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Burnett County Board Approves Moratorium on CAFOs
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 08/08/2019

Another county has been added to the list of local governmental bodies to halt the approval process for new concentrated animal feeding operations in an effort to study the environmental impact of such farms. This week, the Burnett County board of supervisors voted to place a 12 month moratorium on the licensing of new CAFOs, which are operations with at least 1,000 animal units.

Supporters say the moratorium would be to give the newly created Large-Scale Livestock Study Committee a year to study all aspects of CAFOs and then possibly another six months to complete their task.

The effort was promoted after the Iowa-based Suidae Health and Production Co. began applying for permits to build a 26,000 head pig farm in the county earlier this year. That caused a negative response from neighboring residents who feared their local groundwater would be impacted by the farm's manure.

Other counties that have adopted similar ordinances include Eau Claire, Ashland, Bayfield and Douglas.

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