Last updated on 2011.01.16
Rumors continue to swirl up around Veblen, South Dakota, as folks try to figure out just what will happen with the two giant, bankrupt dairies that are now up for liquidation. I hear from locals that police have been patrolling the Veblen East and Veblen West dairies over the past week, probably to make sure no one walks off with any cows.
But while we wait to see just how financier AgStar disposes of these economic and environmental boondoggles, here are the best five suggestions I've heard for what to do with the Veblen mega-dairies:
- Use the site for a public shaming of the man who made this mess, Richard Millner. (But hey, don't hurt the man: he still owes us taxes, doesn't he?)
- July 4th, C-4 explosive, bulldoze debris into lagoons, cover with top soil, raise $12 soybeans
- Raise goats. (Why not?)
- Make South Dakota the rollerskating capital of the world. Fargo has new roller derby team; maybe Veblen can do the same and host matches at Veblen East dairy site.
- Make site into national monument to stupid business practices. AgStar and other ag lenders can send new hires there to learn about mega farms and why they will always fail. Aging dairy farmers can send sons and daughters there to prove to Jr. that bigger is not always better. Burned investors and suppliers can gather there to heal. Maybe etch names in the concrete silage bunker wall showing the dollar amount each was bilked.