The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) recently proposed changes to its livestock facility siting rule: ATCP 51. Proposed changes relate to environmental considerations such as farm field runoff and odor management. These changes were proposed without input from the farming community, generating concern within the agricultural and lending industry alike. While farms comply with the current ATCP 51 requirements, few comply with these newly proposed standards. As a result, this will increase costs for farmers and make expansion difficult during a time when farms are already experiencing a lot of stress. WBA submit comments on September 13 providing examples of this negative impact and recommending that the DATCP board send the rule back for reworking with input from the farming community. A copy of the comment letter can be found here.
By, Eric Skrum