Ohio Composting and Manure Management (OCAMM) 

The goal of OCAMM is to research, develop, and communicate sustainable strategies for the
management of animal manures and nutrients on Ohio farms.









Workshops:

  • OHIO COMPOST OPERATOR EDUCATION COURSE. March 28-29, 2017, Wooster, Ohio. This 2-day course provides a practical understanding of the composting process and the means to address operational issues in involved in the production of compost at large scale facilities.    Course details
    Scholarships available! The Organics Recycling Association of Ohio is offering professional development grants for the Ohio Compost Operator Education Course. Deadline is March 1, 2017.    Grant application
  • ODA Certified Livestock Manager (CLM) Training. March 1-2, 2017, Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Learn about best management practices for handling and using manure. Designed for farmers or custom applicators who need to be licensed, but open to anyone interested.   Details and registration

Online training and resources:
  • ONLINE: Ohio Mortality Composting Certification Workshop. Composting dead animals is an environmentally friendly and cost effective disposal method, but Ohio livestock producers must attend a course for certification or complete the online training. Here’s how to sign up for the online course:
    1)      Go to http://campus.extension.org/ and login if you have an account or create one
    2)      Click on “Agriculture & Animals” and scroll down to the course ‘Mortality Compost’  NOTE: The cost is $17 and can be paid with a credit card or PayPal account.The course consists of 8 presentations and takes about 3 hours, plus a 25 question exam.  It can be completed in 1 sitting or spread out over several days.
  • NEW!  Manure and Compost: Nitrogen Availability in Organic Production. OSU Extension factsheet discusses factors that influence the nitrogen content and is applicable to non-organic crop production too.

  • AVIAN INFLUENZA TOOLS. Composting on the farm is considered one of the best options for disposal of a large number of birds in the event of an AIN1 outbreak. These tools will help in planning:
Spreadsheet for calculating composting slab size and bulking agent requirements:  Spreadsheet
Sources of carbon sources/bulking materials in Ohio:  
Composting Facilites      Mulch, Chips and Sawdust
  • Manure Processing Technology (MPT) Assessment.  A decision strategy to help livestock farmers evaluate the feasibility of manure handling and processing products and systems.  Click on the title below to access:
    MPT Manual
      Provides information on using the MPT Excel Workbook, examples, questions for further evaluation, and information sheets on seven technologies. 
    MPT Excel Workbook
      Input livestock and crop production and the decision tool calculates nutrient balance and determines the feasibilty of six manure processing technologies.

 Past programs:
  • Nutrient Management Workbooks available.  The workbook provides step-by-step instructions to assess the needs, sources and allocation of resources on you farm.

To join the free OCAMM e-mail listserv,
send a message to Mary Wicks at wicks.14@osu.edu.

 

The purpose of OCAMM is to research, develop and communicate sustainable strategies for the management of animal manure and nutrient inputs on Ohio farms. To achieve this purpose, strategies such as composting, land application, facility design, and feed management will be studied for their ability to recycle nutrients, reduce the need for chemical fertilizer and pesticide inputs, improve soil fertility, reduce odor emissions, and improve environmental stewardship. OCAMM program participants include livestock producers, livestock system consultants, equipment manufacturers, trade associations, compost users, and public agencies as well as faculty and staff at OSU.