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OSU Small Farms - Agricultural Composting and Water Quality

Oregon Tilth's partners at the OSU Small Farms Program have created a website with resources on how to conduct efficient, cost-effective, on-farm composting that promotes compost quality and protects water quality. It's a great resource for farmers who are integrating composting into their operations to enhance on-farm nutrient cycling and fertility management.

Oregon Tilth's partners at the OSU Small Farms Program have created a website with resources on how to conduct efficient, cost-effective, on-farm composting that promotes compost quality and protects water quality. It's a great resource for farmers who are integrating composting into their operations to enhance on-farm nutrient cycling and fertility management.

Learn how to conduct efficient, cost-effective, on-farm composting that promotes compost quality and protects water quality. This OSU Extension publication includes six chapters:

  1. On-Farm Composting: What You Need to Know
  2. Site Selection
  3. Compost Site Layout and Design
  4. Choose the Composting Method That's Right for You
  5. The Composting Process and its Impact on Water Quality
  6. Manage Runoff and Leachate

Agricultural Composting in Oregon

OSU faculty and staff interviewed 26 established agricultural composters mainly in the Willamette Valley. All of these crop and livestock farmers integrate composting into their farming operations. Survey results provide insight into the practices used to protect water quality and attitudes about the regulation of composting. Survey results are available in the WSARE final project report: Protecting Water Quality and Promoting Economic Efficiency at Agricultural Composting Facilities (Project OW10-329).

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