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Jul 21

Mid-Atlantic Composting and Compost Use Webinar Series: Webinar 2 - Composting: Feedstocks and Recipe Development

2:00 pm EDT

Please join us for the second webinar in our Composting and Compost Use series. In this webinar, the presenters will discuss properties of feedstocks critical for their blending to promote ideal composting, explain how to interpret feedstock analyses, provide mathematical examples of recipe formulation, and demonstrate the use of a spreadsheet for developing compost feedstock recipes. There is no charge to begin your discovery or renewal of composting knowledge, but registration is required.

Register for the Composting: Feedstocks and Recipe Development webinar.

Presenters

Greg Evanylo, Professor & Extension Specialist, Department of Crop & Soil Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech, specializes in the use of residual byproducts from agricultural, industrial, and municipal activities. His work clarifies the availability, transport, and effects of nutrients, trace elements, and organic matter in residuals on plant health, soil properties, and water quality. Greg is a member of the U.S. Composting Council, the Water Environment Federation, the Soil Science Society of America, and the American Society of Agronomy.

Gary Felton, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science & Technology, University of Maryland, specializes in the fate and transport of nutrients and on-farm applications of technology. In particular, his work has focused on poultry litter application, co-composting poultry litter and other wastes, and nutrient fate and transport from poultry litter stockpiles.

Mid-Atlantic Composting and Compost Use Webinar Series

You are invited to join our esteemed group of instructors on the third Friday of each month beginning at 2PM Eastern Time for an online version of the Mid Atlantic Better Composting School, without the hands-on training portion. Individual webinars will be 60-75 minutes, including Q&A. This free-of-charge webinar series will begin in June 2017 and end in May 2018. Registration will be required in order to log-on.

The webinar series provides fundamental education on composting principles and compost use. The program will benefit experienced composters by providing refresher classes that may improve composting operations or for preparing for Compost Operators’ Certification testing. The training may also be useful for those considering starting a composting operation, at the on-farm, municipal, or industrial level. Composting regulators and compost marketers could also benefit from the knowledge on the process and the end product material use.

Download the webinar series schedule (PDF format)

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Compost Recipe Examples

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Jul 25

LOW-TECH FLAME CARBONIZERS FOR BIOCHAR PRODUCTION: THEORY AND APPLICATIONS

2:00 pm EDT

Biochar is made by applying heat to biomass in the absence of oxygen. Flame carbonization uses the flame itself to exclude oxygen. Flame carbonization methods can produce high quality biochar from low value biomass waste found in fields and forests without investing in expensive equipment. Kelpie Wilson will explain the theory and design principles for using flame carbonizing techniques in various applications such as forestry, farming and urban tree care.

Kelpie Wilson is a mechanical engineer and analyst with 30 years of experience in renewable energy, sustainable forestry and resource conservation. Since 2008, she has focused on biochar as a tool to move excess carbon from the atmosphere to soil, where it can improve soil health and sequester carbon. She consults with farmers, private industry, and government agencies through her company Wilson Biochar Associates. She serves on the board of the US Biochar Initiative, works with several local groups in Oregon promoting sustainable forestry and agriculture, and presents many classes and workshops on small scale biochar production and use every year.

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Jul 25

Low-tech Flame Carbonizers for Biochar Production: Theory and Applications

2:00 pm EDT

Biochar is made by applying heat to biomass in the absence of oxygen. Flame carbonization uses the flame itself to exclude oxygen. Flame carbonization methods can produce high quality biochar from low value biomass waste found in fields and forests without investing in expensive equipment. Kelpie Wilson will explain the theory and design principles for using flame carbonizing techniques in various applications such as forestry, farming and urban tree care.

Kelpie Wilson is a mechanical engineer and analyst with 30 years of experience in renewable energy, sustainable forestry and resource conservation. Since 2008, she has focused on biochar as a tool to move excess carbon from the atmosphere to soil, where it can improve soil health and sequester carbon. She consults with farmers, private industry, and government agencies through her company Wilson Biochar Associates. She serves on the board of the US Biochar Initiative, works with several local groups in Oregon promoting sustainable forestry and agriculture, and presents many classes and workshops on small scale biochar production and use every year.

This webinar is eligible for (1) Continuing Education Credit from the Society of American Foresters and the International Society of Arboriculture. To receive credit, fill out the google form below and include your ID Number. We also verify your attendance to the live webinar before issuing credit.

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