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New NCSU Poultry House Cuts Down on Odor

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RALEIGH — The battle in North Carolina between farmers and people who livenear farms may be over for some Raleigh residents. A new poultry house atNorth Carolina State University will provide an odor-free environment.

The new facility may be the wave of the future. The birds' waste isdropped onto conveyer belts which are easy to clean. Scientists say theprocess cuts down on odor and is just one of the ways researchers are trying to balance waste treatment with the environment.

Researchers at NCSU will try to figure out if the waste treatment processes they're using can be used on a large commercial scale, one plan is tocreate fertilizer from by-products of waste which may make farmers aprofit.

Gov. Jim Hunt said the new process means a great deal to farmers andresidents.

Mike Williams, Waste Management Center director, said people wholive near livestock will benefit from the new process.

While some of the waste treatment processes are already proving effective,researchers aren't sure if the majority of farmers will be able to affordthem.

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