Letter about proposed change to maximum industrial farm size…
To the Editor,
It has come to my attention that our county commissioners and the Fillmore County Planning Committee will be considering doubling the maximum industrial farm size at a meeting February 16. This would mean 13,000 hogs, 2,800 dairy cows, 222,000 turkeys, and 4,000 steers. After deciding in 2018 that the current maximum size was too high because of the risk of a pig operation to karst environment near Mabel, I would think they should be lowering the maximum size instead of doubling it. All of the residents and industries in Fillmore County depend on safe drinking water and clean air. Responsible agriculture can maintain this for our small towns and property values. This proposed action is irresponsible and must not be allowed. Please attend the Fillmore County Planning Commission meeting on February 16 at 7 p.m. in Room 601L at the Fillmore County Courthouse in Preston, 101 Fillmore St. W, Preston, Minn., to voice your concern.
A. Renée Bergstrom, Ed.D