• Agromin and Engineered Compost Solutions Testing CASP Technology at Chino Facility - Saturday, March 31, 2018 at

  • A study is currently underway at Agromin's Chino Organics Recycling Compost Facility that is investigating the feasibility of using a covered aerated static pile (CASP) composting system for the production of high-quality compost using food waste and green waste feedstock.

    Agromin has teamed with Engineered Compost Systems, Inc. (ECS), which has designed a negative-air CASP compost system for the Agromin site that is hoped to be a cost-effective technology for controlling emissions while also maintaining optimal pile conditions for composting.

    CASP System Overview. Each batch of food waste and green waste that is composted in the CASP system consists of up to 40% food waste and 60% green waste by volume. The Chino CASP system has the potential to run up to 10 compost piles simultaneously, each pile with a volumetric capacity ranging from approximately 465 cubic yards of feedstock per batch.

    The system utilizes a computerized negative aeration control technology to optimize composting conditions for all types of feedstocks and a biofilter to control odors.

    The CASP system pulls air down through the compost pile and exhausts the vapors into a biofilter where odor-causing compounds such as ammonia are removed.

    Research Process. Researchers will first baseline the performance of the system. Then, they will test the feasibility of adding biochar in various concentrations to the feedstock and in the biofilter to further reducing odors, accelerate the process, enable the use of higher concentrations of food waste and enhance the quality of the finished compost.

    After the CASP process is complete, the finished biochar compost will be cured for at least another 30 days.

    All existing regulations governing composting operations at the site will be adhered to in addition to regulations stipulated for research composting operations.

    Projected Outcomes. We expect the use of biochar will completely eliminate odors from the biofilter, enable higher concentrations of food waste in the composting piles and reduce the time required for composting from its current 30 days. Adding biochar is also expected to enhance the quality of the compost by reducing C/N ratio of the product, while increasing plant available nutrients that otherwise are locked in the compost.

    For agriculture, the resulting compost would provide better germination and growth, and reduce the amount of chemical fertilizers needed. 

    For more information about CASP and other compost research, contact Rick Wilson, Agromin's Chief Technology Officer, 858-480-9478, rickwilson@agromin.com.

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  • CDFA Now Accepting Applications For Healthy Soils Program Technical Assistance Grants - Monday, February 26, 2018 at

  •  From the CDFA:

    SACRAMENTO, February 26, 2018 The California Department of Food and Agriculture is now accepting grant applications from non-profits, universities and California Resource Conservation Districts (RCD) offering technical assistance to farmers and ranchers who are interested in applying to the state’s Healthy Soils Program (HSP).

    "If we are to meet our greenhouse gas reduction goals and improve the health of California's soil, we must do everything we can to help our farmers and ranchers apply to our programs," said CDFA Secretary Karen Ross. "Leveraging our partnerships with the academic community, non-profits and RCDs is key in getting more individuals to apply."

    Applicants may apply for funding up to $5,000 and must meet several requirements, including: one-on-one application assistance, technical assistance and internet access for application submission.
    Detailed information on funding, eligibility and program requirements can be found at: www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/healthysoils/IncentivesProgram.html

    Applications must be submitted by email no later than March 9, 2018 5:00 p.m. PST. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

    The HSP is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap and Trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment – particularly in disadvantaged communities. The Cap-and-Trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution.  California Climate Investments projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling, and much more.  At least 35 percent of these investments are located within and benefiting residents of disadvantaged communities, low-income communities, and low-income households across California.  For more information, visit the California Climate Investments website at: www.caclimateinvestments.ca.gov.

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