The 2012 Ohio Compost Operator Education Course takes place March 21-22 at the Shisler Conference Center at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, 1680 Madison Ave., in Wooster.
It's a comprehensive program for people who work in the composting industry, including compost facility operators, public health officials, farmers, nursery managers, municipal solid waste managers and others.
Registration costs $175 for members of the Organics Recycling Association of Ohio and $225 for non-members. Continental breakfast, lunch and materials are included. The registration deadline is March 13.
Hours are 8:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on the first day and 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on the second.
To join ORAO and receive the discount registration rate, contact Linda Robertson, [email protected].
Here are some of the course's many topics:
Composting principles, biology and methods.
Mixing raw materials.
Site design and management.
Lab exercises including sampling and testing, effect of turning, compost properties, fan efficiency, optimizing mixing ratios.
How to managing an operation (compost stability, composting regulations, methods to minimize odor).
What are the economics and utilization options (composting economics and utilization, organic mulches in ornamental landscapes, value-added utilization of compost).
The instructors for the various sessions include many of the state's top researchers and practitioners including composting experts from industry and from Ohio State University, as well as from OARDC.
Participants are eligible for the following continuing education credits: 13.0 hours, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Waste Water Certification; and 11.0 hours, Registered Sanitarians.OARDC is the research arm of Ohio State's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and is the largest university agbiosciences research center in the U.S.