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New manure storage rules would only impact some farmers

Eau Claire County (WQOW) – Wisconsin farmers are on different sides when it comes to new manure storage rules. But in Eau Claire County, land conservation officials said the regulations won’t make a difference.

The new rule would make new farms with at least 500 animals, as well as established farms looking to expand to that number, place manure storage facilities anywhere from 600 to 2,500 feet from their neighbors’ property line.

Groups like the Wisconsin Dairy Alliance and Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation are against the new rules, and said it would make expansion near impossible and drive farmers out of Wisconsin.

Whereas the Wisconsin Farmers Union said the existing rules are outdated and should be updated.

For farmers in Eau Claire County, though, the new rules won’t make a difference.

“Livestock citing has setbacks of manure storage from neighboring properties or roads,” Greg Leonard, the land conservation manager for Eau Claire County, said. “Eau Claire County’s work group felt that the existing rules and regulations that we have within Eau Claire County were sufficient, so it was decided not to adopt livestock sites within the county.”

Because there are no existing regulations regarding livestock zoning, the area will not be forced to adopt any new state rules.

However, Dunn, Chippewa and Barron county all have county zoning ordinances, and would need to enact new regulations.

McKenna Alexander

McKenna Alexander is the weekend anchor and a multimedia journalist for News 18. She started in June 2019. She was born in San Francisco, but spent the majority of her life growing up in Dallas.

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