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WI Dairy News: Water Quality Tours

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GREENLEAF (WKOW) -- The Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin and University of Wisconsin Discovery Farm Program offer Water Quality Tours during the month of June.

Eric Cooley is the co-director of UW Discovery Farms Program. He says, "It really is bringing together a lot of the different industries, a lot of the stake holders, to really talk about what some of the water quality issues is and how to move forward to try to mitigate some of the nutrient and sediment loss from our different landscapes here in Wisconsin."

Brickstead Dairy in Greenleaf uses about 5,000 gallons of water each day for its cows, but the main concern is keeping the soil and water on the farm fields.  Three years ago, the farm was approached by the United States Geological Survey to do a study on water loss from the farm fields.

Dan Brick is a farmer at Brickstead Dairy. He says, "We can't manage it if we can't measure it, so I'm excited about the data that we've got."

The tour group also visits the New Water Waste Treatment plant that serves the Silver Creek Watershed community.  It also visits BelGioioso Cheese to see what's being done to conserve and recycle water.

The Discovery Farms Project was created in Wisconsin. Now five other states offer the program while four other states look into starting the program to help improve farm land and water quality.

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