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.