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Published July 24, 2009, 07:56 AM

Manure means money to handlers gathered in Iowa

To the folks who make a living spreading manure on farm fields, the business end of hogs, cows and chickens can be a gold mine. More than 1.3 million tons of manure is applied as fertilizer each year to about 15.8 million acres of farmland in the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Much of it is handled by custom manure applicators who gathered Wednesday in central Iowa to learn the latest techniques for handling the waste.

By: By Michael J. Crumb, The Associated Press , The Jamestown Sun

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