Some Pa. Farmers Must Now Control Manure Smell

by KYW’s Tony Romeo

New regulations have taken effect requiring certain Pennsylvania livestock farmers to better manage odors.

Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff says farms classified as “concentrated animal operations” or “concentrated animal feeding operations” will, if they build or expand facilities, have to consider a host of factors to mitigate odors; such as:

“How close is the nearest housing development -- residential area -- from your farming operation? Which way are the prevailing winds blowing? So it’s a matrix of different considerations when they’re looking at how they develop the plan. So the end result of this will be that large agriculture operations that have livestock, going forward will need to minimize odor.”

Wolff says it’s about farmers using better management practices to be good neighbors.

Source:KYW 1060 Radio

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