‘Not In My Back Yard’ not good enough reason to oppose something
I am responding to one person’s view on a hog barn being built near her parent’s farm that she does not live by.
I understand that this person may never be OK or come to understand the need for a hog building near her family.
And so I am reaching out to the rest of the readers to think about this topic in a different light.
It used to be understood that if you live in the country there will be (not might be) dust, animals being raised, smells, equipment running in the fields, etc. next to where you live and going up and down the roads at any given hour. If you lived in town there would be neighbors in your back yard, noise, traffic, possibly factories with smells coming from them.
If lucky enough you got to “pick your poison” … decide which area had the most benefit for your desires and the understanding you would have to “live with and accept” the parts that weren’t your favorite where you lived.
Today people move to the country for the big open spaces, quiet life and all that conjures in their mind, or they move to town for the smaller yards, less work, neighborliness, convenience to stores, etc.
The problem is this is where it ends. There is no room to allow or accept their neighbors way of life in the country which may be that neighbors livelihood or the new business that comes to town that may change the town “landscape or demeanor” even though that new business brings jobs, revenue, population, children to the local school, etc.
Have you heard of the NIMBYs?
It is great to see an eagle’s nest high up in the tree with her little ones on some gravel road in the country … as long as it is not on the gravel road you live on causing undo traffic, people and dust.
It is great to generate electricity from the wind, a natural resource … as long as it is not near where you live, causing you to have to look at those big wind turbines dotted all over the countryside.
It is great to live in an area where food is plentiful, safe to eat, and the most inexpensive in all the world … as long as it is not grown or processed where you live.
I could add more examples but I think you get where I am going — NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard).
This one hog building being written about will affect around seven jobs to the county, increasing the potential for more students to attend our small struggling schools.
It will add approximately $3,500 in tax revenue each year to the county which a portion goes directly to the Howard County Schools as well as to the area community college.
The pigs raised in this one barn over the course of one year will feed approximately 21,000 people in a year.
The jobs/businesses utilized to build this building include: bankers, insurance salesmen and companies, excavators, concrete contractors, builders, plumbers, electricians, people who build slats, motors, fans, feeders, steel sheeting, etc., truckers who deliver all the supplies to build the building, landscapers, quarry workers for the rock needed around the site, nurseries for tree/shrub planting.
After the building is built it continuously needs people to grind the feed, deliver the feed, care for the animals, maintain the grounds, make repairs.
These are just a few of the workers required of a building and the workings of it.
I don’t know about you but that is a lot of families positively affected by the building of one hog building.