Ag Board Puts New Rules Up for Public Comment

MADISON, WI (Ben Caxton) — The state ag department is considering changes to how the state regulates large scale livestock farms. `The rule is designed to provide uniform local regulation of livestock facilities with 500 or more animal units. Kara O’Connor with Farmers Union is glad the board approved the draft rule for public hearings. “They made clear that they weren’t endorsing every line and sentence of the rules, what they voted for is getting the public’s input, and I think that’s absolutely the right decision.” John Holevoet with the Dairy Business Association opposed the changes. “The question is, really, is this keeping what was originally envisioned by those who created livestock siting?” DATCP staff say the present rule expires February 4th, and the updated rule would need the Legislature and Governor to approve it before then.`

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