Manure discussion gets tense at farming groups’ watershed meeting

Partners for Healthy Watersheds held its second public discussion Monday night, and the subject matter — manure — caused some heated exchanges.

The new watershed organization is made up of agricultural groups including the American Dairy Association North East, the Cayuga County Farm Bureau, the New York Animal Agriculture Coalition and the North East Dairy Producers Association. Dirk Young, John Fleming and Jon Patterson spearheaded the forum at the O’Hara Agricultural Museum, focusing on large dairy farms and how they store, treat and apply manure.

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