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Wisconsin ag officials want input on large-farm rules

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State agriculture officials are looking for public comments on their large-farm rules.

The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection imposed minimum standards on setbacks, odors, emissions and manure for operations with at least 360 or so cows and other similarly sized farms in 2006.

The agency is required to re-evaluate the standards after four years. It plans to hold public listening sessions in Madison, Eau Claire, Oshkosh and Wausau in February and March. Anyone can comment on the standards.

The department will then decide whether revisions are needed.

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