Agri-food byproduct management
On November 27, Jon Gingerich, manager of the Agronomy Business Unit of Cold Springs Farms spoke on “Nutrient Management and the Agri-Food Sector: Challenges and Opportunities” to a diverse audience of environment industry professionals at the Ontario Environment Industry Association (ONEIA) monthly breakfast. He outlined the company’s “farm to plate” approach. Much of the feed is grown on site. The animal byproduct is collected, mixed with bedding, composted and then packaged into different products for retail sale and to organic crop growers. With the implementation of the province’s Nutrient Management Act every nutrient unit that is inputted into the agri-food process must be accounted for. Farms will need to provide a strategy and plan to deal with manure generation and application — a tremendous opportunity for waste management professionals. Solutions include anaerobic digestion to generate green energy.
ONEIA breakfast meetings take place on the last Thursday of each month. For more information visit www.oneia.ca
Guelph’s Trevor Barton continues as CCC Chair
Trevor Barton, Wet-Dry Marketing Officer for the City of Guelph, has been re-elected for a third term as National Chair of The Composting Council of Canada. Mr. Barton’s leadership was endorsed by over 250 of The Council’s members at their annual national conference and general meeting, held recently in London, Ontario.
“Trevor Barton’s re-election to National Chair is a reflection of the respect our members have for his contribution to the development of our Council and the composting industry across Canada,” said Susan Antler, Executive Director, The Composting Council of Canada. “The continuity and experience that Trevor brings to both the position of National Chair and our Council’s efforts enables us to pursue our vision and implement the necessary support programs to make this change happen.”
The Composting Council of Canada is a national, non-profit, member-driven organization with a charter to advocate and advance composting and compost usage.
Contact Trevor Barton at 519-767-0598