Protest slows local business' state permitting process
by C.F. David
A local business, C&M Feedlots southeast of Boise City has found a bump in its road to being permitted as a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation, or CAFO.
The feedlot hit a snag after complying with state regulations and contacting each landowner within a mile of the facility. She has numerous letters of support, one letter of concern, and one letter of protest, and that letter is holding up her certification.
(The Boise City News has yet to contact the protester.)
“We've passed [certification] but that letter is holding us up,” said co-owner Margi Murdock.
Murdock, of Felt, explains that she and husband Chuck bought the facility at a Sheriff's sale in 1999, cleaned it up and have ran it ever since.
“When we started, it was just us, (she and Chuck), we've added people since then.”
“This feedlot has been here for more than 30 years,” Murdock said.
The feedlot, at present employing 12 people, and feeding 7 thousand head, has a capacity for 10 thousand cattle.
“We don't want to enlarge the lot; we aren't drilling any wells. We have put a lot of money in this place so we can be legal. I want the state to inspect me anytime they want, because we are legal,” Murdock said.
Murdock explained that the manure in the feedlot was removed by a contractor who picked it up for free and sold it as fertilizer.
“Any water goes down to a pit,” she explained. The pit, is designed to withstand the drainage from the feedlot and what is called a 100 year rain, (a flash flood).
“This business spends more than $1 million in the county,” Murdock said. “We also pay more than $14 thousand in taxes, and our payroll is about $250 to 300 thousand each year,” she added. “I buy everything in the county; I go to the grocery store, I don't go to Wal-Mart, Amarillo or Dumas. I buy corn here, hay here and what feed I can here.”
Murdock leafs through a notebook full of letters in support of the business, “I have been really impressed with the support we have gotten. We have a lot of friends we didn't know we had.”
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