The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has opened a comment period on the Livestock Facility Siting Law (ATCP 51). Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation is encouraging farmers to submit online comments on the proposed changes by the September 13 deadline.
“The proposed changes raise some major concerns for farming families who wish to expand or new farmers looking to build,” said WFBF President Jim Holte. “The proposed changes are unworkable for many farming families.”
Farmers and rural residents who wish to comment on the proposed changes can do so online by visiting https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/feedback/agencyform?cite=cr/2019/98 or via U.S. Postal Service by sending written comments to DATCP-ARM, P.O. Box 8911, Madison, WI 53708.
“The proposed changes came from DATCP’s technical expert committee, a group that does not include any farmers.” Holte added. “Farmers need to have a seat at the table when crafting significant farm policy.”