Wisconsin Farm Bureau: Statement on Supreme Courtís Larson Acres ruling
Contact: Casey Langan, Director of Public Relations, 608-828-5711
MADISON Ė Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federationís Executive Director of Governmental Relations Paul Zimmerman issued the following statement on the Wisconsin Supreme Courtís 5-2 ruling on the livestock siting lawsuit involving Larson Acres of Rock County.
ďThe Wisconsin Supreme Courtís ruling on this challenge to our stateís livestock facility siting law is a huge win for Wisconsin livestock farmers.
This landmark law was created to provide clear and consistent frameworks for both the farmers who grow their livestock farms and the local governments that wish to regulate these farms in a scientifically-sound manner.
The law provides a roadmap for local units of government to implement the livestock facility siting process. So far, 23 counties and 41 towns have adopted the stateís livestock standards.
This law works as intended because most potential roadblocks are now clear at the start of an expansion project. The proof of this is the relative lack of public controversies over farm expansions since the law took effect in 2006.
According to the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, 70 permits for expansion were granted between May of 2006 and May of 2011.
The conclusion of the ruling said that the state legislature had taken steps to balance the important interests of protecting precious natural resources with encouraging a robust and efficient agricultural economy. Rock Countyís Town of Magnolia stepped over those limitations set by the Legislature.
Agriculture contributes over $59 billion to Wisconsinís economy. Dairy alone contributes to nearly half of that total.
Todayís Supreme Court ruling benefits any farm family that wishes to grow their livestock farm in Americaís Dairyland.Ē