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Thursday, April 28, 2011

What's the stink about? Bill Bruins to Natural Resources Board

From Governor Walker's Press -
April 28, 2011
For Immediate Release
Contact: Chris Schrimpf, 608‐267‐7303
Walker Names Three Natural Resources Board Appointments
...Wisconsin Farm Bureau President William Bruins, Wisconsin Hunters’ Rights Coalition co‐founder Greg Kazmierski, and Shawano businessman Terry Hilgenberg have all been nominated for six year terms on the Board. ...
 ...William Bruins, Waupun, owns and operates the Homeland Dairy family farm in rural Fond du Lac County. He served as president of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, the state’s largest general farm organization with more than 22,000 members, since 2003. Since 2010 he has also served on the Waupun Area Board of Education. He has been a member of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (UW‐Madison) Board of Visitors and has been involved in a number of agricultural stewardship committees.

This article from JSOnline 2005 indicates, at that time, Bruins had a 600 dairy cow operation - and he was being affected by new/proposed state agency rules - given that the average herd was 75 cows (2005) he is no small operator - no bull!

Rules aim to end stink over farms' smell - Proposed regulations would establish state standards for odor of livestock facilities By MEG JONES JSOnline
From the source -
"If we could wave a wand and make manure not stink, that would be great," said Bruins, who took over his parents' farm in 1970.
But, of course, manure does stink, and that's why the Legislature, the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and other interested parties came up with regulations.
The proposed regulations, which the state agriculture board recently voted to send to public hearings in March, would establish state standards for some livestock facilities, specifically focusing on the impact of odor and manure. But determining what smells and what doesn't was a bit of a puzzle. After all, what Bruins might think is the sweet smell of profits might be someone else's stink bomb.
Now we can give more advantages to whom - business, business and business!

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