Manure jail sentence appealed


by Harry Siemens
HS: If the court upholds this ruling, then this could well become the norm in the future should farmers spill manure or even over-fertilize with commercial fertilizer, if things progress on the regulatory front as they are. There is a hate on for food producers in North America, and you better take a stand, unless ?..

WOODSTOCK ? The Ontario Court of Justice has approved an appeal from Oxford County hog farmer Eric Van Boekel, who had been sentenced to 30 days in jail for the improper spread of manure on his fields.Eric Van Boekel, Yvonne Van Boekel, Van Boekel Hog Farms Inc. and Van Boekel Holdings were also fined $345,000 on Jan. 12 for spills that drained from two separate farms into Sweets Creek and the Thames River.Van Boekels lawyer, Ron Ellis, confirmed Monday that an appeal was granted last Thursday by Judge Marietta Roberts.?Every aspect of the conviction and sentence is under appeal,? Ellis said

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