State Senate rejects Halverson appointment to Livestock Siting Review Board

The Wisconsin State Senate said no to appointing Jerry Halvorson to the Livestock Siting Review Board.

Halverson is a retired Manitowoc County conservationist and has over 35 years of experience.  Senator Dianne Hesselbein urged fellow Senators to confirm Halverson saying, “In his professional capacity, he was the lead administrator in successfully implementing livestock siting in his county. In addition, Halverson served on the 2010, 1014, and 2018 livestock facilities siting technical expert committees.”

Kim Bremmer with Venture Dairy Cooperative tells Brownfield agriculture groups and Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce opposed Halverson’s appointment based on his past opposition to the statewide livestock siting law. “He was very adamant about wanting to continue to give more and more control to local governments and we’d be opposed to that viewpoint. We don’t believe that we should be weakening the current livestock siting law.”

Twenty-two Senators voted to reject the Halverson nomination.

Audio: Kim Bremmer with Venture Dairy Cooperative discusses the rejected Jerry Halverson nomination with Brownfield’s Larry Lee

Audio: Wisconsin Senators Dianne Hesselbein and Brad Pfaff speak in favor of the Jerry Halverson nomination on the Wisconsin Senate floor

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