Avatar
All Posts by Empower Wisconsin

Hold the bacon.

Empower Wisconsin | Oct. 24, 2019

By Adam Jarchow 

BALSAM LAKE — It’s a fact: bacon makes everything better. Everybody knows it, except for the Polk County Board of Supervisors. If they had their way, there’d be no more bacon. Well, that’s not entirely true. There’s always turkey bacon.

Last week, the board passed a moratorium on large hog operations. This action was started when a farm in a neighboring county applied for a conditional use permit to operate a large hog farm, known as a concentrated animal feeding operation (a CAFO). So liberals in Polk County sprung into action, and got their lapdogs on the county board to pass a meaningless and legally questionable moratorium. Why?

Well, according the board, we need a “pause” or “timeout” to study the issue. Let’s think about that. A bunch of old retired guys with no particular expertise in science, farming or otherwise are going to figure out how to regulate hog farms better than the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. We have been farming in Wisconsin since before Wisconsin was a state, but now the Polk County Board needs to timeout?  What a joke. It’s absurd and embarrassing.

At a time when farmers are twisting in the wind with low prices, tariffs and bad weather, we should be doing everything we can to support farms. Instead, Polk County Board members slap farmers in the face with a moratorium. It essentially says, if you get too big, we won’t trust you and will look for ways to shut you down.  Every farmer, big or small, should be outraged by this action.

This episode reminds me of the old saying: “I was for local control, until I met the locals who wanted control.”

There is a strong argument that these so-called CAFO moratoriums violate Wisconsin law. My hope is that some farmer will sue Polk County and thump ‘em.  

Until then, enjoy your turkey bacon. 

Adam Jarchow serves as president of Empower Wisconsin. The small business owner, attorney and volunteer firefighter is a former Republican state representative in the Legislature. 

Listen to more:

Explore More
All Woke Up: Left fails humor after Sasse commencement speech

All Woke Up: Left fails humor after Sasse commencement speech

Ben Sasse’s liberal opponent and a school board member sound like they have been emotionally scarred from the U.S. Senator’s recent video commencement speech to high school graduates.  

Read More »

May 27, 2020
Dems blame Republicans for DWD debacle

Dems blame Republicans for DWD debacle

Just hours before a hot seat legislative committee hearing, Democrats are blaming Republicans for the debacle at DWD. Remarkable. 

Read More »

May 27, 2020
Stossel: Homeschooling rules

Stossel: Homeschooling rules

The coronavirus pandemic is giving millions of parents a taste of homeschooling. 

Read More »

May 27, 2020
Illinois Judge blasts Pritzker’s ‘royal decrees’

Illinois Judge blasts Pritzker’s ‘royal decrees’

A downstate Illinois judge late last week took on the “insanity” of Gov. JB Pritzker’s stay-at-home orders that have locked down much of the state during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Read More »

May 27, 2020
Social distancing violations? Racine says, Call Crime Stoppers

Social distancing violations? Racine says, Call Crime Stoppers

Crime Stoppers has long been the community tip line to report thefts, burglaries, assaults, and other criminal activity.

Read More »

May 26, 2020
Tool of the Week: Michigan’s hideous AG

Tool of the Week: Michigan’s hideous AG

In Michigan, power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts liberally. Such is the case of the state’s left-wing nut Attorney General, Dana Nessel. 

Read More »

May 25, 2020
Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *