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Panel looks at ways to help both sides in confinement issue

by 5m Editor
26 April 2006, at 12:00am

MISSOURI — About 25 people crowded into a small meeting room Monday to discuss innovations for dealing with animal and human waste.

The round table discussion for the Missouri Senate's Special Committee on Fuel Waste and Environment featured Sen. John Cauthorn, R-Mexico, and Sen. Bill Stouffer, R-Napton. Also on hand were Republican state Reps. Cathy Chinn of Clarence and Therese Sander of Moberly.

Cauthorn said the committee wants to help protect Missouri's environment, solve farm odor issues and assist rural economic development. A report of the five-member committee's findings, with recommendations, will be issued to the Senate.

Cauthorn said the state has "money in the budget" for research and development that could help with "controlling odor and creating energy." Ideas Monday ranged from use of a powder common in Europe to help neutralize odors or a "scrubber" to help remove odor-spreading particulates from the air to turning hog manure into crude oil.

Stouffer said entrepreneurs were on the "threshold of some very exciting solutions to the use of manure." He said Missouri's agricultural economy can't compete without animal production.

Source: Quincy Herald

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