Wisconsin agriculture and natural resource officials are urging livestock producers to take steps now to properly manage manure in coming months and to avoid taking short cuts.

Reports that financially-stressed farmers may be delaying emptying their storage structures as a cost-saving measure are stirring concerns of an increased risk later of manure spills and other problems.

"Producers are struggling as it is — they don't need the additional stress, cost and labor that can come from having a manure spill, an overtopped storage structure or runoff into lakes and streams," says Rod Nilsestuen, secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

"We urge all producers to make sure they are taking the steps now and before winter to properly manage manure and avoid problems later," he adds.

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Source: Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection