It did generate a headline in the Twin Falls Times News, but maybe the comments by V.C. (Lud) Prudek merit some wider attention.
The scene was the Jerome County commission, which is considering planting a moratorium on new dairies in the dairy-stuffed county. Speakers ranged pro and con, but none generated the stunned reaction Prudek did.
He is quoted as saying, "You perhaps don't realize what a hot issue you're sitting on. It isn't just dairy - it's field crops, too. We've made some huge mistakes, and we're headed for a wreck." Serious viruses could break out, he warned, some possibly as severe as ebola - simply because of the intense concentration of cattle and crops in the county. He added, "The greater the concentration, the greater the potential for a serious outbreak. You're sitting on a bomb right now."
The rebuttal was that Prudek offered no conclusive evidence for substantial risk. Still, he has credentials. Now living at Buhl, he was better known in Canada and for decades was a leader in Alberta agriculture (he joined the province's hall of fame in 2002). And he has background in agricultural research; one publication described him as "a specialty crop farmer for 50 years, was instrumental in the development of the dry bean industry in Alberta in the 1950s. Further work led to his development of gated pipe irrigation, as well as salinity and seepage control through the transportation of water in pipelines."
Consider it a moment of warning.