A NORTH-WEST Victorian chicken and grain farmer has urged the Victorian Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) not to make blanket rulings in its recommendations that would see farm manure classified as industrial waste.
Farmers have argued the proposed changes to the state’s environmental protection act will transform a valuable by-product to a waste product and create additional logistical and regulatory costs.
The wisdom of reclassifying a sustainable source of crop and pasture nutrients, especially valuable in organic systems, has also been questioned.
Craig Henderson, who farms at Wilkur, east of Warracknabeal, is the Victorian Farmers Federation grains group vice-president.
Along with a grain operation he runs a broiler chicken farm on…