Former Agriculture Secretary Walt Bones may be appearing before the Turner County Planning and Zoning Board at its next meeting on Tuesday, May 10. The board’s agenda includes the following item concerning his 1500-head Turner County Dairy’s possible failure to plant enough trees:
10:45 a.m.—A review of a Conditional Use Permit granted to Turner County Dairy LLP in 1998 for failure to comply with the conditions of having a shelter belt around the project. It is located in SE 1/4 25-100-53, Brothersfield Township, Turner County, SD [Turner County Planning and Zoning Board, agenda for 2016.05.10].
Southeast quarter of Section 25, Township 100, Range 53… let’s take a look at the Google Map:
I see some trees along the north and west edges of the dairy complex, a couple patches by the grain bins, and some trees around the house. Is that enough shelter belt for the Conditional Use Permit?
Bones recently cheered the approval of a 5,000-head dairy near Viborg. Bones is also listed as a member of the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Advisory Council, brought to you by the Monsanto Fund.
Perhaps Turner County will advise Bones next Tuesday to plant more trees.