Bon Homme County considering tighter feedlot requirements
TYNDALL, S.D. (AP) — Bon Homme County’s zoning board is recommending more stringent requirements for animal feedlots after opponents of large feeding operations expressed concerns.
Opponents who want more restrictions to safeguard the health and property of others and the environment recently submitted petitions seeking a moratorium on permits while more review is done.
Zoning officials decided on April 25 to recommend a permit be required for operations with more than 500 animals, the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reported (http://bit.ly/1SHocCl ). Currently, that’s required for operations with more than 1,000 animals, the same as the state’s requirement.
“Many producers keep their operations below 1,000 animal units. Otherwise, they have to fulfill the state permit, which is expensive,” said Brian McGinnis with the District III Planning and Development office in Yankton.
The County Commission will consider the zoning board recommendation on May 3. Any changes to county feedlot requirements would not affect existing operations.
The county has approved four feedlot permits this year, including three 2,400-head hog operations. Some residents have complained, while others say such operations boost the economy.
“I don’t recognize agriculture today,” zoning board member Doug Brandt said. “It’s all political.”