“Cleaning up manure”–Digested Organics featured in Wisconsin State Farmer

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:

http://www.wisfarmer.com/story/news/state/2016/11/29/cleaning-up-manure/94553870/

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Governor Walker Addresses Water Quality in Kewaunee County

Governor Walker Addresses Water Quality in Kewaunee County

Thursday, November 17, 2016 – Press Release

https://walker.wi.gov/press-releases/governor-walker-addresses-water-quality-kewaunee-county

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.

 

Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) to Showcase Majestic Crossing Dairy

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.

Advanced registration is required for processing.  Please complete and submit your registration by Mon., Nov. 7.  For more information call PDPW at 800-947-7379 or review the program flyer.

 

Digested Organics joins Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin

Digested Organics is proud to be a new member of the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin. Since 1992, this world class organization of producers, dairy professionals, and other stakeholders from across the nation and beyond has been one of the leading advocates addressing critical industry issues. We look forward to lending our voice to this organization as we try to help the industry find economic and environmentally sustainable solutions to the challenges of manure management.

Thanks for visiting at Farm Breakfast 2016!

There was a wonderful crowd and lots of curious visitors at the Sheboygan County “Breakfast on the Farm” this year.  Thanks to the Strauss family for making their farm available for this great event!

And a nice collage put together by the County:

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Thanks for joining DBA’s Tour of the IMMS at Majestic Crossing!

On February 23, Digested Organics and Majestic Crossing Dairy hosted WI Dairy Business Association staff and regional members at the farm where they were able to see our Integrated Manure Management System in operation. Chris Maloney, Digested Organic’s COO, led the tour and a Q&A session at the subsequent members luncheon, answering questions and discussing the broader manure management challenges facing the dairy industry today.
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DBA to Tour IMMS at Majestic Crossing Dairy Feb. 23rd!

Please join regional members of the Dairy Business Association for a complimentary lunch, policy updates, informative tours, presentations and networking on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 (10am-2pm) in Sheboygan Falls, WI.
Starting at 10:30am, COO Chris Maloney will be providing DBA staff and members with a tour of the Integrated Manure Management System (IMMS) at Majestic Crossing Dairy (N5854 Meadowlark Road, Sheboygan Falls, WI 53085). We look forward to seeing you there.
For more information, download the itinerary.
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“Task force moves forward on groundwater issues”

We are proud to be part of the effort to improve groundwater quality in Kewanuee County, Wisconsin.  You can read more about this here:

http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/local/kewaunee-county/2015/12/03/task-force-moves-forward-groundwater-issues/76685690/

 

 

Processing of manure on the farm? It is here, it is now!

Ron Heuer just posted this to his blog….

Time and time again I have heard from the local Kewaunee County environmentalists, “it will be years and years before we have efficient manure processing technology that will make any difference in our County.”  Well, I am happy to report that, once again, they are incorrect.  It won’t be years before our local CAFOs are running fully integrated manure processing systems that can concentrate nutrients and remove up to 65% of the water.

On November 5th, a number of Kewaunee County Board Supervisors attended a tour of Digested Organics (DO) fully integrated manure processing installation at Majestic Crossing Dairy in Sheboygan Falls.  Supervisors, Bob Weidner, Tom Romdenne, Ron Paider, Ron Heuer and John Mastilar, were among a group of about 30 people to take a tour of this new manure processing system. Joining them were other guests from around the State including Agriculture Secretary Ben Brancel and his Section Chief Sara Walling, representatives from 4 counties as well as numerous dairies including several Kewaunee County CAFOs (Ducats, Pagel’s and Ebert’s).

Digested Organics began building the Majestic Crossing IMMS in late July and it is now running. The Majestic Crossing Dairy Integrated Manure Management System (IMMS) is designed to process 20,000 gallons of raw manure per day -this installation is sized for the dairy’s 650 cows. The system has an integrated high efficiency digester (90% organic solids conversion to biogas and approx. 70% methane content) combined with a nutrient concentration/water reclamation system that takes the digestate from the digester and concentrates the key nutrients into roughly 35% of the volume, reclaiming the balance of 65% as reusable water.

