The woman who’s been Iowa’s ag secretary for the past eight years used her first speech as lieutenant governor to call for reconciliation among those feuding about the state’s livestock industry.
Lieutenant Governor Patty Judge of Albia says large-scale livestock confinements have pitted neighbor against neighbor. "It is time to engage in long-range plans that will allow us to both enjoy a healthy economy and to improve our environment," Judge says. "We will do this together as one Iowa." Judge isn’t providing specifics, however, on how to ease tensions over the issue.
While Judge was a member of the state senate she voted to establish statewide standards for the livestock industry. Others argue counties and cities should have the authority to decide where livestock confinements may be built.