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Open forum on Pinnacle planned
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BRODHEAD - A public meeting about the environmental and economic impacts of mega-dairies will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 27 in Brodhead Public Library's community room. The meeting is hosted by Green County Defending Our Farmland.

The speakers will include local citizens, some candidates running for positions on the Green County Board of Supervisors and township boards and Pete Hardin, editor-publisher of "The Milkweed," a national dairy publication based in Brooklyn Township.

Water and air quality issues are at the forefront of concerns about mega-dairies. Attendees will be allowed to ask questions.

Owners of the proposed Pinnacle Dairy, now under construction in Sylvester Township about six miles west of Brodhead estimate the dairy will be milking cows at the site later this spring although the dairy has not received the final approval for the Wisconsin Pollution Discharge Elimination System. That approval is necessary for Pinnacle Dairy's operators to put cows on the site. Questions persist about the water table lying underneath Pinnacle Dairy's huge manure storage areas. An update on Pinnacle Dairy's efforts to secure approval from Green County and the state Department of Natural Resources will be discussed at the meeting.

For more information visit or Green County Defending our Farmland on Facebook.