The Minnesota Farmers Union's policy supports current environmental review, as we noted in our post, Minnesota Farmers Union President Doug Peterson defends MPCA Citizens Board.
pointed out in his
testimony before the Senate Environment and Energy Finance Division Committee
that the state's livestock industy is in fact quite robust.
Minnesota Farmers Union President Doug Peterson defends MPCA Citizens Board
Supporters of a controversial Steven County dairy have been calling for the elimination of the power of the Citizens Board of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
(MPCA) to require an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) of new livestock operations, claiming that the sole instance of the board making such a request has had a chilling effect on farming in the state.
But during his testimony before the Senate Environment and Energy Committee on Thursday, Minnesota Farmers Union President Doug Peterson, a former state representative and Lac Qui Parle County farmer, advanced a much different argument in favor of the board.
After noting that the Minnesota Farmers Union's policy has long supported environmental review, the right of citizens to petition and transparency, Peterson
called attention to the robust health of production livestock agriculture in Minnesota:
went on to share stories from his
personal experience as a resident of a deep rural county and as lawmaker.