FEDERATION TO SURVEY POULTRY PRODUCERS
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Poultry producers in a 12-county area of northeast Alabama will soon be receiving a survey from the Alabama Farmers Federation to help address environmental concerns stemming from the distribution of poultry litter and to explore alternative uses as a potential fuel source.
Guy Hall, director of the Federation's Poultry Division, said the Federation began today mailing out a letter and two-page survey to its members who raise chickens in Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Jackson, Limestone, Madison, Marshall, Morgan and St. Clair Counties.
Hall said the survey, which should require no more than 10 minutes to complete, is divided into three sections with general questions about the farm's operation, poultry litter management and bio-security on the farm. A postage-paid envelope is provided to encourage responses by the Feb. 16 deadline.
The survey is being conducted along with Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, Alabama Mountains Rivers and Valleys RC&D Council, and Auburn University in an effort to provide guidance on how to fund projects beneficial to poultry producers.
"Some poultry producers in Alabama are not able to find affordable bedding material for poultry houses, energy prices are high, and diseases have caused financial losses," said Hall. "We are looking at the feasibility of and interest in alternative uses for litter, such as fuel to produce steam or electrical power for industry or heat for poultry houses. We would also like to learn more about how diseases are spread and ways to decrease your energy costs. We need the producers' help in gathering information to determine how to deal with issues that will affect the future of the poultry industry."
The survey does not obligate any producer in any way. Producers who have questions about the survey may contact Hall at (334) 612-5181, email
GHall@AlfaFarmers.org, or Dawn Moone at (334) 613-4735, email DMoone@AlfaFarmers.org.