There could be some good news for handling chicken manure.
A Berlin-based company says it has a process that can remove phosphates from chicken waste.
And company officials hope to get a prototype facility operating by the end of the summer at a local farm.
The effort got the endorsement of Maryland Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance, who told reporters at a ground breaking ceremony last week, if this works it could revolutionize the poultry industry.
The public meeting last night on the new state regulations on handling chicken manure got a packed house at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center.
The new rules that are designed to prevent phosphorus from contaminating the Chesapeake Bay found Maryland Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance explaining the new rules in a 30 day public comment period.
He admitted that he was still unsure as to how they would affect farmers but said there was enough time for stakeholders to find out.
They go into effect October 18th.
The Virginia based EcoCorp Incorporated is now contracting with Delmarva farmers for 8-thousand tons of chicken manure annually that will be used at the proposed ECI Biogas facility.
The plant will convert chicken waste into electricity and custom blended fertilizer for market.
The company will pay 1 cent per pound of chicken litter, which translates into $20 per ton.
John Ingersoll, president of the company, says…that an average truck holds about $400 to $500 or around 25 tons.