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Oklahoma poultry litter program causes controversy


August 26, 2008
By Marg Land

chickens01August 26, 2008 – A state program
to truck poultry litter from northeast Oklahoma to other parts of the
state is ruffling feathers.

August 26, 2008 – A state program to truck poultry litter from northeast Oklahoma to other parts of the state is ruffling feathers.

chickens01Oklahoma’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.


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