2017 Commodity Conference


Rainwater Harvesting for Poultry Operations

In an effort to positively impact the environment and his bottom line, Cullman County farmer Kevin Allen looked to the sky. Allen, with the help of Auburn University's National Poultry Technology Center, installed a new system to catch and store rainwater for Allen's four poultry houses. The system can collect 100,000 gallons of water from two inches of rainfall on Allen's four poultry houses. He hopes to slash his $20,000 water bill by 70 percent annually.




Duck River Reservoir Project: Meeting Cullman County's Water Needs

The Duck River Reservoir Project is a fully permitted project to construct a 650 acre reservoir to meet Cullman County's water needs for the next 75 years. It provides the county with additional drought-resistance and is located only six miles east of Cullman's water treatment plant. The new reservoir offers Cullman complete ownership of the facilities and water rights and provides a second water supply that can be routinely used to optimize water quality to the water treatment-plant. The lake is not open to the public, as it is still an active construction zone. 



Lunch: Stone Bridge Farms

Enjoy lunch at Stone Bridge Farms, an all-inclusive venue providing excellent food and fellowship for guests on 78 acres in Cullman County. 


Solar Arrays - Using the Sun to Generate Dollars

The Blue Tour will tour farms using large photovoltaic cells panels to convert sunlight into electricity for farmers in the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) service area. When the sun shines on solar panels, the panels produce DC (direct current) electricity. By running this DC power through an inverter, power from the panels is inverted to usable AC (alternating current) electricity, which is similar to energy powering your home. Southern Solar Systems out of Huntsville has worked with farmers, businesses and residential customers to generate green power in north Alabama, where the TVA encourages solar energy by paying retail rates for solar power put back on the grid. 




Several of these tour stops are active poultry operations. Tour stop locations and routes may be changed to avoid any bio-security risk for the livestock operations. Some of the alternative tour locations may have modest dress code standards due to religious polices. 

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