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Dane County, Farmers Working to Reduce Manure Runoff
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 07/14/2017

Dane County is teaming up with local organizations, businesses and farmers to continue phosphorus reduction efforts in the Yahara Watershed. According to County Executive Joe Parisi, the new public, private partnership will allow farmers to more effectively apply manure by injecting it directly into the ground, reducing the amount of nutrients that run off into local waterways.

"By using this equipment, farmers will be able to cut down on soil erosion, reduce odors, and decrease the amount of phosphorus leaving their fields," Parisi said. "Our partnership reflects a unified effort between local leaders and businesses to ensure the Yahara Watershed stays clean and healthy, while providing farmers with the innovative tools they need to succeed in an environmentally friendly way."

In the agreement, Dane County and the Yahara Watershed Improvement Network, called Yahara WINS, will each allocate up to $60,000 to purchase a manure tanker and Low Disturbance Manure Injection toolbar. Yahara Pride Farms will rent a tractor from a local dealership to haul the tanker and LDMI bar across each participant's property.

Yahara WINS is led by the Madison Metropolitan Sewage District and will use funds from the Clean Lakes Alliance to finance its share of the endeavor.

Last year, Dane County implemented and tracked over 313 conservation practices and systems, resulting in nearly 18,400 pounds of phosphorus being reduced in the Yahara Watershed.

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