By Tim Kowols
The Department of Natural Resources will rely more on private consultants when it comes to environmental permitting, including how large farms handle their manure. According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the DNR will still write the final permits but rely heavily on consultants hired by farmers and business owners for accurate information based on assurance programs.
Based on the recent cuts to the DNR’s budget and workforce, Peninsula Pride Farms president Don Niles says this plan will allow the department to do their core function and place some more responsibility on the farmer as well.
The news comes months after the state’s Natural Resources Board voted to hire additional personnel to keep a closer eye on Wisconsin’s large livestock farms while cutting the DNR’s budget by two percent.