By Tim Kowols
Haberli Farms owner Joe Haberli says he does not know what farmers would do if more townships follow the lead of Liberty Grove officials in banning manure produced outside of the township. The farm sits in the town of Jacksonport, but Haberli owns land in two other municipalities to spread the manure produced by his over 300-cow dairy operation. Recently designated as a confined animal feeding operation, Haberli Farms has a nutrient management plan registered with the state. Haberli believes farmers being squeezed on where they can spread manure could push many out of the business.
Three communities in the state including Liberty Grove have enacted ordinances banning the spreading of out-of-town manure within the last year in response to residents wanting to protect their water. Clean Water Action Council Executive Director Dean Hoegger spoke in favor of communities enacting similar ordinances last week in a story you can find by clicking here.