From Trash to Treasure

Peoria County farmer Paul Rosenbohm can thank his neighbor Mrs. Phillips, a long-neglected neighboring farm and an overabundance of dairy cow manure for his successful compost business.

Nearly 30 years ago, Rosenbohm and his brother needed more land to spread the waste from their cows. When the farm adjacent to theirs came up for auction, Rosenbohm bought it primarily for a manure repository.

Believing all his neighbors had air conditioning, Rosenbohm spread a particularly aromatic load of manure on his new fields on the first warm day of summer. The next morning, Rosenbohm’s phone rang.

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