Editorial: Manure problem seeks innovation, collaboration

US - There is nothing more American than turning a problem into an opportunity and if there is a way to do that with cow manure, you can bet Wisconsin will be involved.
calendar icon 8 January 2007
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We certainly have the problem – what to do with millions of tons of cow manure produced each year by the state's dairy herds.

Along the Lakeshore, the problem has become a source of growing concern as manure runoffs have been cited in fish kills and friction between large dairy operations and neighbors has grown.

The central issue on the Lakeshore and statewide is the disposal of liquid manure. Spreading the manure over open fields has caused problems in more than one location.

Residents of the town of Morrison had dozens of wells contaminated during winter land spreading of liquid manure.

When done under the right conditions and when proper safeguards are followed, the spreading of liquid manure is usually not a problem. In fact, it provides a rich fertilizer for farmers.

However, what's good for the ground is not good for wells, streams or rivers.

Enter a possible solution in the form of a system that converts the liquid manure into energy.

Source: htr news.com
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