Registration for the 2018 Organics Summit is NOW OPEN

Early Bird Registration will end March 12th (Increase of $30 after March 12th). Click on the picture below to register.

The 4th Annual New York State Organics Summit will take place March 27th-28th , 2018 at Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel in Poughkeepsie, NY. This yearly event engages stakeholders from across the state in facilitative discussion aimed at developing creative solutions to barriers that restrict the sustainable management of organics materials (i.e. food scraps, yard waste, manure, etc.). The end goal is to significantly increase diversion of organics from landfills by increasing donation of edible food, and by increasing organics recycling through composting, anaerobic digestion, and other processes.

This year’s summit will focus on organic collection challenges from the generators perspective, large scale composting equipment, community composting, food recovery, residential food waste reduction and much more. Participating in the summit is an opportunity to connect with NYS material management processionals from a variety of sectors, and to develop innovative organics management strategies for your community.

For those looking to extend their summit experience, a hot lunch and tour of the Poughkeepsie Farm Project is available at the end of the second day as an additional add on package.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel at a discounted rate of $109 per night (plus applicable taxes). This reduced rate is available until the room block is full. To reserve a room, go to click Book A Room in the upper right hand corner. Click Book Your Room Now/Reservation Wizard. Fill our your information and enter promotional code ORGAN1. Available rooms are a king bed or two double beds. Room reservations include a full hot American style breakfast, wifi, parking, and a microwave & refrigerator.

If interested in vendor or sponsorship opportunities please email Kristine Ellsworth at

  • Vendor Booth – $400
  • Breakfast (2 opportunities available, 1 sponsor per breakfast) – $300
  • Refreshment Break (4 opportunities available, 1 sponsor per break) – $250
  • Tuesday Lunch (1 opportunity available) – $350
  • Tour (2 opportunities available) – $150

EPA Environmental Education Grants

Up to $3 M in funding now available for locally-focused environmental education grants
– EPA is pleased to announce that up to $3 million in funding for locally-focused environmental education grants will be available this week under the 2018 EE Local Grant Program.  EPA will award three to four grants in each of EPA’s ten Regions, for no less than $50,000 and no more than $100,000 each, for a total of 30-35 grants nationwide. Proposals are due March 15, 2018. The Requests for Proposals will be posted on later this week.

In addition to other environmental topics, the 2018 EE Local Grant Program includes support for projects that reflect the intersection of environmental issues and agricultural best-practices, conservation of natural resources, food waste management, and natural disaster preparedness.

Funded projects will increase public awareness of those topics and help participants to develop the skills needed to make informed decisions. A Request for Proposals (also called a Solicitation Notice) containing details will be issued by each of the ten EPA Regions.

“By recognizing these locally-based learning and awareness opportunities, the Environmental Protection Agency is taking both a local and national leadership role in promoting sound agricultural conservation practices, environmental disaster preparedness, adequate food waste management and other important environmental best-practices,” said Administrator Scott Pruitt. “Environmental education starts locally in our own backyards, classrooms and in the fields of farmers who work the land directly, and I’m proud to play a role in enhancing such learning opportunities.”

Through this grant program, EPA intends to provide financial support for projects that design, demonstrate; and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques, as described in this notice, that will serve to increase environmental and conservation literacy, and encourage behavior that will benefit the environment in the local community/ies in which they are located.

Since 1992, EPA has distributed between $2 million and $3.5 million in annual grant funding under this program, supporting more than 3700 grants.

