By Kira Lerner
Reposted from http://thinkprogress.org/election/2015/03/07/3631076/farmers-protest-ag-summit/ on March 31, 2015
Barb Kalbach stands near a hog confinement facility, near Orient, Iowa. Kalbach has fought for more than a decade against the construction of huge hog operations, and has joined Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, a nonprofit thats against such enterprises because members believe they are ruining Iowas waterways.
DES MOINES, IOWA — “I understand the Ag barons have called a party, and you’re crashing it,” Bill Stowe, the CEO of Des Moines Water Works, told a group of farmers, activists and environmentalists gathered on Friday, the night before Republican politicians will ascend on Des Moines for the Iowa Agriculture Summit.