EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Farmers and others are weighing in on proposed changes to Wisconsin’s soil and water conservation rule.
The first of four hearings around the state is being held today in Eau Claire.
Sue Porter, with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, says the standards are used to protect soil and water across the state: including farm runoff
"It's really setting the standard for what nutrient management would be measured by. It's protecting our soils from erosion. It's providing the food for the crops we need and managing that as tight as we can so we have the least amount of runoff and save money on fertilizer,” said Porter.
Porter says that she hopes the standards will be in place by the 2018 crop year.
The hearing will also be held from 5:30 to 7:30 Monday at CVTC in Eau Claire.