Manure Management Economics

Agriculture and Resource Economics have been investigating several issues related to animal waste. One is how regulation of animal waste is impacting the hog industry. Other research looks at some of economic implications of agricultural engineering solutions to manage animal waste. Several economists in the program have been researching the impact of hog farm locations on real estate property values.

Faculty members involved in these projects are Kelly Zering and Tom Vukina.

Extensive Research and Analysis for The Smithfield Agreement

Reports and summaries of economic feasibility and benefits of adopting environmentally superior swine waste management.

Phase Two

  • Summary reports of economic feasibility
  • Market Modeling of the Effects of Adoption of New Swine Waste Management Technologies in North Carolina
  • Costs and Returns Analysis of Manure Management Systems Evaluated Under the North Carolina Attorney General Agreements (Methods)
  • Appendices A-I of the Costs and Returns Methods document
  • Appendix B.1b Costs and Returns for New Anaerobic Lagoon and Sprayfield Systems
  • Appendix B.1c Costs and Returns for Barham Farm (Retrofitted In-ground Anaerobic Digester)
  • Appendix B.1d Cost and Returns for Ekokan (Retrofitted Aerobic System)
  • Appendix B.1e Costs and Returns for ReCip (Retrofitted mixed system)
  • Appendix B.1f Costs and Returns for BEST (FAN + TFS and Filtramat + TFS) Retrofitted solids separation and aerobic system
  • Appendix B.1g Costs and Returns for Belt Systems (Lake Wheeler Road and van Kempen-Koger) Retrofitted underfloor belt systems
  • Appendix B.1h Costs and Returns for High Solids Anaerobic Digester (HSAD) (Off farm system)
  • Appendix B.1i Cost and Returns Report for Super Soils On-Farm (Retrofitted multi-function System)

Phase Three