EFC provides assistance to rural communities and farm operations as they seek to understand and implement strategies that improve environmental outcomes and strengthen profitability. EFC’s work in this area has included assessing the economic feasibility of alternative manure management projects, such as thermochemical processing of poultry litter to produce heat, electricity, and saleable byproducts. Such innovative technologies could both reduce nutrient pollution to local waterways and boost farmer productivity. Other work has focused on nutrient and sediment management, water quality, Watershed Implementation Plans, natural resource conservation, and sustainability. See below for additional information.