Please make use of these posters to enhance compost use:
Click here for recorded 70-minute webinar.
Managing, treating and removing solid waste and wastewater often comes at a significant cost for small-scale meat processing facilities. For those new to meat processing, or those looking for new ideas for their plant, this webinar will provide a general overview on waste management for both solid waste and wastewater. Wastewater management, basic systems and pre-treatment options, and regulations will be discussed along with solid waste streams (things like manure, bones, trim, etc.) and solutions for dealing with those various waste streams.
A Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network webinar
Speakers: Thomas M. Bass of Montana State University Extension, Jean Bonhotal of Cornell Waste Management Institute and Brian H. Kiepper of University of Georgia.
Paper published in the Proceedings in the 5th International Symposium: Managing Animal Mortalities, Products, By-Products and Associated Health Risk. September 25-October 1, 2015.
Published in Water, Air, & Soil Pollution (2015) 226: 265. Click here.
Jean Bonhotal was awarded the distinguished Rufus Chaney Award by the US Composting Council at the USCC Annual Conference and Trade Show in January 2015 in Austin, TX. The award goes to recipients who excel in research and education over a period of many years. Jean has dedicated her career at the Cornell Waste Management Institute to research and technical assistance to a range of audiences, including youth, college students, extension, farmers and solid waste managers.
Paper authored by Jean Bonhotal, Mary Schwarz and Robert Rynk. Read more.
The Healthy Soils, Healthy Communities project published two articles in Environment Pollution: a study of metals contamination in NYC community garden soils and a study of metals concentrations in urban garden-grown vegetables
A two-part series “Livestock Mortality Composting: Beyond the Basics” sponsored by Livestock and Poultry Environmental (LPE) Learning Center and can be viewed at: Part 1 and Part 2. Part 1 covers: pile characteristics for effective composting, management and environmental considerations when siting and managing composting facilities, and mortality compost nutrients for on-farm use. Part 2 covers: drug and prion persistence in piles, worker safety, and mortality composting resources.
On today’s farms, plastic is as ubiquitous as dirt. From plastic film that wraps silage to leftover pesticide containers to the thin trays that hold seedlings, plastic plays an important role. But in the dark world of agricultural plastic afterlife, the primary destination has been either burning or landfill. Read the full Cornell Chronicle article.
Paper by Mary Schwarz, Jean Bonhotal, Karyn Bischoff and Joseph Ebel published in Trends in Animal & Veterinary Sciences Journal 4(1):1-12, 2013.