Myth #7

My property value will decrease if a livestock operation locates next to or near my property. 
  • Opponents say “Property near Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) is devalued by 50% to 90%.” 
  • In truth, large scale CAFOs create positive impacts through job creation and increased tax base.  Many of these studies on property devaluation don’t account for overall increases in property values resulting from the increased economic activity attributed to the CAFO.

Did you know that the livestock industry in Illinois creates $11 billion in economic activity, $334 million in tax revenues, and more than 60,000 jobs?

 
 

Myths and Facts on Livestock Expansion Illinois

Myth #1
Livestock odors will cause asthma in my children (air quality)

Myth #2
Livestock operations will pollute my groundwater (water quality)

Myth #3
Antibiotic resistance is a result of modern livestock production.

Myth #4
Facilities don’t have established procedures or plans to avoid or handle spills, runoff, etc.

Myth #5
Use of manure in pivot irrigation spews the smell everywhere.

Myth #6
Toxic chemicals are emitted from livestock facilities. 

Myth #7
My property value will decrease if a livestock operation locates next to or near my property. 

Myth #8
Our local roads can’t handle the weight of the heavier trucks that livestock operations require.

Myth #9
Livestock operations dispose of dead animals in unsanitary ways.

Myth #10
Livestock operations raise animals in harmful and inhumane ways.