Practice Code: 366
Reporting Unit: Animal Units (A.U.)
An anaerobic digester is a waste treatment facility which manages and treats animal wastes prior to introduction on farm lands. By-products of the process, such as methane and heat, can be utilized on-site to reduce energy costs.
Purposes and Benefits
- Protects surface and groundwater quality by reducing loading of nutrients, organics, pathogens, and other contaminants associated with animal manure and other wastes
- Allows timely application of wastes when field conditions are right, minimizing runoff into streams or water bodies
- Reduces fertilizer costs and nutrient losses
- Nutrients in the effluent can be used to fertilize crops, improving nutrient management and reducing costs
- Biogas produced during the digestive process can be extracted and used as an energy source
- Reduces greenhouse gases and improves air quality by eliminating odors
- Reduces pathogens
Ground Disturbing Potential of Conservation Practices
This is a potential ground disturbing conservation practice. Any project with ground disturbing or potential ground disturbing practices planned may need to be submitted for review by the State Historic Preservation Officer and Tribal Historic Preservation Officers. Please see the Cultural Resources Review Process Flowchart for an outline of this process. View a list of conservation practices used in New York State, and their ground disturbing potential.
Conservation Practice Documents
Documents associated with this and other conservation practices are available at the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide web site.
Related Conservation Practices
This practice is commonly used in a Conservation Management System with practices such as:
Manure Transfer (634)
Nutrient Management (590)
Solid/Liquid Waste Separation Facility (632)
Waste Storage Facility (313)
If you want to learn how you can protect natural resources on your farm or forest land, please contact your local NRCS Service Center.
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