b'Litter ManagementPoultry Litter A Valuable Resource For Farmers Who Raise Our PoultryThe farmers who raise our poultryWe require all of our poultry retain ownership of their litterfarmers to have a nutrient The amount of nutrients appliedbecause it is a resource thatmanagement plan for theto crops is regulated by nutrient-has value to them. For farmerspoultry operation. In addition,management plans and otherwhose crops need the nutrientsstate regulations, such as theapplicable state regulations,in poultry litter, it can offset thePhosphorus Management Tooland crop farmers apply fertilizercosts of chemical fertilizers while(PMT) in Maryland, furtheraccordingly. Therefore, the presenceimproving soil quality. For thoseregulate the movement andof poultry operations does notwho cannot or do not want to useplacement of poultry litter andchange the amount of nutrientstheir litter, it is an agriculturalfertilizers. Litter, like any otherapplied to land, but the source ofcommodity that can be sold tofertilizer, is used by farmersthose nutrients may differ.generate additional farm incomein accordance with nutrient or bartered. management plans that match Litter stored on the farm is keptfertilizer application to the needsin covered storage buildings toSince poultry houses are enclosedof each crop, minimizing theprevent runoff.and there is no liquid waste, therepotential for nutrient runoff.is no manure discharge from poultry houses. The small amountWhile poultry farmers are of manure deposited outside theresponsible for making sure house on free-range farms helpslitter from their farms goes to to support the vegetation in thean approved use, crop farming pasture area. and poultry production are two separate activities.ENVIRONMENT 74'