Kevin Anderson, a fifth-generation farmer who runs Wimberly Farms with his father and wife, walks through the manure on the floor of a chicken house at a poultry farm in Princess Anne, MD on January 22, 2015. Anderson cleans the manure out of the chicken houses at neighboring poultry farms and stores it to spread on his own 3,500 acres before planting a new crop in the spring. A new state proposal would prevent Anderson and fellow farmers from repurposing chicken manure as fertilizer in an effort to protect the Chesapeake Bay from phosphorus-rich runoff that can result from over-application of manure. While Anderson supports the state's efforts to keep the agriculture industry following best practices, he objects to an across-the-board ban that penalizes farmers by offering no alternatives to buying manufactured fertilizer.
CREDIT: T.J. Kirkpatrick for The Wall Street Journal