Current Practices and Market Demand Potential for Compost Produced by Small to Mid-sized Farms in Michigan


August 23, 2005 - <> Gould,

Farmers in Michigan cannot apply manure to fields exceeding 300 pounds of soil phosphorus/acre and meet Michigan Right-To-Farm guidelines. Land application of manure is currently the primary method farmers use to utilize manure nutrients produced on the farm. Removing this option means farmers have to utilize manure nutrients some other way. Farmers have expressed a strong interest in identifying and determining the viability of alternative sustainable manure treatment methods, especially composting, to help them manage manure that can no longer be land applied. This compost market assessment report is a direct result of that interest.



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