Seminar to focus on manure management practices and opportunities in renewable natural gas

The Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach Dairy Team will host its annual Dairy Discussions Seminar on Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to noon. (US Embassy via Flickr)

ORANGE CITY, Iowa — The Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach Dairy Team will host its annual Dairy Discussions Seminar on Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to noon. The program is sponsored this year by EcoEngineers, a renewable energy consulting and auditing firm headquartered in Des Moines, and the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA). The program will be virtual this year due to health concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The focus of Dairy Discussions this year is manure management systems, opportunities in renewable natural gas (RNG) to maximize profitability in the dairy industry, and the benefits of co-locating a dairy near a biofuel facility in the Midwest. The presentations will include a case study for an Iowa dairy and the minimum project size to make RNG project economics work.

The key presentations include:

  • “Supporting Dairies in Iowa: How the IEDA can help,” Shelly Peterson, P.E., IEDA
  • “Successful Manure Systems,” Kris Kohl, Ph.D., ISU Extension and Outreach
  • “Dairy Opportunities in RNG and Location Benefits” Brad Pleima, P.E., EcoEngineers

Shelly Peterson, P.E., is a program manager with the state energy office, housed at the Iowa Economic Development Authority. The energy team supports many emerging energy opportunities in the State of Iowa, including RNG.

Dr. Kris Kohl is the ISU Extension and Outreach Agricultural Engineer in Northwest Iowa. His expertise includes manure handling and management plans, composting and ag building ventilation.

Brad Pleima, P.E., is a Senior Engineer and Senior Regulatory Consultant at EcoEngineers. He has over 17 years of consulting and engineering design experience in water, wastewater and renewable energy project work. Pleima leads the Asset Development Consulting services at EcoEngineers.

There is no fee to attend the program thanks to the sponsorship of EcoEngineers, but registration is required by Nov. 30. To register, visit https://tinyurl.com/dairy-discussions-2020-release or contact Fred Hall at 712-737-4230, fredhall@iastate.edu; James Ramm at 515-344-9715, jramm@ecoengineers.us; or Lyndsey Nielsen at 402-885-0358, lnielsen@ecoengineers.us.

— Iowa State University Extension and Outreach