Nutrient Recovery and Digester Summit


7:30 am and on Registration
8:15 am – 8:25 am Welcome and Overview
8:25 am – 9:55 am Topic Presentations (30 minutes per topic)
  • Digesters – Alex DePillis (Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets) and Nicholas Elger (US EPA AgSTAR Program)
  • Organics diversion to digesters -- Dennis Fekert (Vermont Agency of Natural Resources) and Maria Steyaart (Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets)
  • Nutrient recovery and nutrient management – Mark Stoermann (Newtrient)
9:55 am – 10:15 am Break / Networking / Visit Exhibitors
10:15 am – 11:45 am Facilitated Industry Panels (20 minutes per topic)
  • Feedstock providers: Grow Compost, Casella, Ben & Jerry’s, and Bob Spencer
  • Digester operators: Vermont Technical College, Audet’s Blue Spruce Farm, Maxwell’s Neighborhood Farm, Monument Farms, and Machia and Sons Dairy
  • Digester and equipment providers: DVO, Martin Energy Resources, PlanET Biogas, EnviTec Biogas, and Ag-Grid Energy
  • Nutrient management and nutrient recovery providers: Farm Compliance Services, Native Energy, Livestock Water Recycling, Trident, and Digested Organics
11:45 am – 12:15 pm Wrap-Up and Begin Networking
  • Wrap-Up: Concluding thoughts and action items
  • Networking tables: Attendees invited to gather around one of three tables:
    • Organics to digesters
    • Digesters
    • Nutrient extraction
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch / Networking / Visit Exhibitors
1:15 pm – 2:30 pm Digester Preliminary Feasibility Forum for Farmers and Financing Session (45 minutes each)
  • Feasibility forum: Interested farmers get guidance on what makes for a successful digester project. Interactive session presented by Newtrient and EPA AgSTAR.
  • Financing panel: Vermont Economic Development Authority and USDA Rural Development. Presented by Vermont Department of Economic Development.
2:30 pm onward Tour of brewery and digester at Magic Hat