The Idaho Supreme Court ruled earlier this week that the nutrient management plans of feedlots and dairies are public information, not private.
State law requires feedlot and dairy operators to provide a nutrient management plan to the Department of Agriculture for approval. Two years ago that law was amended to allow the ag department to return those plans to the producers after reviewing them. Since that change the ag department routinely returns all plans to the producers immediately after approval. And since the plans were not in the office, the department had refused to fulfill public-records requests to view the plans.
The Idaho Conservation League filed suit. The 4th District Court ruled in favor of the Idaho Conservation League Last year. Now, the Idaho Supreme Court has upheld that original decision.
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