SB 103 reclass farming activities

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This bill reclassifies farming activity into an industrial facility to excessively regulate water and air quality similar to a factory. Conduct a study on milk prices, and establish Task Force on Dairy Animal Welfare. (Extended version of SB 104)

Fiscal Responsibility
Requires a surety bond providing for reimbursing the department or other entities for any environmental, health or animal welfare costs arising from operations of the industrial dairy, including costs due to manure spills, improper disposal of animals, excessive applications of manure that threaten water quality or public health, the cleaning of abandoned facilities and the relocation of animals due to facility closure or permit suspension or revocation.

Limited Government
Environmentally based on recommendations contained in the final report of the Task Force on Dairy Air Quality 2007. This is a blatant attack on modern agriculture that would be precedent setting. It puts operations that do not fit in a traditional view of farming at political risk. Establishes emission reduction program to regulate the release of industrial dairy emissions into the air. Conduct a study to determine the effect of industrial dairies on the economic viability of small and medium sized dairies, including the effect industrial dairies have on milk prices. Establish task force to review of animal welfare practices at industrial dairies.

Local Control
Allows local governments to adopt human health and safety ordinances restricting or prohibiting air and water emissions by dairies classified as industrial facilities. The ordinances may include restricting or prohibiting the emission of hydrogen sulfide, methane or haze into the air or emissions of nitrates into water. Prohibits Department of Environmental Quality and Water Resources Department from issuing permits for new or expanded industrial dairy contrary to local ordinances.

Free Markets
Every regulation added cost, which rolls down to consumers.


  1. When laws such as these drive commercial dairies out of business, where will our dairy products come from ? Alos, there is no fiscal/revenue impact statements . Looks like governmental control by ” fiat.”

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