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Mon February 24, 2014

Hopes for New Way to Process Chicken Manure

MD Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance
MD Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance
Credit msa.md.gov

There could be some good news for handling chicken manure.

A Berlin-based company says it has a process that can remove phosphates from chicken waste.

And company officials hope to get a prototype facility operating by the end of the summer at a local farm.

The effort got the endorsement of Maryland Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance, who told reporters at a ground breaking ceremony last week, if this works it could revolutionize the poultry industry.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the pilot project is located on a chicken farm outside Pocomoke City where methane gas would be extracted from the waste to be used in a power generator.

The Planet Found Energy Development plant could generate 26 kilowatts of energy from 15-hundred tons of chicken manure.