MD DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE, GREEN MOUNTAIN TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATE
NEW ANIMAL WASTE TECHNOLOGY GRANT PROJECT
Howard Co. Manure Composter is First Completed Demonstration Project
ANNAPOLIS, MD (June 14, 2016) – The Maryland Department of Agriculture and Green Mountain Technologies today sponsored a tour of a new manure composting system at Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Howard County. The innovative composting system is the first completed demonstration project funded by the state’s Animal Waste Technology Grant Fund.
Although composting is not new, the closed in-vessel composting system installed at Days End Farm reduces environmental factors that impact the composting success. The state-of-the art system can process batches of 1.5 tons of horse manure in two weeks, and reduce nutrient and input volume by about 50 percent. According to Days End officials, the final compost product will be used for bedding, on-site landscaping needs and possible sale to a local nursery.
“Preliminary information from the Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland indicates that Days End Farm will save approximately $12,000 a year by eliminating landfill expenses and reducing bedding costs,” said Maryland Agriculture Secretary Joe Bartenfelder. “ Developing new technologies to protect natural resources and improve farm profitability is a win-win for everyone.”
Green Mountain Technologies, which operates out of Seattle, Washington implemented the project for Days End Farm Horse Rescue. The company employs the latest technologies and has the ability to use web-enabled controllers and probes to monitor temperatures and manage the composter remotely.
“Green Mountain Technologies—in partnership with the Maryland Department of Agriculture and Days End Farm Horse Rescue— is delighted to demonstrate this exciting new concept in manure management for equine facilities,” said Michael Byan-Brown, the firm’s president and chief engineer. “Our goal is to lower operating costs for equine facilities while reducing their environmental impacts,” he said.
Reauthorized in 2013, the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Animal Waste Technology Fund provides grants to companies that demonstrate innovative technologies on farms and alternative strategies for managing animal manure. These technologies may generate energy from animal manure, reduce on-farm waste streams, and repurpose manure by creating marketable fertilizer and other products and by-products. To date, the program has issued $3.7 million in grants to demonstrate alternative technologies for manure management. For more information on additional grant projects, visit mda.maryland.gov and type “Animal Waste Technology Fund” in the search box.