WASHINGTON, Skagit CD – Federal money is helping Skagit County dairy farmers better manage manure while lessening the environmental impacts of the farms.
The Skagit Conservation District works with farmers to help them manage natural resources on their properties. Manager Bill Blake said there is interest in using EQIP funds for irrigation efficiency, such as the installation of sprinklers to water crops.
Blake said the district relies on a combination of state and federal money to assist farmers.
Emmett Wild, the conservation district’s farm/natural resources planner, said he worked with the [Wesen Organic Dairy] farm to install a “sand cannon,” equipment that separates manure from sand, which is reused for cow bedding.
“It’s really simple, low energy and provides a healthy, clean bedding surface,” he said.