By Tim Kowols
Farmers are voicing their concerns about a pair of new draft ordinances affecting manure spreading hitting the agendas of committee meetings this month. The ordinances would require manure haulers to be certified, have electronic readers keeping track of spread manure, and use low-pressure methods to put nutrients on the fields. Kewaunee County Land and Water Conservation chairperson and owner of Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy John Pagel believes many of the concerns from farmers are not the ordinances themselves, but rather center around the additional cost for equipment and the time required for the additional training. Pagel says this is the time for everyone to get their voices heard.
The two proposed ordinances are up for discussion again during the Board of Health’s meeting on June 19. Pagel says the two items will get its first reading in front of the Kewaunee County Board in August and could be approved in September.