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Marketing Manure: A Value-Added Product for Small Operations
USDA figures show that livestock production is increasingly carried out on farms without cropland, reports Wisconsin Ag Connection. On these farms, manure must be disposed of off-farm, rather than being utilized as a fertilizer for growing livestock feed on-site. The percentage of all livestock produced on farms without cropland rose from 22% in 1996 to 37% in 2015. During that same period, the amount of poultry produced on farms without cropland rose from 44% to 53%, while hogs rose from 14% to 31%.