MADISON, Wis. (WTAQ) - Public hearings begin this week on a proposal to issue general state permits for so-called “mega farms.” Right now, the DNR considers each individual case before granting a farm permit with over 1,000 animal units – which is equal to about 700 dairy cows. The new proposal would grant general permits for farms with 1,000 to 5,700 animal units. Those with as few as 300 units might need permits if they have pollution problems that have not been corrected.
The DNR says the new system would speed up the paperwork process – and it would let inspectors spend more of their time in the field. The first hearing on the measure is set for Friday in Wausau. Other hearings continue until about mid-April.