CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia agriculture officials are extending the public comment period on a proposed emergency rule concerning the use of poultry litter and swine manure.
The proposal would limit land application within 3 miles of primary poultry-breeder operations, unless the state veterinarian have certified the litter and manure as disease-free.
Primary breeder farms must abide by strict limits to prevent introduction of diseases, such as salmonella, mycoplasmas and avian influenza, that can be spread through poultry and swine litter.
The comment deadline was moved from Aug. 10 to Aug. 22 so that the agency can hold two public hearings. The hearings are set for Aug. 20 at 6 p.m. at the agency's Moorefield Ag Complex and Aug. 21 at 6 p.m. at the Greenbrier County Courthouse.