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Proposed Chicken Waste to Energy Plant in Wicomico County

WICOMICO COUNTY, Md. - A New Hampshire based energy company is looking at Wicomico County as the location for a brand new plant that would turn chicken manure into energy.  And that company, AgEnergy USA has already partnered with Perdue on the plan.

AgEnergy USA would construct the $200 million plant and Perdue would supply the plant with feedstock, or chicken litter, that would be converted into energy.  The plant would also extract the nitrogen from the manure that could be sold back to farmers to use as fertilizer.

Perdue officials say it comes at a perfect time for Eastern Shore farmers.  With the phosphorus regulations coming down from the state level, farmers will be unable to use as much chicken litter for fertilizer as they normally would.  The energy plant would give the farmers an option for the excess litter. 

"The anaerobic digestor that Perdue and Ag Energy are taking a look at could be one of the answers to take care of some of the extra phosphorus in the manure," said Charles Wright, a Wicomico County farmer.

The plant would be able to handle up to 200,000 tons of chicken manure a year.  The project is still in the early phases.  Members of AgEnergy USA proposed the idea to state lawmakers just last week.  The idea calls for the plant to be built in Wicomico County but there is no exact location, as of yet, for where the plant would be constructed.

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