- Associated Press - Saturday, March 29, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Agriculture Agency is urging farmers to delay spring manure spreading until after the snow melts to avoid polluting the state’s rivers and streams.

The state’s winter ban on manure spreading ends April 1, but manure must still be applied in a way that does not result in manure running off into surface water or across property boundaries.

If manure is spread on top of snow, once the snow melts it will carry the manure to low points in the landscape.

The agency is urging farmer who have room in their manure pits to wait until the snow is gone before spreading manure.

If farmers must spread manure, it should be spread on relatively flat fields far away from rivers and streams.

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