By Tim Kowols
Approximately one-third of large-scale farms in the state, including six in Kewaunee County, are currently operating with an expired permit. According to an Associated Press report, the number of permits to be considered has piled up, which are up for renewal every five years. Kewaunee County Land and Water Conservation committee member Lee Luft says it is just another sign that the Department of Natural Resources needs help in order to do their jobs effectively.
According to the Associated Press report, DNR spokesperson Jim Dick says the agency recently added four positions to help drop the backlog of inspections further. Farmers are still allowed to operate with an expired permit, but cannot make any improvements or expansions until their permit is approved.