Academic Venture Fund - 2018

Recycling Poultry Litter for Fertile Fields

Tom Kates - Moose Hill Farm chickens

As the world's largest producer of poultry meat, the U.S. poultry industry generates approximately 55 million dry tons of poultry litter ever year, resulting in expensive disposal costs and a large environmental footprint. This project seeks to achieve long-term food security by transforming nutrient-rich poultry waste into economically viable fertilizers. The team will couple innovative technology development with energy-environmental-economic systems analysis. The researchers' partnerships with key stakeholders in the poultry industry and support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will maximize the impacts of the project.

[This project received an Engaged Cornell supplemental grant.]

Investigators: Fengqi You, Johannes Lehmann, Xingen Lei, Jeff Tester