LOCAL CONTROL GUIDE
NEW BOOKLET HELPS TOWNSHIPS FIGHT FACTORY FARMS
In many parts of the Midwest, township governments are serving as an effective
line of defense against the influx of large factory livestock operations. When a
Factory Farm Comes to Town: Protecting Your Township From Unwanted Development
is a new Land Stewardship Project publication developed specifically for local
government officials and rural residents concerned about their community’s
The guide takes a pro-agricultural perspective and identifies ways that rural
citizens can legally restrict the establishment of industrial livestock
operations in their townships. In easy to understand language, this 35-page
booklet provides step-by-step guidance for using the Minnesota Interim Ordinance
and other tools in the state’s Municipal Planning law. It also contains an
overview of comprehensive planning and an extensive list of resources.
“This guide is specifically targeted at rural citizens who want to use local
democracy to guide their community toward family farm agriculture that is
environmentally, economically and socially responsible,” said Mark Schultz, the
Land Stewardship Project’s policy director.
To order a copy, send $6 (that covers shipping; LSP members receive a 10 percent
discount; Minnesota residents add 6.5 percent for sales tax) to: LSP, 2200 4th
St., White Bear Lake, MN 55110. For more information, call (612) 653-0618.