Bayfield County Places Moratorium on Large Farms
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 02/20/2015
Supervisors in Bayfield County have placed a year-long moratorium on the permitting process for new concentrated animal feeding operations until it can further study the environmental effects of larger farm. The county's board voted to implement the 12-month moratorium on a 8-5 vote Wednesday night after
residents turned out to oppose Reicks View Farms' plans to build a large hog facility in the county.
According to the Duluth News Tribune, a committee composed of six county board supervisors and six community members will study the potential impact a CAFO could have on the county and the Lake Superior and Ashland water systems.
The Iowa-based Reicks View purchased over 560 acres in the town of Eileen, which is about eight miles southwest of Ashland. They were in the process of obtaining state permits to house over 25,000 animals before the county board began holding meetings about the issue in January.
Many of the residents in the county say the project could pose a risk to their drinking water if the farm's waste is not handled properly. But the farm's owners say they have sound plans on how to handle manure, just as they do with other operations they own in Iowa.
The county board also voted to prohibit aerial spraying of manure onto fields during its January meeting.