With the global epidemic of food waste, valuable on-farm inputs are thrown out along with the food. For example,19% of all fertilizer is lost to food waste in the United States; worldwide that number increases to 23%.
Inspectors tested and discovered a harmful chemical in tainted sewer sludge from the Lapeer, Michigan waste water treatment plant, back in 2017. Those solids were used for fertilizer. Today, it’s still not an option.
Nine years ago, one of the first bioreactors was installed on Mike Bravard’s farm near Jefferson, Iowa. Last week, that bioreactor was reconditioned, all in an effort to make water cleaner for people downstream.
The pandemic continues to impact some dairy farmer’s bottom lines. Some dairy producers will likely receive a smaller milk check than they anticipated later this month due to the producer price differential (PPD).