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DATCP, Ag Group Claim Polk Co. Ag Ordinance Not Legal
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 09/17/2020

A proposed resolution by the Polk County Board of Supervisors is not consistent with Wisconsin state law and may present the grounds for a legal challenge. That's according to letter to board members by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture after the county presented a moratorium on swine CAFOs.

According to the newly created Venture Dairy Cooperative, the agency also offered to work with the county to draft an ordinance that was compliant with state law, but the group said that offer was ignored.

"These proposed local regulations for Polk County farms unlawfully exceed what state law requires," the group said in a statement. "CAFOs in Wisconsin meet some of the highest standards in the U.S. while adhering to strict regulations to protect the environment. Agriculture is a vital economic generator for our state, including Polk County. Like any business, farms choosing to expand should not be punished or barred from doing so if they follow the mandatory permitting requirements and the law."

VDC says moving forward with these proposals would be 'irresponsible' and would take up county staff time and resources at the expense of the taxpayers.

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