years ago there was a big controversy about zoning for the county. Many people believed all the hype that was spread around what would happen if we had county zoning. Well, zoning was soundly rejected. Now, as then, the owners of the rural acres are free to build and use their land as they wish. Why not support a facility that would bring our local farmers (businessmen) more money for their crops, less fuel consumption to get them to handling facilities, and bring business from surrounding areas to Jefferson County?

I urge the county supervisors to take a stand and support whatever must be done to bring this business to our community and help our local economy.

 

– Carol Carlson, Fairfield

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