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Project aims to improve chicken house air

03 October 2006

US - A Salisbury engineering firm has developed a method to remove moisture from chicken excrement and is retrofitting poultry houses at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore with technology designed to sharply reduce ammonia emission associated with dank feces.

The Environmental Poultry House at the UMES agricultural division farm was unveiled Monday by federal and state agricultural officials who hailed the AviHome LLC technology as a revolutionary step toward improving conditions for birds and workers who breathe ammonia and the environment exposed to moisture-rich manure runoff.

"It is an innovative type project (impacting) the environment, bird health, human health," said Jeannine Harter-Dennis, a UMES professor of Poultry Science overseeing the project.

The United States Department of Agriculture awarded $500,000 toward the UMES project at a morning program on the UMES farm that was attended by U.S. Rep. Wayne Gilchrest, Maryland Agricultural Secretary Lewis Riley and Bill Satterfield, executive director of the Delmarva Poultry Industry.

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Source: DelmarvaNow

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