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Farm Tour looks at role of Dairy Farms in toxicity problems at Grand Lake St. Marys

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The Our Land Our Water 2017 Farm Tour took us to the dairy farm of Dave and Gina Schmitmeyer just south east of Coldwater. The Our Land Our Water 2017 Farm Tour took us to the dairy farm of Dave and Gina Schmitmeyer just south east of Coldwater.

When it comes  to the toxicity problems on Grand Lake St. Marys, many are blaming farmers. The Our Land Our Water 2017 Farm Tour took us to the dairy farm of Dave and Gina Schmitmeyer just south east of Coldwater.

“I milk about 150 cows right now. I got three robots. End of the month will be three years since I installed them. I’m real happy with them. It gives me more flexibility, more time to be with the family,” said Dave Schmitmeyer.

While at the farm, people could see the Schmitmeyer’s dairy operation and see other demonstrations.

“We all want clean water, so, at the end of the day I think whether you’re a lake person or whether you’re a farmer or you’re just a citizen within a city, we all have a responsibility for clean water and we all need to do our part and we all need to get educated, so I think this is really   important to get educated on what happens on the farming end of things and then you know throw in some other bonuses in there as well,” said Theresa Dierksen with Ag Solutions.

So have farmers gotten a bad rap when it comes to the blame game over the toxicity of Grand Lake St. Marys.

“I think it’s unfair, personally. Yeah they’ve done their part and honestly you know back in the 80’s we weren’t as well educated as we are today about what manure means and the advantages of manure. So yeah there have been problems in the past but they’ve really stepped up in the last 15 years and made the changes that are necessary and are very aware what they need to do to continue to protect water quality,” added Dierksen.

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