Digested Organics will be at the North American Manure Expo!

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!

Come Visit Us at the Wisconsin Farm Technology Days

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!

April showers bring May pollutants

Large flooding throughout the Midwest has caused a lot of waste management problems for farmers this year. Manure lagoons are overflowing and threatening the surrounding environments. According to the Department of Natural Resources, there have been a number of incidents this year in which manure runoff has entered local water sources. This kind of pollution threatens the natural life in the water sources as manure builds up algae, which suffocates fish and other wildlife.

Not only is this a threat to the environment, it also puts farmers at risk for the costs and clean up associated with this kind of pollution. If you or anyone you know of might be experiencing this type of problem, Digested Organics has a solution that is customized to fit your needs.

Our Ultrafiltration (UF) and Two-Step Reverse Osmosis (TSRO) systems can help filter waste into clean, reusable water and a compacted co-product that is much easier to transport and manage. Check out our Farms page to learn more. You can download a PDF overview of our NCWR System for manure concentration and water reclamation and/or a PDF overview of our Ultrafiltration System for phosphorus concentration and pathogen management of manure. Investing in this solution today could provide a long-term, cost-effective way to save the environment in the future.

Connecting the dots between Wisconsin Dairy and Water Quality

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

Filter Brewery Wastewater to Reduce Disposal Costs and Save Water

Brewery wastewater is not easily disposed of and can be a major operating expense. This dilute wastewater is mainly composed of water, grains, and fermentation by-products which can result in high surcharges when disposed of in the sewer system. For plants not connected to a sewer, the cost to haul wastewater to nearby processing locations can be steep.

Digested Organics specializes in organic waste management and provides customized solutions to help breweries take care of their wastewater. We offer a unique stainless steel ultrafiltration system, which can remove suspended solids, a fraction of the organic matter, and large fractions of the nitrogen and phosphorus. See the below data table for a brewery wastewater sample we recently put through the ultrafilter, along with the picture of the raw wastewater, filtrate, and concentrate.

 

For customers that want an even cleaner effluent, we use our Two-Step Reverse Osmosis System.  This is a combination of forward and reverse osmosis that produces very clean water that just has trace amounts of sodium–ideal for reuse onsite, direct or indirect discharge, or sewer disposal with little or no surcharges. Below is a representative data table as well as a picture showing the raw wastewater, the TSRO concentrate, and the clean water effluent.

 

 

Avoid Winter Manure Spreading with Advanced Filtration

During winter, manure is applied on accessible fields or parts of fields that are available depending on weather conditions. This is known as winter manure spreading. Winter manure spreading is a practice that is intensely scrutinized and regulated because of the high risk of polluting water sources and loss of nutrients. The risk of runoff to surface water increases when manure is applied to frozen or snow-covered ground, and this runoff can spread contaminants like phosphorus and nitrates.

Typically, the greatest risk of runoff and nutrient loss occurs within 72 hours of rain or snowmelt. With climate change causing more dramatic rain events, the risk of runoff and surface water contamination is only rising.

Luckily, you can potentially avoid winter manure spreading with customized filtration technology from Digested Organics. By removing liquid from your lagoon year-round, the chance of needing to spread manure in the winter due to a full lagoon is dramatically reduced.

Digested Organics deploys a stainless steel ultrafiltration system and Two-Step Reverse Osmosis system that can dramatically reduce the volume of liquid in your lagoon as well as help concentrate nutrients for more cost effective land application. When deployed together, we call this our Nutrient Concentration & Water Reclamation System. With these filtration solutions, you can:

  • Reduce manure hauling and spreading costs
  • Reduce the risk of manure hauling spills, road deterioration, and soil compaction
  • Prevent groundwater contamination and reduce odors
  • Manage nitrogen and phosphorus levels to allow farmers to expand operations
  • Customize a solution to meet your site’s specific needs

The systems built by Digested Organics can turn manure into clean, reusable water and concentrated fertilizer that is ready to be land applied when it makes the most sense for your crops and not when your lagoon is simply full .

Resources:

https://extension.psu.edu/the-dos-and-donts-of-winter-manure-spreading

Ultrafiltration Creates Milk Permeate used to Make Vodka

“Vodka distilled from an unwanted milk product is selling out within days of production,” according to Progressive Dairyman’s article entitled “Canadian Brewers Distill Vodka from Milk Permeate.” The article discusses the development of a new vodka product, called Vodkow, which is created using ultra-filtered milk, known as milk permeate.

Milk permeate is created by using an ultrafiltration system to remove the fat, cream, and proteins, leaving behind a liquid that is high in milk sugar or lactose. Yeast is then added to begin the quick fermentation process and ultimately create Vodkow.

In the article, Omid McDonald, founder of Dairy Distillery, describes Vodkow as a clear, sweet smelling liquid with the same heat as vodka but having an almost caramel aftertaste that makes is easy to sip.

The hope is that Vodkow is the start to a new development in the alcohol industry that could also create an additional revenue stream for the dairy industry.

Digested Organics offers a customized, stainless steel ultrafiltration system that distillers or dairy processing plants could use to create milk permeate. For more information on our solutions or to get a customized quotation, email info@digestedorganics.com today or call us at 844-934-4378.

 

Ultrafiltration Technology Helps Distilleries Manage Stillage

One of the biggest challenges in distilling is the disposal or treatment of stillage, the remaining mixture of grain and water after fermentation and distillation. With the growing production of spirits, distillers are faced with more and more stillage that can be costly to process and transport. While stillage contains grains that are useful as an animal feed, it is typically 94-97% water, so huge volumes have to be transported to deliver relatively few pounds of useful feed.

Digested Organics is a company that is committed to changing the way waste is managed. Our mission is to empower businesses to reclaim waste in a way that is more cost effective and eco-friendly. Our ultrafiltration technology solution for stillage can remove 65-90% of the liquid volume as “ultra-thin stillage”, which is ideal to reuse as backset with no fats/oil nor bacteria, and fewer organics. The remaining concentrate is typically 12-15% dry matter and rich in protein, making it more valuable as an animal feed and less costly to transport.  To learn more, visit: https://lnkd.in/edi8A_K #filtration

Digested Organics Helps Local Robotics Team Learn about Anaerobic Digestion

Digested Organics CEO, Robert Levine, recently helped the Hurricane Bots of Hutchings Elementary School in Howell, Michigan gain an advantage on their competition. The Hurricane Bots are trying to find a way to make a 3D printer filament out of digestate on a space station. Levine explained that anaerobic digestion may be helpful in the creation of the filament, and he went on to teach the students about anaerobic digestion more generally as part of this after school program . The team at Digested Organics is looking forward to seeing what the Hurricane Bots come up with and providing further support in the future. Go Hurricane Bots!

Digested Organics Prevents Manure Lagoon Overflows

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.