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David Sparks, Ph.D. Old School Farming
by David Sparks, Ph.D., click here for bio

Program: Idaho Ag Today
Date: March 23, 2017

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University of Idaho researcher Dr. Lilian Alessa strongly believes in the economic and sustainability values of using manure as a fertilizer. She believes that after mechanical and chemical processing of this naturally occurring material, it makes complete sense to use it. I have a question for her. “If you took a field of wheat or field of tomatoes, any edible crop and applied just plain old raw manure to it as a fertilizer, would that be a satisfactory nutrient for edible crops? Yes, but then you get into the problems of regulations and policies. We have a really big issue everywhere in the US and it is in the form of well-meaning regulations to protect human health and animals and those regulations are sometimes limiting to manure fertilization practices. It limits commercially what you and I would do in our backyard. We would always wait, growing up, put a pile of manure to get high enough so that we could apply it on the fields in Abbotsford, British Columbia.

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