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As the number of animals per farm have increased, the amount of manure on the individual farms has risen accordingly. With this greater volume of manure, there is a greater potential for pollution and a greater need to manage the manure in an appropriate manner. This increased amount of manure with an increased rural population has resulted in an escalating number of conflicts between livestock producers and their neighbors. In attempts to resolve these conflicts, the need for generally accepted waste management practices has been revealed. The intent of this study is to describe, assess, and analyze livestock manure management issues with specific analytic attention addressed to the swine enterprise. Swine was selected because of its economic importance to the Michigan economy and recent litigation challenging the manure management practice of individual swine producers.

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