DNR wants to shift workers to oversee farms

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Published: Sep. 16, 2016 at 12:25 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) --The state Department of Natural Resources wants Gov. Scott Walker to shift more employees to regulating factory farms in the next state budget.

Walker's administration released state agencies' 2017-19 budget requests Friday. The DNR's request includes a plan to shift four positions to regulating the farms, saying the factory farm program has grown significantly, from 40 operations in 1995 to 285 today. The agency says the four new workers would help ensure adequate staffing to review permit applications and reissuances and monitor compliance.

The request doesn't specify which divisions would lose the employees.

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