Closing cycles: re-visiting the case for sewage sludge and green manure composts
Chair: Andrew Jedwell (consultant)
William McManus (WRAP): Off-farm composts: quality, availability and use in agriculture
Presentation - Off-farm composts: quality, availability and use in agriculture
Brian Chambers (ADAS): Biosolids and organic farming
Brian is Head of “Soils & Nutrients” in ADAS, a past President of the Institute of Professional Soil Scientists, a Chartered Scientist and a visiting Professor at Cranfield University. He has authored over 300 scientific and technical papers on nutrient use and soil science, and is internationally recognised in research covering all aspects of organic manure management and the minimisation of environmental pollution.
Presentation - Biosolids and organic farming
Katie Owens (OF&G): Certification issues and use of off-farm soil improvers in organic farming
Katie has specialised in organic certification since 2001, following a Masters degree in Organic Farming from the Scottish Agricultural College. Her wide experience has been gained working for three of the UK's organic control bodies and she has been with Organic Farmers & Growers Ltd since 2006 and was part of the OF&G team which was successful in gaining a contract to operate certification to the PAS 100 and Quality Compost Protocol, on behalf of the Association for Organics Recycling (AfOR). PAS 100 and the QCP represent an important development for the industry, allowing compost approved under the standard to be classed as a product, rather than a waste, thereby exempting it from waste movement legislation and the associated costs. Katie is now instrumental in the provision of this service to more than eighty licensees.
Presentation - Certification issues and use of off-farm soil improvers in organic farming