2012 Midwest Composting School Scheduled for July 24-26

NEVADA, Iowa—The 2012 Midwest Composting School will be held July 24-26 and promises to be an intensive three-day program. This year’s school will provide training in the science of composting; handling challenging feedstocks, specifically food waste; enhancing compost quality and use; using compost in construction projects; understanding compost sampling; environmental regulations; and effective management of the composting process. All three days includes a combination of hands-on training, lecture, discussion and problem solving.

Kapil Arora, agricultural engineer with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, is the school coordinator. “Participants will receive hands-on experiences and hear from composting facility managers and other experts about techniques that will give them a competitive edge.”

The school will be held on July 24-26 at the Iowa State Dairy Farm and Iowa State University Composting Facility. The 2012 Midwest Composting School is a collaborative effort between Iowa State University, Illinois State University, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin, and Texas A&M University. The 2012 School is funded, in part, by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources SWAP Program.

The early registration fee is $395 and must be made prior to midnight, July 10. Late registration fee is $445. Registrations must be made prior to July 17; registrations will not be accepted at the school. Enrollment is limited to 40 participants. Online registration, directions and program details are available at www.aep.iastate.edu/compost.