Events & School Calendar

Events & School Calendar

Maine Compost School Sessions–

June 20-24, 2016 & October 17-21, 2016

The Maine Compost School is the nation’s longest continually running compost education program–2016 marks our 20th anniversary!

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Maine Compost School–HPAI Compost Carcass Management Training–September 19-22, 2016

Dr. Bill Layering Chicken Mortalities

This four-day program is designed to provide participants with essential information regarding responding to a Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) outbreak. The training is also designed to fulfill part of criteria necessary to become a USDA Veterinary Services Compost Subject Matter Expert (SME). Successful completion of this course and a passing grade of 80% on the certification examination are necessary to advance in the SME training program.

During this training, participants will learn the concepts necessary effectively manage composting of poultry mortalities generated from a HPAI event. The exact breakout of the class is listed below:

Day One

8:15-8:45 Welcome and Introductions

8:45-9:15 Compost as a Management tool for HPAI and other Animal Diseases

9:15-9:45 The Highs and Lows of Avian Influenza

9:45-10:00 Break

10:00-10:45 Composting: “A Biological Process”

10:45-11:30 Alternative Disposal Systems for Animal Disease Outbreaks: Pros and Cons

11:30-12:15 Lunch

12:15-1:15 HPAI Compost Feedstocks

1:15-2:15 Farm Assessment: Job Aides

2:15-4:30 On-site farm assessment: Leeds Poultry Complex

Day 2

8:00-9:15 Compost Calculations: carbon/space/number of carcasses

9:15-9:30 Break

9:30-10:30 Developing a Farm Compost Disposal Plan

10:30-11:30 Principles of Pile Construction

11:30-12:15 Lunch

12:15-1:15 Troubleshooting/Assessment

1:15-2:45 PPE/Bio-Security

2:45 -4:30 Simultaneous Field Exercises:
Group 1: Pile Construction
Group 2: Pile Assessment

Day 3

8:15-8:45 USDA Composting SOP for Carcass Management

8:45-10:00 Pile Monitoring/Pile Management (temperature reading, etc.)

10:00-10:15 Break

10:15-11:00 Troubleshooting HPAI Windrows/Corrective Measures

11:00-12:00 Compost Equipment/Turning The Piles

12:00-12:45 Lunch

12:45-1:15 Understanding State and Federal Roles and Guidelines

1:15-2:00 Utilization of Compost from and HPAI event

2:00-4:00 Small Group Exercise-Pre-plan Plains Road Complex-Turner

Day 4

8:15-9:00 Lessons Learned from 2015 and 2016 HPAI/LPAI events

9:00-9:45 Shadowing and Mentor Program for SMEs

9:45-10:00 Break

10:00-11:30 Participant Assessments

11:30-12:15 Lunch

12:15-12:45 Training Assessment/Evaluation

If you are interested in this training, please click on the link below: Exercise