Conference on Agricultural Trade Speaks to Future of Farming

In 2022, Virginia farmers who choose to use biosolids received approximately 115,000 tons on 41,600 acres of cropland, pasture, and forestland. In addition to providing an incredibly beneficial product for row crops, pastures, hay lands, and forests, biosolids use in agriculture provides an alternative to filling up Virginia’s landfill space and can be vital in […]

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Research Continues at Eastern Virginia AREC Biosolids Plot

Fall harvest has come and gone, and this means a next step for the VBC research at the Eastern Virginia AREC Research Plot. This plot is being used to examine the impact of the land application of biosolids and PFAS on soils. The research is being included in a national PFAS study conducted by Dr. […]

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Report Highlights 45 Years of Biosolids Research

Jim Ippolito, a professor at Colorado State University, is an expert on the years of work on biosolids and its benefits. He and a colleague, Ken Barbarick, recently reviewed 45 years of biosolids land application research. The research was published in the Journal of Environmental Quality, a publication of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society […]

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Biosolids Recycling Featured at VA State Fair Exhibit

After Tropical Storm Ophelia swirled through the fairgrounds leaving some serious mud in her wake, crowds came out in full force to enjoy Virginia’s State Fair, Your Fair, Your Way, offering agricultural attractions along with classic rides, foods, and competitions for all. VBC creatively demonstrated the benefits of recycling biosolids by allowing the young and […]

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VBC spreads the word about beneficial uses of biosolids at Virginia AG EXPO

August 3 was a beautiful day to meet and talk with hundreds of attendees at the 2023 Virginia AG EXPO at Land of Promise Farms in Virginia Beach. As one of the largest gatherings in the Commonwealth’s agricultural industry, AG EXPO drew a sizeable crowd of farmers, industry leaders, state agencies, vendors, and attendees. All […]

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Potential for Biosolids Use on Solar Sites

W. Lee Daniels, Emeritus Professor of Soil Environmental Science, Virginia Tech, wdaniels@vt.edu Over the next several decades, conversion of existing agricultural and forested landscapes into utility scale solar (USS) facilities will likely be the dominant land use change across rural landscapes in Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic. Total area affected by USS in Virginia, according to […]

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Good Neighbor Brochure: Healthy Crops. Knowledgeable Neighbors. Everything You Need To Know About Farming With Biosolids

The “Good Neighbor” brochure is a resource created by the VBC to provide information and resources for our farmers, landowners and anyone interested in biosolids. Farmers depend on the healthiness of their farm. So, when considering fertilizers, they want to make the best possible choices for their land. The VBC developed this brochure to answer basic […]

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Soybeans Start to Sprout at VBC Eastern Virginia Research Plot

Soybeans are just now starting to sprout at VBC’s research plot at the Eastern Virginia Agricultural Research and Extension Center (EVAREC) in Warsaw. This project, looking at the impact of biosolids application and PFAS in soils, is part of a national PFAS study conducted by Dr. Ian Pepper of the University of Arizona. The plot is divided into three areas: […]

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VWEA Biosolids Beauty Contest

Calling all treatment plants, resource recovery facilities, and water pollution control plants! Do you have the best biosolids in Virginia? Please bring samples of your stabilized biosolids to Virginia Beach to enter the Second Annual WaterJAM Biosolids Beauty Contest! A panel of expert judges will judge both Class A and Class B categories for the […]

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