Kewaunee farmers make progress on water quality

LUXEMBURG, Wis. — Don Niles would’ve understood if the third year of the region’s farmer-led conservation group had been slow going in the quest to improve water quality. 

“We can design it to tell a little story about the farm, the cover-crop concept, the buffering process or whatever we’re doing in this specific field,” Nysse said. “It gives more information to the individual walking by.

After all, dairy farmers are trying to manage with painfully low milk prices that are hitting bottom lines hard.  But that wasn’t the case.

“We’re very proud we had an active, energetic year despite the overall difficulties in the dairy economy right now. Members have been more than willing to step in and help with several research projects,” Niles, president of Peninsula Pride Farms who has a dairy in Casco, said at the group’s annual meeting Feb. 13. 

Today, PPF consists of 54 farms whose land and cows account for 50 percent of the farmland and 50 percent of the cows in Kewaunee and southern Door counties. That’s significant, and it comes from a shared purpose of the organization, Niles said. 

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