By Tim Kowols
Environmental advocates are renewing their call for a moratorium of large scale farm expansion after a Kewaunee County farm had their permit request approved by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. El-Na Farms located in the town of Lincoln will be allowed under the permit to potentially add close to 3,300 cows to their operation just months after UW-Oshkosh professor Maureen Muldoon called the region a hydro-geologically bad place to put a lot of cows. Nancy Utesch and her organization Kewaunee C.A.R.E.S. is part of the Sustain Rural Wisconsin Network that is calling for a moratorium on Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations for the short term. She says officials need to step back and pause before reissuing permits.
In May when the DNR first announced the hearing, El-Na Farms owner Lonnie Ferendael told DoorCountyDailyNews.com the biggest misconception on the permit is when the expansion would take place and how many cows compared to animal units would be involved. The reissued permit is good for five years.