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Register for dairy biogas forum

Dairy farmers in Western Washington can learn about the potential of methane recovery from manure. This process can create new revenue sources from electricity, organic fiber byproducts, and greenhouse gas carbon credits. Biogas production can also contribute to odor reduction and the export of excess nitrogen and phosphorus off of the farm.

Dairy farmers will have the opportunity to hear from a number of nationally recognized experts in dairy biogas facility design and operation, marketing of energy, and organic byproducts. State, regional, and local regulatory agencies will also give their perspective on this new potential aspect of dairy farming.

This program is brought to the dairy industry through the efforts of the Whatcom County Dairy Biogas Team.

The forum on dairy biogas is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2002 in Lynden. The forum will be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Homestead Golf and Country Club, 115 E Homestead Blvd., Lynden. Topics to be covered include: Phosphorus — The Problem and Management; Dairy Farm Plan Compliance — The Challenge; Anaerobic Digestion 101; The Oregon AD Story; AD Experiences From Around the World; NW Dairy Digester Ideas; Organic Fiber Needs in the Nursery Industry; Economic Analysis of Anaerobic Digestion; Regualtory Issues for AD and; 20 Years with Dairy AD in Vermont.

Registration fees are $15 if received before Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2002; $25. after Jan. 15, or at the door. The registration includes lunch. Make checks payable to: WSU Cooperative Extension. Send to WSU CAHE Cashier - 405 Hulbert, PO Box 646247, Pullman WA 99164-6247

The forum is sponsored by Port of Bellingham; Whatcom Conservation District; Whatcom Public Utility District #1; Washington Department of Community, Trade & Economic Development; ReSources Whatcom County; Whatcom Farmer’s Coop NRCS; Snohomish County Solid Waste; Whatcom Dairy Federation; WSU Cooperative Extension Energy Program and Whatcom County Agriculture Preservation Committee.

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