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The Economic Feasibility of Poultry Litter Composting Facilities in Eastern West Virginia

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  15 September 2016

David A. Fritsch
Division of Resource Management, West Virginia University
Alan R. Collins
Division of Resource Management, West Virginia University
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Centralized, off-farm compost facilities were evaluated as a disposal option for poultry litter. Disposal fees to growers were required to develop an economically feasible facility for a private investor. The potential for a compost facility to compete with current litter alternatives depends upon development of compost markets comparable to urban areas along with a depressed market price for litter. Given disposal fees and uncertainty associated with market development, further expansion of land application and cattle feeding disposal alternatives is recommended.

Copyright © 1993 Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association 

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