By Paul Schmitt
An agricultural ordinance that would regulate the way farmers spread liquid manure on their fields was delayed by the Kewaunee County Board Tuesday. The Waste irrigation Ordinance will now go back to the Land and Water Conservation Committee. The ordinance, which was drafted back in May has provisions that require farmers to use only low-pressure methods of manure spraying underneath the canopy formed by the crops. Don Niles of Peninsula Pride Farms says he appreciates the Kewaunee County Board working with farmers to run a more sustainable operation that reduces their environmental footprint but would like more time to make sure the ordinance gets done right.
Niles says farmers are excited about the access to new technologies because they are focused on proving that they can have both clean, safe water and thriving agriculture. He says farmers have been too busy the last five months to research the topic and bring back meaningful feedback to the county. The Kewaunee County Board was to vote on the Waste Irrigation Ordinance Tuesday after it had been read at last month’s meeting.