Join us for a panel discussion on CAFO’s and the Costco/LPP Project in Nebraska.

The panel will feature local leaders involved in this issue and a Q&A session will follow. The panel will include:

Ken Winston will serve as our moderator. Ken is an environmental advocate with deep Nebraska roots. He is currently the Policy and Outreach Director for Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light. He has represented the Sierra Club as a Policy Advocate before the Legislature and in campaigns supporting renewable energy, retiring coal plants and opposing the Keystone XL pipeline.

Julie Hindmarsh served on the Public Health faculty of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing for twenty years until her retirement in 2011. Currently she manages her family’s 100 year farm in Dodge County Nebraska. When she heard that COSTCO intended to build the largest chicken processing plant in the U.S within five miles of her farm, she became concerned that no one was asking the public health questions related to the barns.

Edison McDonald originally got into agricultural policy working for Senator Nelson and the Presbyterian Office of Public Witness working on The Farm Bill. This experience led him to a deeper understanding of the role that the farm bill played regarding his family farm. Since then he has worked on agricultural policy in a variety of fashions. In 2015 he met with a group of concerned citizens from the Dodge County area who were concerned about the effects of the new Costco plant on their community. His work with GC Resolve, Nebraska Communities United, and citizens across Nebraska has helped to slow the project and ensure that Costco is held to Nebraska standards.

Jonathan Leo has worked as an environmental and land use lawyer and consultant for 40 years. He has lived in Lincoln since September, 2017. He serves on the Board of Directors of Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light and he is the Policy Coordinator and Legal Advisor for the Lancaster Hills Alliance, , whose members have sued Lancaster County and Randy Essink to set aside the permit for a 4-barn, 190,000 chicken CAFO near Crete.

Pam Wakeman has lived in Nebraska for 20 years. She?s originally from Indiana, where she grew up on a farm near a very small farming community. Pam is active in her church, the Lincoln Quilters Guild, and is politically active in social causes. Both the farm and home are approx. 1 mile from the proposed industrial factory Costco chicken barns.

Sponsors: Bluestem Sierra Club, GC Resolve, Nebraskans for Peace, and Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light.