News from New Hampshire confirms new technology for old issues. As reported in Modern Farmer, the world is trying to enhance sustainability in farms.
New Hampshire-based AgEnergyUSA and poultry giant Perdue have teamed up on a proposal to create a plant on Maryland’s Eastern Shore that would convert the copious amounts of chicken poop fouling the Chesapeake Bay into energy, according to the Baltimore Sun. The proposed $200 million plant near Salisbury would be able to handle up to 200,000 tons of chicken waste a year, converting it to bio-gas through the use of bacteria that breaks the poop down.
Oregon in the Race
In Tillamook Oregon, farmers are using digesters to handle dairy herd waste. This system captures greenhouse gases and creates electricity.
The electricity can be used to defray power costs for the farm. Farms can sell leftover electricity back to the local power company for purchase by other consumers.
On Schmidlin Farm
At the farm, we have open grazing for the herd most of the time. By rotating the grass fields to pasture, then back to slack time, gives the manure a chance to enrich the soil and break down. It is natural fertilizer in a simple form.
Yet, we still need to clean the barns regularly and we use the manure in the yard, garden and in the hay fields.
We don’t use chemicals on the lawn. Weed control consists of elbow grease. The ritual of mowing becomes a fresh green chop addition to the cows diet. The yard is rarely all mowed at the same time. One wheelbarrow at a time is mowed and sprinkled out for the mother and baby cows.
The garden enjoys the healthy addition of well-rotted manure to grow an abundance of fresh food for the family, friends and neighbors. Because we don’t add chemicals to the garden, leftover fruit and vegetables are chopped up for the cows also. The cattle so enjoy their fresh treats that they fight over zucchini, corn stocks, bolted lettuce, apples, pears and plums.