Kansas Composting Operators' School, Sept. 14-15 in Manhattan
The Kansas Composting Operators’ School provides hands-on training in municipal, agricultural, and commercial large-scale composting for operators and managers of compost facilities who want to gain knowledge and experience in composting. The school will take place on September 14-15 at the KSU Agronomy Education Center at the North Agronomy Farm (2200 Kimball Ave) in Manhattan.
The program includes classroom and laboratory instruction along with field activities. Field activities will include a demonstration of composting equipment such as a turner, and collection of compost samples for testing for maturity as well as chemical and physical properties.
Instructors for this year will be DeAnn Presley, K-State Agronomy Department and Emery Wiens, Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
Training topics will include:
- Composting science and methods
- Compost biology
- Compost feedstocks
- Food waste composting
- Determining compost mixes
- Permit and legal requirements
- Site design and maintenance
- Compost equipment
- Windrow construction and aeration
- Compost moisture
- Field and laboratory monitoring
- Learn to measure moisture, temperature, pH, soluble salts, maturity, and interpreting lab data
- Compost quality and use
- Methods of composting: static vs. active
Registration is due by September 5 and class size is limited to 20 people. The registration fee ($225) will include lunches, breaks, and training materials. Participants are responsible for travel and lodging. Payment (payable to KSU Agronomy) must accompany registration. Mail to: Extension Agronomy, 2014 Throckmorton Plant Sciences Center, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506. Online registration is available for credit card payment (additional fees apply): https://bit.ly/CompostSchool22
DeAnn Presley, Soil Management Specialist