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Published July 24, 2009, 12:00 AM


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Craig Jorgensen, of Jackson, Minn., right, shows a manure spreader to Gary Wilton, of Medora, Ill., during the Upper Midwest Manure Handling Expo Wednesday in Boone, Iowa. 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. and much of it is handled by custom manure applicators who have gathered in central Iowa to learn the latest techniques for handling the waste.

Read the article: Manure means money to handlers gathered in Iowa