AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host the 2023 Midwest Compost School on June 20-22 at the Iowa State Dairy Farm and Composting Facility near Ames.
This is a specialized, three-day course for compost facility operators and composting professionals. Topics covered include feedstock selection, recipe development, operations, analysis, monitoring, odor and runoff management, and marketing strategies. An emphasis is on food residuals composting. Each day includes a combination of hands-on training, lecture, discussion and problem solving.
“Participants will receive hands-on experiences and hear from composting facility managers and other experts about techniques that will give them a competitive edge,” said Kapil Arora, agricultural engineer with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the course coordinator.
The program is approved by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for compost facility operator certification as specified under the Iowa Administrative Code.
The school features instructors from Iowa State University, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin and Illinois State University and is presented in collaboration with the Iowa Composting Council and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
Early registration is $450 and must be made prior to midnight, June 9. Late registration is $475 and the registration deadline is midnight, June 14. Pre-registration is required and space is limited for this program. Registration includes course materials and meals listed on the program. For additional information and to register online, visit www.aep.iastate.edu/compost.
Shareable photo: Composting school at the Iowa State University Dairy Farm.