Extension News

Farm Anaerobic Digestion Information and Tour the Focus of Extension Event

11/18/2009

AMES, Iowa---The Amana Farms Renewable Energy Center and Iowa State University Extension will be hosting a program, “On-Farm Anaerobic Digestion: Considering the Options,” Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, in the Amana Colonies at the Iowa Artists Theatre Co.  Livestock producers will benefit from this program geared toward finding answers for their farm.

The three-hour program, which will begin at 9 a.m., will be followed by an afternoon digester tour at the Renewable Energy Center. Topics covered during the event include information on the Amana Farms beef manure digester, feasibility considerations for on-farm manure digesters, manure digester opportunities in Iowa and digester methane production for carbon credits.

The program includes speakers from Iowa State University, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Amana Farms. Robert Burns, Iowa State University Extension agricultural engineering specialist, will help attendees decide whether a manure digester is right for their farm.

Pre-registration for the educational program is not required, although a registration slip available online can be completed in advance and brought to the event with the $25 registration fee. Lunch is on your own. The registration form and full agenda are available at www.abe.iastate.edu/wastemgmt/amana-program.html. For additional information, contact Lara Moody, ISU Extension agricultural engineering specialist, at lmoody@iastate.edu, (515)294-7355 or John McGrath of Amana Farms at jmcgrath@amanas.net, (319) 622-7557.

Funds from the Iowa Office of Energy Independence have helped make this program possible.

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Contacts :

Lara Moody, Ag & Biosystems Engineering, (515) 294-7355, lmoody@iastate.edu

Willy Klein, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0662, wklein@iastate.edu