- Animal Products: dairy
- Farm Business Management: whole farm planning
- Production Systems: agroecosystems, integrated crop and livestock systems
A previous SARE project demonstrated that prototype manure paper sheets used as horticultural weed control mats could be produced using commercial paper making equipment. In this project, the addition of recycled paper fiber to add strength and flexibility to the mats will be investigated. Biodegradable, manure-fiber-based paper products may solve a waste problem for producers and be a solution to a nutrient management problem. Outreach will be through a farm tour for farmers and agency staff, press releases to trade journals, and presentations to agency staff and the county dairy committee.