The 2023 budget for Dane County, Wisconsin, includes $3 million to study the feasibility of opening a commercial grade, community scale manure processing plant and funding to acquire a site for this potential development.
In a press release, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said that the county had done a lot over the past decade to address the root cause of excessive algae growth in the Yahara Chain of Lakes, but a grander scale solution is needed to reach the county’s phosphorus runoff reduction goals. Dane County — home to Madison, the state’s capital — is still a major player in dairy and other agricultural commodities. This new manure processing plant, in combination with two existing digesters in the county, would treat approximately 400 million gallons of manure each year from about 40,000 cows.
This article appeared in the November 2022 issue of Journal of Nutrient Management on page 5. Not a subscriber? Click to get the print magazine.