Manure Manager July/August 2017 : Page 6
INDUSTRY NEWS manuremanager.com Kansas company recognized in Biotech Showcase A Kansas company in the midst of developing a system that will convert manure into useful products has been recognized with an entrepreneurial showcase award. PrairieChar was recently awarded $10,000 and $3,500 worth of legal and financial advice at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center’s 2017 Ag Biotech Entrepreneurial Showcase. The company is currently working to engineer a scalable, cost-efficient machine capable of turning cattle manure into two sterile products – an organic fertilizer and a sustainable, renewable coal substitute. The machine is the size of a cargo container and can be placed next to the manure pile, creating the opportunity to eliminate transportation requirements, emissions and remove soil and water hazards. CALIFORNIA DAIRY ISSUED $75,600 PENALTY The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board (CVRWQCB) has issued a penalty of $75,600 against a Visalia-area dairy for failing to file its 2015 annual report on the impacts of its dairy operations on water quality. The board also adopted a cease and desist order against the operation for failure to comply with requirements set forth in the Dairy General Order. The cease and desist order requires the owners to resume compliance with all the requirements of the Dairy General Order or face the possibility of additional civil penalties and/or judicial enforcement from the California Office of the Attorney General. “Fully complying with all requirements of the Dairy General Order is needed to protect water quality,” said Clay Rodgers, assistant executive officer for the Central Valley Water Board. “Annual reports are a vital component of the Dairy General Order because they inform the board about manure handling activities at dairies, and nutrient management planning on dairy cropland.” According to the CVRWQCB, the owners of the dairy have failed to file annual reports since 2009. Further site inspections have determined the owners have failed to implement many other requirements of the Dairy General Order. The Dairy General Order requires dairies to handle waste in ways that preserve and protect water quality. The order contains a number of requirements, including standards for manure and dairy wastewater storage, and criteria for the application of manure and dairy wastewater to cropland. BY THE NUMBERS 10 MILES HIGH 167 amount of manure produced each year by all horses in U.S. . BILLION 9.2 estimated number of horses in U.S . how high the pile of manure would be if a football stadium was filled with the amount of manure the U.S. horse population produces per year CUBIC YARD volume of manure produced per horse per day 1 MILLION CUBIC YARDS 9 TOP HORSE STATES MILLION California 700,000 Texas 1 million Florida 500,000 amount manure produced by average horse per day 50 18,250 lbs amount of manure average horse produces per year 22x volume of manure produced per month by all horses in U.S., enough to fill the average football stadium 22 times lbs 6 MANURE MANAGER -July/August 2017
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Kansas company recognized in Biotech Showcase
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