By Baxter Colburn
Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy owner and Kewaunee County Board member John Pagel hopes farmers take seriously what the Land and Water Conservation committee is trying to accomplish with its new manure handling rules. In 2018, farmers can voluntarily keep track of where, when, and how much manure is being spread on their fields in efforts to help protect the area’s groundwater. Pagel says one of the goals is to get Land and Water Conservation Department Director and “Plan B” author Davina Bonness more information.
The plan is an alternative to the original draft ordinance requiring manure haulers to install special equipment to keep track of how much manure was being spread, which could cost operators thousands of dollars. Pagel says there is a check and balance to the process with the voluntary reporting.
If the voluntary reporting system is unsuccessful in 2018, the stricter ordinance could be enacted for 2019.