It’s understood. Where there are dairy farms, there is manure. However, back in the day of small family farming, there was a manageable manure to land ratio and manure was applied to land directly. Now, at least 14 Wisconsin farms are applying liquified manure by spraying it into the air.
This link will take you to photos of liquid manure spreading – in high winds – in Kewaunee County, Wisconsin.
Note that in one of the photos there is a church with a full parking lot in the background. In my imagination I see a congregation gagging on the smell of manure between songs and prayers.
Those photos were shared on page three of the Kewaunee County News along with shocking facts on pivot manure spraying such as the following:
* “In the practice of spray irrigation of manure, aerosolized lagoon waste is reduced into smaller particles which are easily digested and inhaled by humans and animals.”
* There are no required setbacks from property lines or roadways for this type of manure application.
* “Devastated” neighbors are speaking up about “stench, flies, plunging home values, and overall diminishing quality of life issues”.
I learned about this via the Sustain Rural Wisconsin Network page on facebook.
I’d like to know if this is another “open for business” practice that is newly acceptable under the Scott Walker administration – -or if it predates that. I wonder what if any measures DNR and DATCP are taking to curtail this. Or do they actively promote it?
More research is needed. Readers should feel free to enlighten in the comments area if they know more.