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States' Management of AFOs: Balancing Economic Benefits and Environmental Responsibilities

Paul Johnson1

We often hear the dual challenge "common sense and good science." Unfortunately, we are now faced with an animal agriculture that seems to have ignored both. Bringing sense and reason to our present condition will demand agreement on basic standards, followed by challenging scientific and technical innovations. It will also call us to individual and corporate responsibility that many have thus far been unwilling to accept.


1Director, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Wallace State Office Building, 502 E. 9th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319-0034 (

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