The agricultural sector is often thought of as an end market for composts produced from residential and IC&I organic wastes. However, farms may also be places where off-farm organic wastes can be processed.

On farm anaerobic digestion and biogas production is starting to grow in Canada. The on-farm management of organic wastes, in this manner, intersects with conventional non hazardous waste management in Ontario. For instance farms, that install anaerobic digestion systems to produce biogas to manage manures, can accept up to 25% of the waste they manage from off-farm.

With feed in tariff (FIT) programs starting to develop across the country the on farm receipt of off farm organic wastes has the potential to increase.

It is prudent for the waste management sector, both public and private, to educate themselves about these developments and better understand how on-farm options can potentially act as source of off-farm waste processing capacity.

The 4th Annual Canadian Farm and Food Biogas Conference and Exhibition (in conjunction with The 6th Annual Growing the Margins: Rural Green Energy Conference & Exhibition) will be presented March 5-7, 2012 in London, Ontario.

http://www.gtmconference.ca/site/index.php/canadian-farm-and-food-biogas

A press release is included below.

Growing the Margins and Biogas conferences – always growing, always forging ahead!

The 6th Annual Growing the Margins: Rural Green Energy Conference & Exhibition and the 4th Annual Canadian Farm and Food Biogas Conference and Exhibition will be presented March 5-7, 2012 in London, Ontario.

Each year, these two high-profile conferences grow. Each year, organizers strive to push the envelope by exploring the diverse challenges and opportunities facing the farm, food processing and rural sectors in the realm of renewable energy generation, whether solar, biomass, biogas, or wind.

The GTM and Biogas conferences, and their joint exhibition, will be of interest to:
 livestock and field and horticulture crop farmers
 greenhouse operators
 food and beverage processors
 technology and service providers
 governments at all levels
 utilities
 researchers
 financial institutions

–and other stakeholders who recognize the opportunities and benefits of expanding farm and food processing operations beyond traditional crop, meat and food production and who wish to become suppliers of energy and new products.

“One of the best regional conferences on bioenergy that I have attended, with very good coverage of the main issues with a combination of practical, business-oriented talks and advanced research topics” says Warren Mabee, Professor, Queen’s University.

“It is clear that the Canadian Farm and Food Biogas Conference is the place to network and get connected in the Canadian biogas sector” adds Jake DeBruyn, New Technology Integration, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

Growing the Margins and Canadian Farm and Food Biogas conferences are held in parallel, Monday, March 5 and Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at the London Convention Centre. One registration gives access to both conferences and their joint plenary sessions and exhibition.

For further information and to see the conference programs, please visit www.gtmconference.ca or www.biogasconference.ca

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