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Fate of Kinnard Farms case in Supreme Court's hands

The Wisconsin State Supreme Court could weigh in on a pair of water-quality related cases this week, one involving a Kewaunee County Farm.  Back in January, the state’s highest court granted the legislature the ability to intervene in a pair of cases involving the Department of Natural Resources and Clean Wisconsin. One of those cases dates back to 2012 when Kinnard Farms sought to increase its herd to 6,000 cows.  According to Wisconsin Ag Connection, Administrative Law Judge Jeffrey Boldt ruled back in 2014 that the expansion could take place, but only if monitoring wells were installed. Brad Schimel, who was the Attorney General in 2015, said state agencies cannot impose permit conditions that are not state law, something a Dane County judge disagreed with when he made his ruling to allow the DNR to reinstate the regulations. The Wisconsin Supreme Court heard initial arguments in the case on Monday.

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