Eastern Virginia AREC Features Research, Technology, and Innovation at Annual Virginia Small Grains Field Day

Throughout the year, the Eastern Virginia Agricultural Research & Extension Center (Eastern Virginia AREC) conducts research on small grains and soybeans for the benefit of farmers across Virginia.  A variety of field plots are planted, some of which are wheat and include the application of a biosolids product.  Each May in conjunction with the Virginia […]

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2021 Annual Report for Code of Good Practice of the Virginia Biosolids Council

The Virginia Biosolids Council Code of Good Practice has been providing guiding principles to its members for more than a decade. This annual report provides a progress report on how the Council’s membership — all of its members — performed under these guiding principles. This update is provided annually. Biosolids recycling is essential to the […]

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Biosolids Enable Shift to Grazing and Feed Crops at Mt. Rush Farm

Located at the geographical center of Virginia is the Ellis’ family farm. For more than a century the family has been raising cattle, hogs, and crops at their home and farm at Mt. Rush. Today, their agriculture operations include about 300 head of purebred angus cattle and farming approximately 200 acres for hay and corn […]

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Exceptional quality pellets benefit Milford family farm

For the Broaddus family of Milford, Virginia, farming has been a “work from home” career for generations. Bates Broaddus, a sixth-generation farmer, works alongside his father, Lynwood, and his Uncle, Lynwood’s brother, Johnny Broaddus on Spring Hill Farm in Caroline County. Broaddus uses exceptional quality (Class A) pellets as a beneficial soil amendment to raise soybeans, […]

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Notification requirements for biosolids provides for involvement and transparency

As permits are discussed, promulgated, and decided in Virginia, there is always a discussion on transparency and involvement by the agency doing the regulating, and an interested public. Biosolids, and the regulation of biosolids, is somewhat unique as a regulated material in that the regulations (9VAC25-32) contain very detailed notification requirements. The permitting of biosolids […]

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Words On Water #203: Maile Lono-Batura On 2022 As The Year Of Poo

Maile Lono-Batura, Director of Sustainable Biosolids Programs at the Water Environment Federation, explains how a campaign to make 2022 the Year of Poo aims to raise public awareness about the value of human waste as a resource in communities and to get people to realize they are part of this cycle. She also discusses the […]

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Biosolids important tool to preserving Liberty Springs Farm

Preserving agricultural land in Hanover County is vitally important to the Newcomb family. They use biosolids as a critical tool to conserving Liberty Springs Farm as a natural space. Farming “is just something we’ve always done,” said Robbie Newcomb. “We need to keep the tradition going. Farming touches and affects everything,” he added. As a […]

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VBC Returns to the State Fair of Virginia

The Virginia Biosolids Council is exhibiting once again at the State Fair of Virginia. After a brief pause in 2020 due to Covid-19, fair goers are returning to Meadow Event Park to take in the sites and learn about agriculture and forestry in Virginia. According to Marlene Joliffe, Executive Director of the State Fair of […]

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