This week on #LocalGovMatters, Gwyn is joined by Tressie Kamp, a staff attorney from Midwest Environmental Advocates, and Chris Clayton, program manager for the livestock siting program at the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection.
The podcasts begins with an explanation of livestock siting and the legal framework local governments use in the regulation of livestock facilities. According to the guests, livestock siting affects the public health and safety, as these laws regulate the space livestock facilities occupy, the management and health of the animals, and animal waste management.
Tressie and Chris both dive into the language of the law, discussing the limitations on livestock siting, and the history of similar laws in Wisconsin. Both recognize the role local governments play in farm regulation, and note the increased public interest in the legislative process surrounding the issue in recent years.
For additional information:
- DATCP: Livestock Siting
- DATCP: Livestock Siting: Local Implementation
- DATCP: Livestock Siting Review Board
- MEA: Livestock Facility Siting Law
- CAFO and CAFO WPDES Permit Statistics
- Supreme Court of Wisconsin Opinion
- The Right-to-Farm Law in Wisconsin
- Understanding Local and State Regulations for New and Expanding Livestock Facilities