Anaerobic Digester, Controlled Temperature
Practice Code: 366
Reporting Unit: Animal Units (A.U.)
A controlled temperature anaerobic digester is a managed temperature 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
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 Support Documents
Support Documents for this conservation practice are available for download from an abbreviated version of Section IV of the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG).
All support 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:
Atmospheric Resources Quality Management (370)
Manure Transfer (634)
Nutrient Management (590)
Waste Storage Facility (313)
If you want to learn how you can protect natural resources on your farm or forestland, please contact your local NRCS office.
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