WNY’s cow pie probs
blog by S.J. Velasquez • September 04, 2012 @ 11:07am
Western New York is relishing in the upstate yogurt-production boom, but dairy farmers are also dealing with a hot mess of a problem: excess cow manure.
Rochester’s Democrat and Chronicle reported last week that New York’s dairy industry could produce as much as 34 million pounds of cow manure in the year ahead, becoming a more troublesome water pollutant than in years past.
While dairy farmers usually deal with the cow waste on their own by turning it into fertilizer, there’s worry that excess cow dung could get into waterways, producing toxic algae and underwater weeds.
New York state Power Authority officials say they’re constructing a plant that would process the manure, according to the Rochester paper.
All of this cow dung dilemma comes at a time when Wisconsin residents are experiencing a cow pie shortage. The drought felt by many Americans has negatively affected the production of cow chips—a necessary items for the Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw and Festival, which attracts approximately 40,000 spectators, AP reports.
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