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April 13, 14, 15, 16, 2015 • Portland, Oregon • Red Lion Hotel On The River

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Workshop 2
Digestate & Digestate-Derived Products Standard Development

Organized by the American Biogas Council (ABC)

Monday, April 13, 2015, 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
Red Lion Hotel On The River, Portland, Oregon

Fee: $195 with 2-day conference registration or $295 workshop only (includes lunch)

Workshop Moderators
Amy McCrae Kessler, Turning Earth
Norma McDonald, OWS
Clarke Pauley, CR&R
Patrick Serfass, ABC

8:30 AM—9:00 AM Registration

9:00 AM—9:15 AM Introduction, Workshop Overview

Where We've Been, Where We Are, Where We're Going

Outcome of Fall 2014 ABC Workshop To Establish Classification System For Digestate And Digestate-Derived Products

9:30 AM—12:30PM Round Table Discussion On ABC's Digestate Standard Development


Scope And Intent Of Standard

• Industry, Regulatory And User Perspective

Defining Digestate

• Crafting Consensus And Industry Vernacular Around Digestate Types And End Uses

Identifying And Defining Digestate Parameters And Attributes of Value And Concern

• Health & Safety And Product Performance

Overview Of Model Testing Methods To Evaluate And Assess Digestate Parameters And Attributes

• Setting The Stage To Take Best Testing Protocols And Practices From Existing Standards —TMECC, PAS 110, Ontario And Others

12:30 PM—12:45 PM Get Lunch (included) And Return To Workshop For Discussion

12:45 PM—1:30 PM Building An Industry Standard Of Testing – Anatomy Of A Testing Protocol And Certification System: Whole Group Discussion/Exercise

Building Blocks Of A Testing Protocol

Taking Best Practices And Testing Methods From Existing Protocols

Considering Economic, Informational And Logistical Efficiencies Of Each To Build Foundation Of ABC's Digestate Standard And Certification Program

• Testing Frequency

• Sample Testing Protocol

• Sample Chain Of Custody

• Field Sample Collection

• Sample Digestate Information Sheet

1:30 PM—1:45 PM Break


1:45 PM—2:45 PM Building An Industry Standard Of Testing: Whole Group Exercise (cont.)

Lab Certification Program

Data Collection

Research to Promote Agronomic And Economic Value Of Digestate

• Matching Need, Research Institutions And USDA Funding


2:45 PM— 3:45 PM Administration Of The Standard: Building A Value For Industry Through Certification System


ABC Promotion Of Certified Digestate, Labs And Protocol Participants

• Building Value For Participants

Funding for Administration Of Protocol

• Grant, Industry, Association

3:45 PM—4:00 PM Next Steps: Where Do We Go From Here?