March 24–25 2015, 8am–4pmWhere
Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center 1680 Madison Avenue, Wooster, OH 44691
The education course content focuses on running centralized, large-scale composting facilities. Examples include those for farms, businesses and municipalities.
The aim is to further the knowledge of compost producers, solid waste managers, farmers and others as more and more organic materials get diverted from landfills. Nursery operators, public health officials and environmental regulators, among others, also may gain by attending.
The course covers a range of scientific, engineering and business topics, including site design, mix preparation, compost testing, state regulations, contaminant issues, how to manage compost piles and windrows for peak aerobic conversion and the fewest odors, and how to use composts to naturally reduce plant diseases and create value from waste.
The course will have classroom and laboratory components. The instructors will be from the college, from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and from industry, including CLC Labs, Barnes Nursery, KB BioEnergy and URS Corporation.
Registration is $175 for members of the Organics Recycling Association of Ohio and $225 for nonmembers. Registration includes all materials, continental breakfast and lunch.
The course schedule, a registration form, and lodging and other details can be downloaded online.
Continuing education units are pending approval for OEPA wastewater operator certification and for Ohio registered sanitarians.
Funding support to develop the course came from Ohio EPA’s Ohio Environmental Education Fund.