Poultry litter market

first_imgBy Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaThe Georgia Poultry Federation has teamed up with the Universityof Georgia to launch a new Web site designed to help move poultrylitter to where it’s needed in the state.The Georgia Poultry Federation Litter Market (www.galitter.org)will allow poultry growers with litter to sell to post ads thatpotential buyers can view. Farmers and others who want to buylitter for its nutrients may also post ads. So can anyone whoprovides services such as poultry house clean-out or litterhauling or spreading.The service is free.Poultry growers, brokers and buyers can post ads telling theservices they need or the amount and location of litter they haveor want. Visitors can browse the ads or conduct searches based onlocation or other factors.High hopes”We hope www.galitter.org will be a valuable service to poultrygrowers throughout the state,” said Georgia Poultry FederationPresident Abit Massey.”In many parts of the state,” Massey said, “poultry litter is instrong demand for use as a fertilizer for crops and pastures.This Web site should help create a stronger market for the litterand assist poultry growers in linking up with potential buyers.”UGA Extension Service engineer Mark Risse, who helped develop thesite, said he hopes visitors will remember that the site is adatabase. It won’t have a lot of data in it at first. But thatwill change with time.Give it time”When we first made it live there was no data in it,” Risse said.”I checked after the first few days and there were six or eightads on it. It will take some time for it to build up. We justdon’t want somebody to go there and say, ‘Well, there’s not muchthere,’ and not come back.”Take the time to check the site, bookmark it, post or answer anad and check back if you don’t find what you need, he said.The Web site could help solve the problem of having too muchpoultry litter in some places and not enough in others, Rissesaid.Too much, too little”We have a few counties in north Georgia where if we land-appliedall of the litter there at agronomic rates on every acre ofavailable cropland and pasture, we’d still have too much litter,”he said. “We’d still have too much nitrogen and phosphorus.”But south Georgia, he said, has many areas where farmers can’tget enough litter. “We hope this Web site will facilitate moreexchange between north and south Georgia,” he said.Risse said the Web site could lead to new outlets for litter,too, such as producing compost for organic farmers and gardenersor developing power plants that could produce energy from poultrylitter.”Many applications such as these depend on consistent, dependablesupplies of poultry litter,” he said. “Hopefully, this Web sitecould help them find these suppliers.”Chicken kingGeorgia is the largest poultry-producing state in the UnitedStates, with 2.15 billion chickens generating $2.5 billion a yearin farm cash receipts, according to the Georgia AgriculturalStatistics Service.All those chickens produce about 1.5 million tons of litter peryear. The nutrients in that litter make it valuable as a fairlylow-cost fertilizer. Too much of it in a given place, though, canpollute the environment.That’s where the new Web site comes in.”A few other states have successful litter-broker sites,” Rissesaid. “We’re hoping it will be a good solution to having too muchof a resource in one place and not enough in another.”(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Grand Opening Friday For RomWeber II

first_imgThe grand opening of RomWeber Flats II will be held Friday.BATESVILLE – A ribbon cutting will be held Friday for the second phase of RomWeber Flats. The addition of RomWeber II offers another thirty, one and two bedroom apartments for seniors, bringing the total number of units to eighty-four.RomWeber has also joined in partnership with Cincinnati-based Nursing Care Management to offer assisted living options on campus. It is the first assisted living facility of its kind in Indiana.“The ability for Hoosiers to maintain their independence into their golden years is a valuable asset to any community,” said Jacob Sipe, Executive Director of the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority. “The addition of assisted living options in the RomWeber Flats developments will enhance the lives of elderly citizens in Batesville, reducing isolation and limiting the cost of care.”This innovative approach will allow residents to age in place and to live independently using a combination of affordable housing and Medicaid waivers to offset the cost of care. “This unique combination of programs will make assisted living available to Hoosiers who would traditionally reside in nursing homes due to the lack of availability of assisted living,” noted Mike Scharfenberger, owner of Nursing Care Management.Charles Anderson, Senior Vice President of City Real Estate Advisor, the Tax Credit Syndicator commented: “RomWeber Flats is a perfect example of a successful public / private enterprise.  The benefits to the residents, the property serves, are countless and the redevelopment that has occurred in the downtown Batesville market as a result of this development is truly remarkable.  This property symbolizes what should come to all of our minds when we hear the words ‘affordable housing’.”With the addition of RomWeber II, the total investment on the RomWeber Campus is now close to $17 million. This project has created 22 full time jobs and added three new businesses in downtown Batesville.Romweber Flats is a 55 and over community with amenities including a movie room, beauty salon, library, tenant storage facility, community areas and the award winning Big Four Café.last_img read more