Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

Spring 2005


Published in Great Plains Research Vol. 15, No. 1, 2005. Copyright © 2005 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


The shift from integrated crop and livestock farms to confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) in the last thirty years requires better regulatory policies, better enforcement, greater incentives for farmers to prevent pollution, and modification of some “right to farm” legislation. This is the thesis of Empty Pastures: Confined Animals and the Transformation of the Rural Landscape by Terence Centner, a professor of agricultural law and economics at the University of Georgia.