Now there is a new challenge for budgets, expensive artificial fertilizer costs. The expense of farming has spiked by 200% in the past year. As such, American farmers are trying to avoid rising artificial nutrient costs. Manure from cows is a viable alternative. But the is a hiccup with this plan.
Abe Sandquist is the president of Natural Fertilizer Services, Inc. For the last two decades, Sandquist has been trying to sell processed cow dung to farmers. Yet because of commercial fertilizer shortages, more U.S. growers want his services. Farmers are on the hunt for alternatives to the more commonly used phosphate- and nitrogen-based fertilizers. But he does not have enough to meet the new demand.
"I wish we had more to sell. But there's not enough to meet the demand."
Manure has become a hot commodity.
Many livestock and dairy farmers once had to have their animal waste removed. Recently, selling animal waste to grain growers has become a profitable side business. But agriculture specialists suggest caution because manure supply cannot fill the entire demand. Plus, transportation is expensive, and demand is also driving up the price of animal waste.
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