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On-Farm Composting Workshop Deadline Sept 3

On-Farm Composting Workshop

Date and Time:

September 10, 2013
8:30 AM - 2:30 PM


DeKalb County Center for Agriculture
1350 W. Prairie Drive
Sycamore, IL 60178


Livestock producers looking for alternative manure management ideas, horse stable operators, organic and local food growers, municipality administrators, media, and others interested in composting.

Composting provides many benefits, including:

  • lessening the potential for groundwater and surface water contamination
  • improving soil quality
  • an alternative to inorganic fertilizer
  • decreased manure odor
  • alternative income through sale of compost and tipping fees

At the workshop, you will learn:

  • the benefits of composting
  • Illinois IEPA regulations related to composting
  • permitting and local siting requirements
  • composting basics
  • uses for compost

Participants will tour an actual composting operation and hear practical information from experienced composters.


8:30 AM - Welcome

8:40 AM - The Art & Science of Composting

9:10 AM - Composting Facility Site Development

9:40 AM - Permitting: What is Required, Who's Exempt

10:10 AM - BREAK

10:30 AM - Facility Operation Management

11:00 AM - Compost Use & Quality Control

11:30 AM - Marketing Compost

12:00 PM - LUNCH (Provided with advance registration)

1:00 PM - Facility Tour
* Compost Windrow Inspection
* Measuring Temperature and CO2
* Record Keeping


Walk-ins are welcome but lunch will not be guaranteed for walk-ins. Advance registration (required by Tuesday, September 3) is $15 per person. Registration at the workshop is $20 per person.

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