Heartland CAFO operation sentenced in federal pollution case


    The owner and manager of a Heartland confined feeding operation have avoided jail time after admitting to illegally discharging pollution into a creek.

    Etcher Family Farms owner Scott Allen Etcher was sentenced to five years of probation. Etcher farm manager Benjamin Allen McFarland received two years.

    Additionally, the company also agreed to organizational probation and a $50,000 fine.

    The men admitted that in July 2015, at the Etcher Family Farms facility near New London, McFarland negligently discharged agricultural waste from the CAFO located property.

    The pollutants were directly discharged and went into an unnamed tributary to Big Creek and that the discharge was committed under the direct supervision of Scott Etcher.

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