Kansas Composting Operators' School, June 11-12 in Manhattan

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The Kansas Composting Operators’ School provides hands-on training in municipal, agricultural, and commercial large-scale composting for operators and managers of compost facilities who want to gain knowledge and experience in composting. The school will take place on June 11-12 at Pottorf Hall on the Riley County Fairgrounds, 1710 Avery Ave, Manhattan, 66503.

The program includes classroom and laboratory instruction along with field activities. Field activities will include a demonstration of composting equipment such as a turner, and collection of compost samples for testing for maturity as well as chemical and physical properties.

Instructors for this year will be DeAnn Presley, K-State Agronomy Department and Emery Wiens, Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Training topics will include:

  • Composting science and methods
  • Compost biology
  • Compost feedstocks
  • Food waste composting
  • Determining compost mixes
  • Permit and legal requirements
  • Site design and maintenance
  • Compost equipment
  • Windrow construction and aeration
  • Compost moisture
  • Field and laboratory monitoring
  • Learn to measure moisture, temperature, pH, soluble salts, maturity, and interpreting lab data
  • Compost quality and use
  • Methods of composting: static vs. active


Registration is due by June 3 and class size is limited to 20 people. The registration fee ($195) will include lunches, breaks, and training materials. Participants are responsible for travel and lodging. Payment (payable to KSU Agronomy) must accompany registration. Mail payment and the registration portion on the flyer included below to: Extension Agronomy, 2014 Throckmorton Plant Sciences Center, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506. Online registration is available for credit card payment (additional fees apply): http://www.agronomy.k-state.edu/extension/soil-management/.


DeAnn Presley, Soil Management Specialist