While the digester is still under construction (expected to producing biogas bay the end of the month), we witnessed their system process raw manure, pressed through 2 screw presses. During the tour, DO processed this effluent, which is even more difficult to process than digestate with ease, producing concentrate from the effluent and water that was drinkable!

After 2 successful pilot programs in Michigan and Wisconsin, the IMMS was officially launched during this years World Dairy Expo week. It is simple, highly automated and designed to operate virtually round the clock. Modular and scalable, DO’s COO Chris Maloney says DO based its design philosophy on improving operational optionality and flexibility, reducing volume in hauling and spreading and lowering those costs. He further stated that DO focuses it’s philosophy around the 3 cornerstones in manure management; 1)Efficient harvesting of the energy, 2) Separating and concentrating the nutrients for crops and 3) Reclaiming the water with high enough quality for the animals to drink, suitable (and permitable) for discharge into a nearby waterway) and/or used for flushing, washing or cooling on the farm.

So here is how it works.  Manure is scraped in to a pit and then pumped to screw presses where the coarse solids are separated and dropped into a retaining area. Currently, Majestic Crossing is land applying the solids but may decide to dry them and reuse as bedding in the future. The liquid effluent from the presses is then processed by DO’s proprietary BioMicronizer™ Solids Disintegration System.  Fine solids are “exploded” through a high pressure device, creating a homogeneous feedstock with a dramatic increase in surface area and reduced particle size—the ideal combination for faster anaerobic digestion.  This effluent is also dosed with a custom-formulated additive called BioSupport™, which provides trace minerals and bio-activators that accelerate the digestion process.  The disintegrated liquids then enter the BioEliminator™, a patent-pending digester that utilizes internal bio-media to house and retain microbes for faster digestion and cleaner biogas.  The digester is 100,000 gallons (5-day residence time) and runs year round at a constant 100°F.  After the BioEliminator, the digested manure (digestate) goes through a Nutrient Concentration & Water Reclamation System™ (NCWR) to produce concentrated liquid fertilizer and clean water for reuse or discharge.  This patent-pending system utilizes advanced ultrafiltration (UF) and reverse osmosis (RO) technologies, along with a unique combination of polishing steps, to produce high quality water for reuse.

So, how clean is the water coming out of this system?  Very clean and we all drank it, in fact, Secretary of Agriculture Ben Brancel was one of the first to line up for a drink!

From L to R in the background, Supervisor John Mastilar, Chris Maloney, Digested Organics COO, Secretary Ben Brancel and Bobby Levine, CEO of Digested Organics.

From L to R in the background, Supervisor John Mastilar, Chris Maloney, Digested Organics COO, Secretary Ben Brancel and Bobby Levine, CEO of Digested Organics.

So, the metrics that DO represented to us at last winters board meeting are being met today at Majestic Crossing Dairy. 65% water recovery and clean enough that it can be discharged.  Think of what this could mean to our county.  We have in excess of 600 million gallons of liquid manure in our Kewaunee. What if we could process 400 million gallons of that manure and remove 65% of the water before it is transported to the fields for application? That would be the equivalent of approximately 48,000 tanker truck loads that would not have to run down the highways and a reduction of 260 million gallons of liquid that would not go on the fields.

This can be achieved and the technology exists today! Our farmers understand that it is imperative we reduce the number of gallons of liquid manure going out on our fields. The time for action is now…and, this can be done in fairly short order, it will not take years.

Stand by, more information to come soon…………………………

“Board Chairman Eyes Possibility Of Digesters In Kewaunee County”

See the news reported by Door County Daily News about how the County wants to support digesters and Integrated Manure Management practices like those Digested Organics can offer:

http://www.doorcountydailynews.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=28&id=195798#.VkSL0PmrQU1