Stop by and see us at the North American Manure Expo in Fair Oaks, Indiana from July 31st to August 1st! We are excited to showcase our different solutions to help YOU reclaim waste. Be sure to check out our Ultrafiltration and Two-Step Reverse Osmosis solutions, which can help turn waste into clean, reusable water at your farm. Please stop by to learn more and collect some fun swag!
Digested Organics will be showcasing our capabilities and solutions at the Wisconsin Farm Tech Days Conference at Walter Grain Farms in Johnson Creek, WI from July 23 to 25. We are excited to share more about our Ultrafiltration and Two-Step Reverse Osmosis solutions to help you reclaim waste and clean water at your farm. Please stop by to learn more and collect some fun swag!
The Dairy Industry wants to be heard and involved in the inevitable tightening of regulations, which is the purpose of “Dairy Day at the Capitol,” sponsored by the Dairy Business Association. Digested Organics was invited to be a part of this full program of presentations and meetings with state legislators, at the highest level, to discuss issues and solutions to dairy sustainability.
Wisconsin Agriculture is an $88 Billion industry and dairy makes up $43 Billion of that total, so it makes sense for all stakeholders to understand the complexity of today’s dairy farming, global warming, and urban growth as a potential perfect storm for water quality, if not addressed effectively. Solutions, like ours at Digested Organics, are becoming the focus of those that are looking for solid, measurable reductions in nutrient loading into various watersheds.
The day began with addresses from newly elected Democratic Governor Tony Evers as well as newly appointed Ag Secretary Brad Pfaff, both of which voiced support for the Dairy Industry and budgeted financial support for farmer-led programming, research, and nutrient trading. Panel discussions followed with Q&A from various legislators from areas around the state that are heavy in agriculture. The afternoon was filled with meetings with state legislators and a chance for us to lobby for the programs we feel most beneficial to the industry, while protecting water quality.
As a representative for Digested Organics, I was teamed with Tom Crave, President of Dairy Business Association and a prominent dairyman in our state. We were joined by John Haeckel and Jessica Niekrasz, principles for Clean Fuel Partners, which operates several large anaerobic digester plants in Wisconsin, among others. It was very interesting to hear what matters most to each of these different entities – and the common denominator was water volume. We heard definitive support for services that can help farmers better manage manure.
The most intriguing program that has bi-partisan support is for a nutrient trading clearinghouse, which would be a third-party managed marketplace for nutrient credits that farmers have earned through permanent and verifiable changes to nutrient loading in large watersheds. This will enable farms to offset some of the costs of new technologies to manage their waste. Wisconsin will be first in the country. Financial support from USDA and EPA is being pulled together to help offset upfront costs. All of this should be coming together this summer – stay tuned.
2019 is the “Year of Water” in Wisconsin and we are excited about the unanimous support and common interest in engineered solutions.
Article Contributed by Don Heilman
This fall, Hurricane Florence’s rains flooded a large area of North Carolina that included many hog farms, causing overflows of the manure lagoons. These overflows raised serious concerns around pollution and questions about the best way to deal with hog manure.
Situations like this could be prevented in the future with the use of Digested Organics’ waste management solutions. Our customized stainless steel ultrafiltration systems can turn manure into a filtrate with little to no suspended solids, bacteria, and phosphorus, while simultaneously creating a high value concentrated fertilizer for more targeted land application. For sites that want to remove water from lagoons and directly discharge it to nearby waterways, we use our Two-Step Reverse Osmosis System to polish the UF permeate, creating crystal clear water for discharge (or reuse) and a second concentrated fertilizer. Used together, we call our integrated filtration package the Nutrient Concentration & Water Reclamation System.
Digested Organics’ products are customized to the farmer’s needs and have proven to be better for the bottom line and better for the environment. Give us a call at 844-934-4378 to learn how we can help you improve lagoon and manure management today.
Digested Organics was recently awarded a $45,000 grant to study manure and digestate ultrafiltration in Vermont as part of the Vermont Phosphorus Innovation Challenge (VPIC). We will be deploying a mobile pilot-scale ultrafiltration system to show how we can concentrate the phosphorus in dairy manure (or digested manure) into about 20% of the initial volume, thereby making it possible to transport to nearby composting operations for creation of value-added soil amendments that can be exported from the watershed. For more information, please see this presentation and check back here soon for more updates.
A video of the recent press conference is available via Facebook or can be viewed here:
Vermont Phosphorus Innovation Challenge winners announced. #VT #ThinkVT
Posted by Vermont Agency of Agriculture on Friday, October 5, 2018
We are excited to be presenting at Dairy Strong 2018 at the Innovation Stage.
Our presentation will be on Wednesday January 17th at 3:00 PM:
Nutrient concentration and water reclamation systems and the dairy farm’s ‘triple bottom line’
The event is being held at the Monona Terrace Convention Center.
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
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.
Read the full story here:
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.