Proposals are due by March 15, 2018. The full solicitation notices will be posted later this week at and at

Find background on the EE Grants Program and resources for applicants at

Invitation to present Papers and Posters

Catastrophic losses of poultry and livestock caused by disease, fire, or weather-related stresses, and routine losses associated with large-scale production operations, are significant environmental, bio-secure waste management concerns around the globe. The 6th International Symposium on Animal Mortality Management will highlight new research, current and emerging disposal methodologies, and critical assessments of public policy, with the intent to capture and disseminate new information on these topics, and to stimulate development of additional research, policy development, and educational programs. Papers and posters are being sought by the symposium committee. Papers will be presented in 20 minute chaired sessions with time for Q&A. Poster sessions will be scheduled separately from paper sessions.  Poster sessions will be scheduled separately (non-concurrently) from paper sessions in a relaxed atmosphere designed to maximize attendance and encourage participant interaction and exchange of ideas (poster presenters will be asked to attend their posters during the session). Please forward this message to those who may be interested in this opportunity and learn at

Who should present: Researchers, practitioners, livestock industry personnel, engineers, representatives of the meat packing industry, emergency response personnel and responders, policymakers, federal and state government stakeholders, Agriculture agency personnel, disposal policy subject matter whisperers, i.e. those that inform on and influence policy, influencing public perception and education of community members

What to present: Research, education efforts, case studies and lessons learned as well as new and emerging technologies will be presented within a session given one of these broad categories:

  • Mass mortality management (in response to natural disasters, disease outbreaks, heavy metal/nutrient toxicity contamination, radioactivity or other large-scale incident resulting in animal death.
    • Carcass treatment to enhance disposal
    • Use and (or) disposition of final products
    • Optimizing agricultural systems: universal management of multifaceted aspects related to routine mortality
    • Euthanasia, depopulation, transport, processing, disposition, cleaning, disinfection, environment
    • Regulation of disposal
    • Federal and state agency response and training experiences exercises
    • Practical SOP’s and field guides
  • Routine (normal and natural) mortality/carcass management
    • Carcass treatment to enhance disposal
    • Use and (or) disposition of final products
    • Optimizing agricultural systems: universal management of multifaceted aspects related to routine mortality
    • Euthanasia, transport, processing, disposition, cleaning, disinfection, environment
    • Regulation of disposal
    • Practical SOP’s and field guides
  • Health (animal and human risks; biosecurity measures)
    • Prevention
    • Plans for continuity of business
  • International issues: religious and societal considerations, regulatory constraints, health education programs, cross-border movement controls, acceptability of depopulation methods
  • Federal and state agency response and training experiences exercises
  • Post-farm food production system losses
    • Disposal options
      • Recalls, systems disruptions
    • Treatment
    • Use and (or) disposition of final products
  • Education of the public

 To Submit Your Presentation for Consideration

  1. Fill out the online submission form.  You will receive an email acknowledging your submission.
  2. Presentation proposal deadline: 11:59 p.m., January 15, 2018
  3. The program or poster committee chair will notify you regarding acceptance by 2-weeks after the submission deadline. Papers and posters submitted for the purpose of marketing products or services will not be accepted.  Equipment manufacturers and service providers are welcome and encouraged to participate in the symposium vendor/exhibitor area and/or on demonstration day.
  4. Completed papers and posters must be submitted to the program committee in Adobe PDF format no later than May 1, 2018.  A link to the paper and poster submission form will appear here on February 15, 2018.

Compost Use for Improved Soil – Poster Series

These posters describe how compost can be used in different applications to improve the chemical, physical, and biological characteristics of soils. There are multiple uses for compost including use in agricultural production; on athletic fields; in gardening; for turf establishment and/or maintenance; in landscaping and tree planting; and in nurseries. Compost is a perfect medium for reclamation and remediation; for slope stabilization, erosion control and storm water management; and for roadsides, street trees and medians. Compost made in urban environments can and should be used locally to revitalize the urban environment. Please make use of these posters in your educational programs concerning compost use.

Poster files are sized to be 32” wide by 40” high when printed as a full size poster.

Compost Operations Training Course

The US Composting Council Research and Education Foundation (CCREF) is offers Compost Operations Training Courses

July 24-28, 2017 in Brooklyn, NY, September 11-15, 2017 in Raleigh, NC, and October 30-November 3, 2017 in Fort Collins, CO.

For more information, click here.

Waste Management at the Processing Plant – webinar

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.