Ag Engineering/Agronomy, Central Iowa and BioCentury Research Farms

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RFR A10114

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The University Compost Facility opened late in 2008 and now has completed two full years of operation. The facility is managed by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Research Farms and has a separate revolving account that receives fees and sales, and pays expenses. The facility is designed to be self-supporting, i.e. not receive allocations for its operations. The facility consists of seven, 80 × 140 ft hoop barns with paved floors. The central hoop barn is the receiving hoop with six composting or storage hoops. Using the current pull-type turner, there are three windrows per hoop. The facility also has a Mettler-Toledo electronic scale with a 10 ft × 70 ft platform to weigh all materials. The facility is adjacent to the ISU Dairy Farm on 260 th Avenue, south of campus.

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Iowa State University



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