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Published January 27, 2010, 08:00 AM

WFB urges farmers to attend public hearing

The Wisconsin Farm Bureau is urging farmers to attend a public hearing Thursday in Eau Claire regarding proposed changes to the state’s non-point source pollution regulations.

The Wisconsin Farm Bureau is urging farmers to attend a public hearing Thursday in Eau Claire regarding proposed changes to the state’s non-point source pollution regulations.

“It is vital that farmers attend this public hearing to testify on how these far-reaching proposals will or will not work on actual Wisconsin farms,” said the Farm Bureau’s chief lobbyist, Paul Zimmerman.

A public hearing at the Best Western Trail Lodge, 3340 Mondovi Road, in Eau Claire is one of six scheduled around the state on the rules officially known as NR 151.

“These proposed rules will have many significant consequences and ramifications to farms of every size, commodity and management style,” Zimmerman said.

Farm Bureau is reviewing the extensive set of proposed modifications and is developing responses for farmers to communicate at the public hearings. The Farm Bureau will host a pre-meeting before the public hearing to further explain the proposal from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Best Western Trail Lodge.

Proposed changes include creation of new performance standards for total maximum daily loads; no longer basing nutrient management plans exclusively on crop needs; new definitions for the phosphorus index, tillage set-backs and process wastewater; a new tillage setback performance standard would prohibit tillage and row cropping within 20 feet from bodies of water; the definition of a feedlot is added and includes barnyards, exercise areas and other outdoor areas where livestock are concentrated for feeding or other purposes where vegetative cover is not maintained.

For more information, call the Wisconsin Farm Bureau at (800) 261-FARM.

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