The state of Delaware has developed a cost share program which reimburses poultry growers who move poultry litter from farms that are nutrient-rich to farms that need nutrients, and this program has gained a new source of financial support. Allen’s Hatchery, Inc., and Mountaire Farms of Delaware and Delmarva, Inc., have each agreed to contribute up to $100,000 to help fund the program’s cost, if other sources of revenue cannot be found.
Delaware poultry growers participating in the Nutrient Management Relocation Program are eligible to receive $0.16 per ton mile for the one-way transport of poultry litter from their farm to a recipient farm which can utilize the litter according to accepted nutrient management guidelines. The payment is capped at a total of $18 per ton. The typical payment is $11 to $12 per ton.