'Affordable Dairy Digester' Seminar Set For New York Farm Show

Feb. 22 mini-seminar is geared to help New York dairy farms assess cost, benefits and financing of small- and mid-scale modular anaerobic digesters.

Published on: Feb 13, 2013

Improved design plus the benefits of bedding, compost, farm-generated power and heat are making turnkey anaerobic digesters more affordable for all sizes of dairy farms. That's why the UEM Group, an international environmental services firm, will host a one-hour seminar at 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22 during New York Farm Show.

Nina Kshetry, who leads UEM digester deployment efforts in North America, will cover the costs, benefits and financing of digesters that are now affordable for even small- and mid-sized dairies, particularly in New York State. "Several years ago, we began developing anaerobic digesters designed specifically for small- to mid-sized dairy farms – less than 500 cattle," notes Kishetry. "We're starting to market in New York due to the large number of dairies in the small- to mid-size range and due to the favorable state policies and incentives for dairy digesters."

DAIRY REVENUE-GENERATOR: Improved technologies, benefits plus financial incentives make on-farm anaerobic manure digesters more affordable for smaller-scale dairies. Thats why UEM is hosting a seminar at the New York Farm Show.
DAIRY REVENUE-GENERATOR: Improved technologies, benefits plus financial incentives make on-farm anaerobic manure digesters more affordable for smaller-scale dairies. That's why UEM is hosting a seminar at the New York Farm Show.

The seminar is geared for dairy farmers – regardless of size – who might be considering digester installation. Part of UEM's recent focus has been on designing more economical small digesters for smaller dairies.

Kshetry will share project results from the 220-head dairy at Joneslan Farm near Hyde Park, Vt. The seminar will go over the basics of a typical digester process scheme, plus an optional add-on process to remove nutrients. She's show the range of costs and benefits to be expected from a typical digester. Current and future grant opportunities for such New York projects plus other available financing mechanisms will also be outlined.

UEM's portfolio includes waste system design for industries, food processors, slaughter houses, sewage sludge and other high organic content waste streams. Kshetry has a master's degree in environmental engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The "Affordable Dairy Digester" seminar will be held in the Bistro Room of the Arts and Home Center at the New York State Fairgrounds on Syracuse's western edge. For more information, contact: Nina Kshetry via email at nkshetry@uemgroup.com  or via phone (Office: 561-683-2273 Ext 3#; Cell: 561-294-0138). Or visit her at UEM's exhibit: Booth 14 in the Arts and Home Center.

For more show details, visit: www.newyorkfarmshow.com.