By Tim Kowols
Members of Peninsula Pride Farms are calling the recent findings made by the United States Department of Agriculture's Mark Borchardt as a great starting point to shape their actions to address ground and surface water concerns. Of the 82 randomly selected wells during three different test periods, 26 wells were found to be contaminated by bovine sources, while 18 were affected by human contamination. Peninsula Pride Farms President Don Niles says the hard data gathered in the study so far gave great insight into what farms can do better, especially during times of groundwater recharge.
Peninsula Pride Farms, made up of 42 different operators and 48,000 acres of land, will enter into multi-year study programs with UW Discovery Farms and Natural Resources Conservation Service Demo Farms to learn more about best land management practices.