Monday , 25 September 2017

DANE COUNTY LOOKS FOR NEW WAY TO REDUCE NITROGEN, PHOSPHORUS RUNOFF

Dane County farmers could see a new option for reducing runoff from manure spreading. Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced his proposal for a community manure storage program earlier this week, saying $1.1 million would be available to build a manure management system for small and medium-sized producers in the county. Some in the agriculture industry say the idea of shared storage is an innovative approach to a problem experienced by many farms in the state. “It would be a really positive step for us to be looking at this as a community instead of each farmer all by themselves and their business is only their business,” said Amber Radatz, co-director of University of Wisconsin’s Discovery Farms. Radatz works with farmers on nutrient management, and she said it’s often hard for small farms to avoid spreading manure during late winter and spring, the riskiest times for runoff. http://www.wpr.org/dane-county-looks-new-way-reduce-nitrogen-phosphorus-runoff

 

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