By Tim Kowols
The Department of Natural Resources or Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection? That is the question Kewaunee County Land and Water Conservation committee members will discuss in regards to Confined Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) oversight during its meeting next week. According to the USA Today Network-Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker introduced plans last October that would shift review and enforcement operations of CAFOs from the DNR to DATCP. In March, the Wisconsin Dairy Business Association applauded the proposal, saying “having the state’s most knowledgeable people in agriculture regulate large farms make sense,” adding that it already does it for most farms already. Committee member Lee Luft understands the argument but says there are a lot of other details to sort out.
Luft says such a transfer would require the approval of the Environmental Protection Agency. The item will be discussed when the Kewaunee County Land and Water Conservation Committee meets September 11 at 8 a.m. in Luxemburg.