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The Wisconsin Dairy Alliance is disappointed that the DATCP Board authorized public hearings on proposed rule revisions to ATCP 51 (statewide livestock siting standards) at the Board’s meeting in Bowler, WI yesterday.

In a letter to the DATCP Board, WDA asked the Board to not authorize public hearings on revisions to ATCP 51, using the 2017 hearing draft version until substantial revisions requested by several statewide livestock associations were addressed. WDA believes that without significant overhaul of the rule it will negatively impact the future of the dairy industry in Wisconsin.

It is extremely unfortunate that the concerns of State Leadership, the Wisconsin Dairy Alliance along with other statewide livestock associations and the largest group representing businesses in Wisconsin were disregarded.

After five years of continued depressed milk prices and the loss of more dairy farm operations in Wisconsin than any other state in the nation, our already struggling dairy industry took another hit and a step backward in securing the longevity of the dairy industry in Wisconsin.

Letter from Wisconsin Dairy Alliance President, Cindy Leitner click here ATCP 51 Letter to DATCP Board of Directors

Letter from Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos click here ATCP 51 Letter to Sec Pfaff from Leadership

Letter from statewide livestock associations click here ATCP 51 Letter to DATCP Board from Livestock Associations

About Wisconsin Dairy Alliance

WDA represents modern regulated dairy farms in Wisconsin and works diligently to preserve Wisconsin’s heritage as the Dairy State. Our non-profit organization advocates for the truth by contesting unnecessary regulations that do not protect natural resources. The WDA believes in parity for all dischargers and works to operate under the uniform “zero-discharge” standard applied to WDA members.