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Dairy solids from digester converted to peat moss substitute


March 26, 2008
By Manure Manager

Organix Inc of Walla Walla, Washington has completed its peat moss replacement pilot in Rupert, Idaho.

Organix Inc of Walla Walla, Washington has completed its peat moss replacement pilot in Rupert, Idaho. The pilot used the company’s patented FibeRite process which takes dairy solids from an anaerobic digester and converts it into a high value, peat moss substitute designed for the horticulture industry.

The test took place at the Whitesides Dairy biogas plant in Rupert, built and operated by Intrepid Technology and Resources. A full scale production facility is expected to be operating by early 2007.

”This concept has been five years in the making, and we feel that we have created a system that a dairyman can appreciate, regulators can approve and an end-user can depend on,” explained Russ Davis, president of Organix.

“With the current interest in renewable energy projects, biogas capture remains one of the best ways for a dairy to participate in the market while increasing manure management capabilities. The FibeRite system enhances a digester project by creating a high value product out of the solids while simultaneously addressing many of the environmental concerns associated with dairies.”

Davis stated the FibeRite system gives large dairy CAFOs the jump on upcoming regulatory pressures like ammonia emissions, greenhouse gas release and groundwater issues.


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