By Tim Kowols
Kewaunee County haulers will be given a year to voluntarily track their manure spreading before a stricter ordinance is enacted. The proposed ordinance would have required manure haulers to install equipment onto their trucks to digitally track where, when, and how much manure was being spread in the county. The high initial costs of installing the equipment, which could run some operators thousands of dollars, caused many farmers and contractors to balk at the idea. Kewaunee County Land and Water Conservation committee member Lee Luft says its “Plan B,” allowing operators to keep track of their manure spreading via a spreadsheet, was a reasonable compromise for 2018.
Luft says if voluntary measures are unsuccessful, the proposed ordinance could be enacted for 2019.