By Tim Kowols
Local farmers, including those representing the five operations subject to a Department of Natural Resources hearing later in the day, gathered at Kinnard Farms in Casco Tuesday as a sign of their commitment to agriculture, the environment, and their community. Many of the farmers present are members of groups like Peninsula Pride Farms and the Door-Kewaunee Demonstration Farms Network, who are working with universities and scientists to find out better ways to use their land while addressing the water quality issues in Kewaunee and southern Door counties. Kinnard Farms owner Lee Kinnard says while his permit under review calls for a possible expansion of his operations through 2022, there are no immediate plans to do that.
Kinnard and representatives from Wakker Dairy Farm, Dairy Dreams, Seidl’s Mountain View Dairy, and Sandway Farms will have their pollutant discharge permits reviewed by the DNR through December 5. A large crowd was expected to gather to speak either for or against the approval of the permits during the public hearing, which began at 10 a.m. at the Kewaunee County Fairgrounds. This story will be updated later with reaction from the hearing.