Dead Poultry Composter Project: Bill Harvill Composter
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A grant of EPA funds was made available by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in October 1990 to selected southwest Missouri poultry producers representing each of the five major poultry processing companies. The purpose of the grant is to demonstrate the feasibility of composting dead birds in an environmentally sound manner. The grant is administered by Southwest Missouri Resource Conservation and Development, Inc., with technical assistance provided by the Natural Resources Conservation Service and educational activities provided by MU Extension. Bill Harvill, of Stark City, Mo., representing Tyson Foods, agreed to participate in the demonstration project. Harvill's concerns about environmental considerations, economics of managing dead birds and future regulations pertaining to dead bird disposal were factors in his decision to participate in the demonstration project. This guide describes the composting project relating to Harvill's poultry operation.
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