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Manure from farm animals when used as fertilizer improves soil and increases crop yields. It can become a pollutant if it reaches water supplies.

Farm animal production in the United States has clearly shifted away from many small farms to an increasing number of larger farms. It takes several small farms to equal the manure production of a single large farm. On the large farm, the manure management responsibility lies with only one management system instead of several.

Research shows larger farms use more comprehensive manure management practices than smaller farms. Larger farms must comply with stricter regulations than smaller farms and are often more able to employ people or hire consultants who specialize in manure management issues.

Research suggests that large farms as a group may practice better manure management than smaller farms as a whole.


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True? Or Not? "Large farms are bad for the environment."

Robert Burns SAYS...

THE NITTY GRITTY:

In fact, data collected to date suggests that large farms as a group may practice better manure management than smaller farms as a whole.

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Larry Jacobson SAYS...

THE NITTY GRITTY:

The statement that large farms are bad for the environment is misguided but for air quality this statement is plausible.

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