The Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin organization reminds the state’s livestock producers that the livestock siting listening session originally scheduled for today in Madison, Wis. has been moved to a larger meeting space in Dodgeville, Wis.

In addition, extra time has been added to the Dodgeville meeting to gather comments from farmers, rural residents and other interested parties about the state's rule related to the expansion or establishment of larger livestock operations.
 
Today’s listening session begins at 3 p.m. and continues until 6 p.m. After a break, the session will resume at 7 p.m. and continue until 9 p.m.
 
Four hearings are slated to discuss livestock siting. The schedule includes:

  • Thurs, Feb. 18, Dodger Bowl, 321 King Street, Dodgeville, Wis., 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., break, resume from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, Feb. 23, Town of Washington Town Hall, 5750 Old Town Hall Road,  Eau Claire, Wis., 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 2, Winnebago County UW-Extension, J.P. Coughlin Center, 625 E. County Road Y, Oshkosh, Wis., 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 3, Marathon County UW-Extension, 212 River Drive, Wausau, Wis., 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

For those who are unable to attend the listening sessions, written comments can be sent to the department and they carry the same weight as comments provided at the meetings. Send comments to Mike Murray by March 10. Comments can be sent via email to: michael.murray@wisconsin.gov  faxed to (608) 224-4615 or mailed to DATCP, Attention: Mike Murray, P.O. Box 8911, Madison WI 53708-8911.
 
The Livestock Facility Siting rule, also known as ATCP 51, became effective in 2006. The primary purpose of the rule is to establish state standards that local governments must follow when issuing a permit or license for a new or expanded livestock operation. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is required to evaluate the rule after four years.
 
These listening sessions are part of the evaluation process. 

Source: Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin