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Workshop includes first-hand look at farm composting

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 12:27 p.m. CDT

DeKALB – University of Illinois Extension, in conjunction with Illinois State University Department of Agriculture and funding through a Conservation Innovation Grant from the Illinois Natural Resources Conservation Service, is offering an On-Farm Composting Workshop and Field Day.

The workshop will be conducted from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at DeKalb County Farm Bureau, 1350 W. Prairie Drive in Sycamore. A field tour at Art Bingham’s farm in Clare will be conducted after the workshop.

Livestock producers and horse stable operators looking for alternative manure management ideas should attend. Organic and local food growers will be able to increase their composting knowledge.

The morning workshop will provide information on the benefits of composting, the basics of making compost, Illinois EPA regulations related to composting, permits and local siting requirements, compost facility site development, uses for compost and quality control, and marketing of compost.

During the afternoon, participants will tour an actual composting operation and will hear practical information from experienced compost operators.

Workshop participants will receive information and materials on composting techniques.

Advance registration is $15 per person by Sept. 3. The cost to register in person at each workshop is $20 and walk-ins are welcome, but lunch will not be guaranteed.

The brochure and registration form are available at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo/localfoods.html.

For more information, call Ellen Phillips at 815-732-2191 or Bethany Macarus at 815-758-8194.

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