Conference on Digesters for Small and Medium Farms

WISCONSIN - If think that manure digesters are only for large livestock farms and only used to make methane for electricity, then think again. The third annual manure bio-conversion technology conference, is titled "The Role of Methane Digesters on Small and Medium Sized Livestock Farms," and will focus is how to make money from manure.
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Sponsored by the Wisconsin Agricultural Stewardship Initiative in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, the conference takes place on Tuesday, 20 January, Country Springs Conference and Convention Center, Stevens Point and delegates will learn how to convert manure into value-added products by digestion, says Timm Johnson, executive director, Wisconsin Agricultural Stewardship Initiative

"Although electricity is an option, this conference will explore other potential products like animal bedding, heat for buildings, and alternative fuels for vehicles," Johnson explained.

Conference speakers include:
  • Jim Harsdorf, who operates a 250-cow dairy in River Falls, Wisconsin.
  • Brandon Moffat, of Conestoga-Rovers, Ontario, Canada.
  • John Vrieze, Emerald and Baldwin Dairies, Baldwin, Wisconsin, who will present a panel discussion on a collaborative digester project.
  • Rod Nilsestuen, Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection who will discuss the opportunities for bio-energy.
There will also be four breakout sessions:
  • Using methane gas to produce electricity and use of micro-turbines.
  • Using methane for heating greenhouses, homes, shops or drying wood.
  • Alternative fuel-vehicles, powered by methane.
  • More efficient separation of liquids and solids for use of bio-solids as animal bedding.
The conference fee is US$65 for registrations before 25 January 2008. Late registration or day tickets are $75. Lunch, a CD-ROM tool kit and conference material packet are included in the price.

To Register Tel. (608) 224-5041.

Source: Wisconsin Agriculturalist

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