IDAHO SUPREME COURT TO HEAR DAIRY ARGUMENTS
Boise--This Wednesday the Idaho Supreme Court will hear arguments the Idaho Dairymen’s lawsuit against Gooding County regarding the 2007 Ordinance adopted by their County Commission.
The ordinance was intended to protect the county’s water quality from animal waste runoff . The ordinance establishes certain setbacks for locating Confined animal feeding operations in the county and prohibited CAFOs from having more than 5 animal units per tillable irrigated acre owned by farmers. The land base to support the animal units is required to be in Gooding County with the exception of surrounding farm land in bordering counties.
Dairymen filed suit challenging the authority of the county to supersede existing federal and state environmental regulations (including Nutrient Management Plans).
Deb Kristensen (a partner with MPI member Givens Pursley) will be arguing the case on behalf of industry. A decision from the court may be rendered by the end of the year. The Milk Producers of Idaho are working on legislation to address the issue this upcoming legislative session.