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Public weighs in on proposed changes to livestock farm regulation

Eau Claire (WQOW) – Dozens of people gathered to speak on Monday to discuss possible changes to livestock facility rules.

Residents from Western Wisconsin filed into the Chippewa Valley Technical College with plans to spend the next several hours weighing in on the proposed regulation changes.

The hearing, held by the State Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) covered potential alterations to ATCP 51.

ATCP 51 is the rule, created in 2006, that outlines how local governments can choose to permit new or expanding livestock farms with 500 or more animals.

Now, DATCP has proposed additional rules to ATCP 51, such as new requirement for runoff management and odor standards.

“I can smell the ammonia stench at night even when the wind wasn’t coming from that direction,” Kim Dupre, a former resident of Emerald for 20 years, said. “Since I didn’t have air conditioning, I couldn’t leave my windows open a lot of nights. So, I hope the board and all those involved will consider the property rights of all rural families.”

According to DATCP, there are currently 27 counties and 107 municipalities that have zoning or permitting ordinances using the ATCP 51 rule.

DATCP is holding six hearings throughout the state over the next several weeks, but is also accepting written comments through Sep. 13.

Those comments can be mailed in, posted online or sent via email.

Comments mailed in can be directed to: DATCP-ARM, ATTN: CHRIS CLAYTON, P.O. BOX 8911, MADISON 53708-8911.

Comments can be sent via email to:

Comments can be posted online at

McKenna Alexander

McKenna Alexander is the weekend anchor and a multimedia journalist for News 18. She started in June 2019. She was born in San Francisco, but spent the majority of her life growing up in Dallas.

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