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How Far Can Poultry Litter Go? A New Technology for Litter Transport


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  • Carreira, Rita I.
  • Young, Kenneth B.
  • Goodwin, Harold L., Jr.
  • Wailes, Eric J.


Exporting northwest Arkansas excess turkey and broiler litter to partially fertilize nutrient-deficient cropland in eastern Arkansas can be more cost effective than to supply all crop nutrients with chemical fertilizer only, given current high fertilizer prices. Cost savings are greater if litter is baled in ultraviolet resistant plastic and transported via truck, since backhaul opportunities reduce truck rates, or alternatively, if raw litter is shipped via a truck-barge combination. Rice is the crop that allows for greater savings according to a mathematical programming model implemented in General Algebraic Modeling System (GAMS).

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Article provided by Southern Agricultural Economics Association in its journal Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics.

Volume (Year): 39 (2007)
Issue (Month): 03 (December)

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Handle: RePEc:ags:joaaec:37050

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Keywords: baling poultry litter; barge transportation; cost minimization; manure management; mathematical programming; nutrient surplus; poultry litter; truck transportation; Agribusiness; Crop Production/Industries; C61; C65; Q12; Q30; Q53;

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  1. Ali, Sarah & McCann, Laura M.J. & Allspach, Jessica, 2012. "Manure Transfers in the Midwest and Factors Affecting Adoption of Manure Testing," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 44(04), November.
  2. Mullen, Jeffrey D. & Bekchanov, Ulugbek & Karali, Berna & Kissel, David & Risse, Mark L. & Rowles, Kristin & Collier, Sam, 2011. "Assessing the Market for Poultry Litter in Georgia: Are Subsidies Needed to Protect Water Quality?," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 43(04), November.


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