Ohio Farmers To Begin Using Manure Power

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Chickens and cows in northwest Ohio will soon be helping turn on lights and power up air conditioners.

Wenning Poultry and Bridgewater Dairy are installing machines called digesters to capture the methane gas in manure and convert it into electricity.

The process reduces the smell of manure as well.

Wenning Poultry has 580-thousand chickens and Bridgewater Dairy has 38-hundred cows.

Chris Weaver, whose family owns and operates the dairy in Williams County, hopes to have the methane digester operating by year's end.

Weaver said it will produce about 30 percent more energy than the farm will use.