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!

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

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.

Filtering Thin Stillage Beats Evaporation

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Are you evaporating thin stillage? We can filter it instead at a fraction of the cost! Our stainless steel ultrafilter recovered ~75% of this thin stillage as a clarified filtrate with no suspended solids and significantly reduced nutrient content.

Key benefits:

  • UF permeate is ideal to reuse as backset since it contains no oils, no bacteria, and fewer volatile acids
  • Increases the amount of thin stillage usable as backset
  • UF concentrate is a higher solids slurry for incorporation into DDGS and reduces energy required for evaporation
  • May increase efficiency of corn oil recovery by reducing oil recycled in raw thin stillage to fermenters

Download the Ultrafiltration for Thin Stillage Technical Brief to learn more!

Digested Organics Moves into New Headquarters!

We are pleased to announce we have moved into a new facility to expand our manufacturing and pilot testing capabilities, analytical lab, and office space. Our new address is:

Digested Organics
23745 Research Dr.
Farmington Hills, MI 48335

Please stop by and see us!

Construction Underway at Majestic Meadows!

Construction continues at Majestic Meadows Dairy!  We look forward to hosting visitors the first week of October for the World Dairy Expo!  Please contact Chris Maloney at chris.maloney@digestedorganics.com if you’re interested in a tour.

Digested Organics partners with Gryphon Environmental to deliver cost-effective drying solutions

Digested Organics is pleased to announce a partnership with Gryphon Environmental to supply high-efficiency dryers for farmers looking to reuse manure solids as bedding or produce dry feeds.  By using the biogas generated by the BioEliminator™ manure treatment system, a Gryphon Dryer can create significant value for farmers looking to bed with dryer solids (good for reducing somatic cell counts) or produce their own dry feeds from wet materials like gluten or distillers grains.

Digested Organics selected the Gryphon Dryer because its performance is the best in the industry, with a 40% improvement in both operating costs and capital costs over competing technologies.

The Gryphon Dryer injects compressed, heated air into a vacuum that acts to simultaneously evaporate and physically remove water from wet materials.  The dryer operates with a closed-loop air system, meaning the air used during the process is dried and re-circulated to take advantage of existing heat and to reduce energy consumption.  The condensate water can be released to the farm’s lagoon or optionally purified for reuse.

For more information about how Digested Organics can integrate its cutting-edge digestion technology with a Gryphon Dryer, please call us today (844-9-DIGEST) or email at info@digestedorganics.com

Don Heilman joins the Digested Organics Team

We welcome Don Heilman to our team as a Development Consultant.  Don is based in Middleton, Wisconsin and will work to develop projects and partnerships across Wisconsin as we look expand our operations in 2015.  Don has many years of experience working throughout several of the sensitive watersheds in Wisconsin, and he brings a wealth of knowledge to our efforts to treat dairy manure and help farmers more effectively manage nutrients through onsite treatment.

(Photo credit: Mike DeVries/ The Capital Times)