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Farm Groups Push Back on Polk County's Anti-CAFO Resolution
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 11/10/2020

A number of Wisconsin farm organizations are telling leaders in Polk County that there's a more effective way to address concerns about larger livestock farms than piling on regulations or banning the operations all together. That's after the county's health committee scheduled a meeting for Tuesday to consider a resolution that deals with potential new restrictions on so-called Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, which are farms with at least 1,000 animal units.

In a joint letter to the committee, the groups claim the resolution fails to spell out the end goal; and calls their efforts an attempt to ban certain types of larger farms.

"Farmers want to be good neighbors. In Wisconsin, it is very likely that a CAFO owner lives in the same community as the farm," the letter said. "Indeed, most of them are owned by families that have been in the area for generations. These farms and families are not the enemy. Instead, it makes more sense for the county to work with its farms on shared goals."

The memo further points out that in nearby St. Croix County, a workgroup was formed of farmers, government officials and other private residents to identify environmental improvement areas.

The letter was signed by officers of the Dairy Business Association, Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative, Polk County Farm Bureau, Wisconsin Association of Professional Agricultural Consultants, Wisconsin Cattlemen's Association, Wisconsin Corn Growers Association and Wisconsin Pork Association.

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