Winter manure spreading ban starts Friday

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Published: Dec. 16, 2022 at 7:52 AM EST
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MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - The winter manure-spreading ban in Vermont began Friday.

The ban means no manure or other ag waste -- including compost and spoiled feed -- can be spread on fields throughout the state.

It’s a required part of the strategy to protect water quality and natural resources and has been in place since 1995.

Experts say manure doesn’t effectively soak into the frozen, snow-covered, or saturated ground, which means it has a high risk of running off to waterways when the ground thaws.

The ban lasts until April 1st.