Systems Approaches to Managing Manure Using Coordinated Markets

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SKU A4192-08

Author(s) Victor M. Zavala, Rebecca A. Larson, Horacio Aguirre-Villegas.

Lack of investment in manure processing systems has developed because of high capital costs, limited knowledge of performance and payback periods, limited or lack of confidence in incentives, and lack of a market to facilitate commercialization of manure-derived products. Assessing livestock manure using a system’s modeling approach can aid in developing a market that supports investing in a processing system that can reduce environmental impacts and increase revenues to rural communities. This fact sheet details the development and use of markets for manure-based products to incentivize and increase manure processing systems that support environmental and economic sustainability (4 pages; 2022).