Tuesday, August 6 2013 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
9:30 – Registration, 10:00am – 2:30pm – Program
Lunch will be provided
Benton Fire Hall, 932 New York 14A, Penn Yan, NY
$10 suggested donation at the door
Registration required, call CCE Yates 315-536-5123
Penn Yan, NY - Want to learn how to use your manure waste to produce energy that can help to power your farm? There are more than 656,000 dairy cows in New York State, and each produces approximately 55 pounds of manure per day. This manure is a potential source for the waste-to-energy conversion process called anaerobic digestion. Anaerobic digesters break down biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen. This process produces biogas which is used to create energy. Also, the solid and liquid materials may be separated to produce bedding and fertilizer. Traditionally, this is a technology seen only on large farms; however, anaerobic digesters are also feasible on a small scale.
Yates County Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cornell NWNY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team, and Yates County Soil and Water Conservation District, will host a small scale anaerobic digester workshop on August 6th from 9:30am – 2:30pm at the Benton Fire Hall, 932 State Route 14A, Penn Yan, NY. The workshop will take the time to cover all aspects of planning, installing, and maintaining an anaerobic digester. Speaker, Curt Gooch from Cornell’s Department of Bio. & Enviro. Engineering and Cornell’s PRO-DAIRY Program, will discuss the principles of anaerobic digesters. He will take the time to explain the nuts and bolts of anaerobic digesters which will cover system overview, biogas production and energy value, interconnection with the utility, and the economics of a digester system. Peter Martens from PM Farms will discuss the use of anaerobic digesters in Germany and his experiences working with them. Finally, Vernon Hoover from Ephrata, PA will discuss in detail how he initiated, planned, and assisted with the installation of a digester on a small farm near Lancaster, PA. Vernon will share the blueprint that he used and discuss how the digester is working today now that it is fully functional. Following the presentations, there will be ample time at the end for Q&A.
The cost for the workshop is a suggested donation of $10 per person. Lunch and handouts will be provided. Registration is required; please call Yates County Cornell Cooperative Extension at 315-536-5123. Many thanks for our sponsors who have helped to make this workshop possible: The Birkett Mills/Carey’s Hardware, Cornell PRO-DAIRY Program, Himrod Farm Supply, Knapp and Schlappi Lumber Company, Martin’s Equipment and Hardware, and the Finger Lakes Resource Conservation and Development Council.