TOMAHAWK - Most of us want a say in the laws that govern us. That includes farmers who have to follow laws on how to use their land. Today, they got that chance.
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a public hearing. The Department focused on changes to the ((AT CAP)) or A-T-C-P 50 rule.
"That's the rule that governs agriculture operations, run-off control systems, prohibitions against manure applications and various areas in those type of nutrient management related activities," says Sara Walling, Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection Section Chief.
Changes include topics like manure laying, plowing, and processing run-off water. It also covers farmland preservation and how participants can receive tax cuts. The Department values the hearings for two reasons.
"In addition to being able to share our information with the public about what the rule changes mean from our perspective, we're also very interested in hearing what our land owners and others have to say about the inplications of our rule," says Walling
If you have an opinion or comment about any of the changes, the department is taking concerns through late April.
CAMBRIA - Didion Milling Company in Cambria received 19 safety citations for its explosion in May. The fatal plant explosion killed five workers and injured 12 others. Didion plans on challenging some of the citations. The Occupational Safety and Heath Administration issued the citations for safety violations and proposed a $1.8 million dollar fine. The company's appeal could take up to a year.
MANITOWISH WATERS - After Terry Theisen got her middle school math class started with some computer coding, she needed to admit something about her level of programming expertise.
"None, absolutely none," Theisen said with a smile.
The North Lakeland School teacher did some basic coding when she was young, telling her students she used actual punch cards. Friday, was very different. Theisen's entire class learned on the go as they clicked and clacked on laptops as part of a worldwide event from their Manitowish Waters school.
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