By Tim Kowols
Members of Peninsula Pride Farms hope they are given a chance to let a number of new regulations and changes to their manure spreading practices work before more ordinances are enacted. The town of Liberty Grove could vote on a measure next week that would put strict limits on manure spreading, including not allowing farms from outside the township spread there. Farmers in northeast Wisconsin were already put under stricter guidelines on July 1 that forbids them from spreading on land with extremely thin soil. Peninsula Pride Farms President Don Niles says unintended consequences could arise if other townships follow suit, some of which are not even environmental in nature.
Niles also fears ordinances like those already passed in Nashotah and Delafield, Wis. could lead to nearby agricultural land being overtaxed by nutrients or developed. Door County residents were expected to speak in favor of such rules to the Land Conservation Committee and the Town of Gibraltar board during their July meetings.