Ohio Department of Agriculture accepting public comments on renewal permit for Rockford dairy farm

By John Bush - [email protected]

ROCKFORD — Local residents will have the chance to weigh in on a renewal permit for a Rockford dairy farm that is capable of housing 2,100 cows and generating 28 million gallons of manure a year.

Heartland Dairy Holdings LLC, formerly known as Rockford Dairy, is located at 3101 Tama Road in the St. Marys Watershed. It is owned by Heartland Dairy and operated by Tejo Willemsen, of Frankton, Indiana.

Based on facility records, annual liquid manure production is about 28.02 million gallons and 2,000 tons of solid manure. Heartland Dairy has about 3,088 acres of cropland available for manure application, to which a certified livestock manager plans to apply manure to replenish the nutrients for a corn grain, corn silage and alfalfa rotation.

The draft Permit to Operate is a renewal application of the previous permit, which was valid for five years. Copies of the draft permit can be reviewed at the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Division of Livestock Environmental Permitting Office, located at 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068. Written comments must be submitted to the DLEP office by 5 p.m. March 3.

Any person may submit written comments or request a public meeting on the draft permit. A public meeting will be held when required by the Ohio Administrative Code, and may be held where authorized by the OAC. Individuals have the right to provide a written or oral statement for the record at the meeting, if one is scheduled.

For details, call the DLEP office at 614-387-0470 or email [email protected]

By John Bush

[email protected]

Reach John Bush at 567-242-0456 or on Twitter @bush_lima

Reach John Bush at 567-242-0456 or on Twitter @bush_lima

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