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Ag officials in Wausau on Wednesday for hearing on siting laws


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – State officials will be in Wausau on Wednesday for a four-year review of the states siting laws for farms.

The siting law is an effort frm the state to normalize what standards new and expanding farms have to be held to before they can get a permit. This mostly covers water and odor standards. Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection section chief Richard Castelnuovo says the meeting is a mandatory part of the process, to make sure that the law is doing what it is supposed to be doing.

Castelnuovo says anyone involved is invited to take part in the open session, including farmers, municipal and county officials involved in the process, and just everyday residents who might be affected by nearby farms. He says that the more input they get in the project, the better chance they have of making sure the law is working.

The session will run from 3:30 to 7 Wednesday afternoon at the UW-Extension at 212 River Drive. If you can't make it in person, you can also send in a written affidavit to DATCP by March 10th.