Early Bird Compost Reuses Waste to Produce Growth

Central Missouri Poultry Producers Inc., Board Member Rhonda Heimericks outside the Early Bird Compost production facility outside of High Point.

Central Missouri Poultry Producers Inc., Board Member Rhonda Heimericks outside the Early Bird Compost production facility outside of High Point. Photo by John Inman.

During the Clinton Administration poultry farmers were in a bind. The government was putting limits on how farmers could spread manure in areas such as watersheds. Rhonda Heimericks, board member for Central Missouri Poultry Producers Inc., said the group of turkey and chicken farmers got together and formed a co-op to market their turkey litter and fill a niche market through their product, Early Bird Compost.

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A large tumbler where turkey waste is processed into Early Bird Compost.

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Central Missouri Poultry Producers Inc., Board Member Rhonda Heimericks demonstrates how this machine bags the Early Bird Compost before it is shipped out.

For more of this story check out the March 30 issue of the California Democrat.

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