For Immediate Release
Media Contacts: Becky Huttenga | Program Development | [email protected] | 616-994-4745
Doug Huesdash | Business Development | [email protected] | 616-994-4745
ACRE AgTech welcomed Digested Organics LLC as a new client on May 15, 2017. Digested Organics provides the agribusiness sector with sustainable waste management, alternative energy, and water reclamation solutions. ACRE AgTech will use its resources to connect Digested Organics with agricultural and food processing operations that can benefit from their product line.
Digested Organics, an Ann Arbor based company, was founded in 2013 with the goal of improving the way society manages organic waste. Simply put, their system can take all different kinds of organic waste— manure, vegetable scraps, beverage waste—and digest it into a fiber component, a nutrient component, and a reusable water component. Initially targeting food waste from grocery stores and food processors as well as solids from municipal wastewater treatment systems, owner Bobby Levine soon saw the tremendous opportunity to help dairy and swine operations manage their manure and nutrients more effectively.
With 425,000 dairy cows and 2,000 swine farms in the State of Michigan, Levine began looking for ways to connect with those producers and reached out to ACRE AgTech for assistance.
ACRE’s Business Development Manager, Doug Huesdash, got to know Levine, his team, and their products in order to determine how ACRE’s services could benefit their organization. It soon became clear that this would be a mutually beneficial relationship. Levine commented “The ACRE team has been responsive to our needs before and since becoming a client. They helped us secure a Michigan based sales representative almost immediately as well as several new customer contacts. We value the connections and business expertise they have and look forward to continuing to work with ACRE to reach our goals.” ACRE will continue working alongside Levine and his team to help them achieve their business goals while helping producers and food processors solve their waste and nutrient management issues.
Digested Organics has successfully installed their technology onsite at Majestic Crossing Dairy, a dairy farm in Wisconsin. As a result of using Digested Organics’ technology on their farm, Majestic Dairy is able to process their 20,000 gallons of manure per day into clean water for farm use and surface water discharge, while at the same time harvesting energy through biogas generation. The water that is produced from the manure is so clean that Majestic Dairy has obtained a surface water discharge permit from the DNR, a permit that has stringent requirements.
Digested Organics will be onsite at Michigan State University’s Anaerobic Digestion Research and Education Center through June 23 demonstrating how their technology functions by running test samples from food processors, farmers with manure management issues, and anyone with wastewater challenges. For more information about Digested Organics LLC or if you are interested in providing a sample, please contact Dan Morton, their sales representative, at 616-437-3294 or visit their website at www.digestedorganics.com.
ACRE AgTech, formerly the Great Lakes Ag-Tech Business Incubator, has been providing connections and resources to agtech entrepreneurs in Ottawa County and across Michigan since December, 2014. For more information about ACRE AgTech, please visit our website, www.acreagtech.com, or contact us at 616994-4745 or [email protected].
In addition to providing farms with cutting-edge technology to reclaim water, produce organic-certifiable fertilizers, and reduce manure handling costs, Digested Organics recently complete a trial with landfill leachate. For landfills that are currently hauling leachate and experiencing high costs for disposal, our ultrafiltration platform can provide a robust and cost-effective solution to reduce suspended solids, BOD and COD, color/turbidity, and metals. Download a more thorough testing report here.
Leachate, UF Permeate, and RO Permeate
We have wrapped up our testing with swine manure in Mercer County and are pleased to report that our unique ultrafiltration system can remove 94-97% of the phosphorus in swine manure.
For a complete analysis, click here to download the final report.
To our knowledge, Majestic Crossing Dairy just became the only dairy farm in the State of Wisconsin (and maybe the country) to be granted a Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (PDES) permit for a manure treatment system that produces clean water. We are grateful to the DNR and EPA for their hard work in making this possible and we look forward to demonstrating to the dairy industry that it is indeed possible to economically treat manure to produce discharge-quality water.
After working with dairy manure for the last several years, Digested Organics will launch its first pilot with swine manure in collaboration with Mercer County, Ohio next week. Ag Solutions Coordinator Theresa Dirksen helped coordinate plans for the pilot, which will primarily investigate how the ultrafilration (UF) technology we employ can remove phosphorus from swine manure. As shown in the graph below, UF typically removes 97+% of phosphorus from dairy manure and we expect similar performance with swine manure. Normally about 90 gallons of liquid (called UF permeate) with less than 0.2 lbs/1000 gal phosphorus is created for every 100 gallons of manure filtered.
To learn more, read the full article here:
A reporter with the Wisconsin State Farmer recently covered the PDPW Tour of our Integrated Manure Management System at Majestic Crossing Dairy in Sheboygan Falls, WI.
Some highlights from the article include:
“We had been looking at manure treatment systems for years, but we just couldn’t get comfortable with either the technology or the costs involved,” Strauss said. “This seemed like the right fit for our farm. We like the fact that it’s highly automated, has a small footprint and is environmentally sustainable — something that is important to us and to our community”. Strauss said by removing the water they are able to save a lot of money and wear and tear on roads by not hauling water with the nutrients to their fields.
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Governor Walker Addresses Water Quality in Kewaunee County
Thursday, November 17, 2016 – Press Release
Kewaunee – Governor Scott Walker announced he has requested the Public Service Commission (PSC), Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP), and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to coordinate resources and draft a Request for Proposal that aligns digester technology to all sizes of dairy farms in environmentally sensitive areas of Wisconsin. The goal of this effort is to alleviate water quality concerns in these areas. Governor Walker made the announcement at the Heritage Farm Site in Kewaunee today to address nutrient management and water quality challenges in Kewaunee County. “Water quality is a top priority for us,” Governor Walker said. “This joint effort is important progress, and we will continue working toward a sustainable solution to ensure our natural resources remain viable for generations to come.”
The state is already addressing recommendations made by the Kewaunee Groundwater Collaboration Workgroup and this joint initiative will be a key step in the effort to make sure Wisconsin’s water resources are safe and healthy for the citizens of the state.
Anaerobic digesters are an innovative approach to addressing groundwater quality issues. When properly scaled and applied, digesters can reduce agricultural runoff and groundwater issues, spur economic development in rural communities, and create a renewable source of energy production in the form of biogas.
The PSC, DATCP, and DNR will work together to make recommendations by December 1, 2016 that propose a tangible private sector response linking the application of digester technology to environmentally-sensitive areas of Wisconsin, specifically areas with high concentrations of dairy cattle. A Request for Proposal laying the groundwork for actionable items should be ready to release publicly in January.
The Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) will showcase six cutting-edge dairies through the PDPW Nutrient Innovation & Dairy Technology Tours, Wednesday, Nov. 9 and Thursday, Nov. 10. We are proud that our Integrated Manure Management System (IMMS) at Majestic Crossing Dairy is one of the tour stops this year!
The chartered bus tour will depart at 9 a.m. and return at 4:30 p.m. each day from Fox Valley Technical College in Chilton. Fellow dairy farmers looking to grow their business or increase environmental or on-farm management efficiencies will see firsthand the latest innovations and technologies the industry has to offer.