A workshop and tour to learn about making renewable energy from livestock manure by using anaerobic digesters will be held February 16 in the Amana Colonies in eastern Iowa.
Iowa State University Extension and the Amana Farms Renewable Energy Center have rescheduled the education outreach program "On-Farm Anaerobic Digestion: Considering the Options." Originally scheduled for this past December, the information session and tour will be held Tuesday, February 16, 2010 in the Amana Colonies at the Iowa Artists Theatre Company.
Three hour program, followed by a tour of a working digester
The three-hour program, which will begin at 9 a.m., will be followed by an afternoon tour of the digester at the Renewable Energy Center on one of the Amana Farms. Topics covered during the event include information on the Amana Farms beef manure digester, feasibility considerations for on-farm manure digesters, manure digester opportunities in Iowa and digester methane production for capturing carbon credits.
The program includes speakers from ISU, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Amana Farms. Robert Burns, ISU Extension ag engineer, will help attendees decide whether a manure digester is right for their farm.
More information, and registration is available online
Pre-registration for the educational program is not required, although a registration slip available online can be completed in advance and brought to the event with the $25 registration fee. Lunch is on your own. The registration form and full agenda are available at www.abe.iastate.edu/wastemgmt/amana-program.html. For more information, contact Lara Moody, ISU Extension ag engineer at [email protected], (515) 294-7355 or John McGrath of Amana Farms at [email protected], (319) 622-7557. Funds from the Iowa Office of Energy Independence have helped make this program possible.