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It's that time of year again when county supervisors must pass the master matrix – a scoring system that supposedly holds factory farms to higher standards. Every January, each county must re-adopt the master matrix in order to recommend denial of factory farms.

We know the master matrix is far from perfect. But for now, it's the only tool we have.

What we really need in Iowa is true local control and a moratorium. We won't get there though unless we all step up to the plate – including supervisors.

Everyday Iowans have been contacting their elected officials for years, asking for more protections from factory farms – but those calls have gone unheeded. Now, it's time for our supervisors to join the chorus. In addition to re-adopting the master matrix, they should also call on the Legislature to reign in the factory farm industry. Twenty counties have already taken this important step, either by writing letters or passing resolutions.

Call your supervisors today. Ask them demand more protections from factory farms. We're counting on supervisors to stand up for air, water and health!

Jan McGinnis, Marshalltown

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