Oklahoma poultry litter program causes controversy
By Marg Land
August 26, 2008 – A state program to truck poultry litter from northeast Oklahoma to other parts of the state is ruffling feathers.
Oklahoma’s Conservation Commission pays farmers mileage to drive to northeast regions of the state and pick up poultry litter for use as fertilizer on their crop fields, according to a report in The Oklahoman. Previously, most chicken litter stayed near the farms that produced them, leading to nutrient overload in adjacent fields.
Officials in some counties within Oklahoma are worried the program is just spreading the nutrient overload problems to other regions of the state.