It’s now up to local government officials in Wisconsin to decide their own rules and regulations regarding manure irrigation.
In April, the Wisconsin Manure Irrigation Workgroup presented an 80-plus page report that outlines the advantages and concerns associated with manure irrigation to help local leaders make decisions about the practice of applying manure to fields using irrigation equipment. While only a dozen or so farms in the state currently do it, several more have shown interest.
To help community leaders in making decisions regarding manure irrigation, the state asked the University of Wisconsin-Madison/UW-Extension to convene a workgroup to study the issue.
The workgroup included scientists, public health specialists, state agency experts, farmers and conservationists who spent more than two years gathering and reviewing information on manure irrigation and putting together the report.