CONVOY — A Convoy dairy farm is seeking approval from the Ohio Department of Agriculture to build a 7.6 million-gallon manure storage pond, which would allow the farm an extra 86 days of storage.
Convoy Dairy, located at 3242 Mentzer Church Road in Convoy, is permitted to hold up to 2,200 dairy cows and heifers. The permit would allow the farm to increase manure production, estimated at 25.9 million gallons of liquid manure and 5,800 tons of solid manure annually. The farm also generates about 6.4 million gallons of stormwater and land applies manure to 1,300 acres of farmland, according to the permit application.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture will accept public comment regarding the farm’s permit to install and permit to operate renewal, which would be valid for two years. Comments should be submitted in writing by 5 p.m. Sept. 4. Send comments by mail to the Division of Livestock Environmental Permitting, A.B. Graham Building, 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.