Legal-Ease: New manure laws imminent

Lee R. Schroeder is an Ohio licensed attorney with Schroeder Law LLC in Ottawa. He limits his practice to business, real estate, estate planning and agriculture issues in northwest Ohio. He can be reached at or at (419) 523-5523. This article is not intended to serve as legal advice, and specific advice should be sought from the licensed attorney of your choice based upon the specific facts and circumstances that you face.

After last year’s toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie brought public attention to the issue of farm runoff, farmers and their practices are under a higher level of scrutiny. Already passed in the Ohio Senate, new proposed legislation could change how farmers in northwest Ohio can apply manure.

People sometimes tell me that certain laws are akin to bull manure or horse manure. Remarkably, there are few laws in Ohio that directly relate to manure management.

Of course, Ohio’s largest livestock operations need permits to build, operate and expand. That permitting process always requires plans for the management and application of manure. Additionally, any livestock operation can work with local soil and water conservation professionals to prepare a comprehensive nutrient management plan, which is a written plan for how to handle manure and other waste from the livestock operation.

Read Lee’s full article on business valuation in the Lima News here: Legal-Ease: New manure laws imminent

Source:, Legal-Ease: New manure laws imminent by Lee R. Schroeder, March 7, 2015

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