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Livestock producer fined for no manure management plan

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A man who raises cows and hogs about two miles southwest of Willey was fined $3,000 by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for failing to submit a plan for how to dispose of the manure the animals make.

Chad Gehling was required to submit the so-called “manure management plan” within 60 days of his purchase of the animal confinement in March 2019, according to the department’s administrative order against him dated Sept. 15.

Manure is most often applied to farmland to boost its crop yields. The manure management plans guide how much manure can be applied to fields based on a number of factors that predict how much of its phosphorus could be washed away into nearby streams and rivers.

Gehling’s operation consists of 2,100 swine in a confinement building and 30 cattle in an open feedlot.

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