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Egg producer operates innovative nutrient recycling systems

Pearl Valley Eggs’ wastewater treatment and manure composting systems allow this Illinois egg producer to operate in an environmentally friendly manner.
It shouldn’t be too surprising that Dave Thompson, owner of Pearl Valley Eggs, employs some unconventional technologies for waste management on his Illinois farm. Thompson, a former elementary school teacher, has grown his company over the last two and a half decades to include 1.1 million hens, an egg packing facility and an organic fertilizer operation. Pearl Valley uses a reed bed biofilter to remove biosolids from the wastewater stream and convert them to plant material, and a manure composting system to convert layer waste into organic fertilizer products used coast to coast. 
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