The 2018 Midwest Compost School is July 10-12 at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

This immersive three-day school features a mix of classroom, hands-on and site-visit experience.

Course content is geared for both new and experienced compost facility operators, on-farm composters, extension educators, city administrators and zoning officials and others — anyone who would like to understand more about composting and who desires to improve their compost quality, regulations, marketing and profitability.

Subject-matter experts from across the Midwest will cover topics including:

Introduction to the composting process
Recipe development and feedstock characteristic
Compost quality and measurement
Food waste diversion
Animal composting and mass mortality
Compostable packaging
Odor management
Hands-on compost pile construction
Facility design
Economics and marketing of compost
Midwest regulations overview and update
Two site visits to commercial compost manufacturers

For the second consecutive year, the school will be hosted by the Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology and the Soil and Waste Resources Discipline, units within the College of Natural Resources at UW-Stevens Point.

The course fee is $575 if registered by June 16 or $675 after that date. The course is limited to 48 students. Register by June 15 to save $100 off the full tuition rate.

More information is on the 2018 Midwest Compost School web pages, including instructor bios and travel and lodging information.

Questions? Contact Angie Hauer, WIST Development Coordinator, at; Paul Fowler, WIST Executive Director, at; or Robert Michitsch, Associate Professor, at

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