Wednesday, October 21st
2 pm EST
CEU Credits Available*
Learn why and how the USCC is leading the charge to reregulate Clopyralid 

In the summer of 2020, the USCC led the charge to petition the USEPA to reregulate Clopyralid, Picloram and Aminopyralid. After receiving incident reports from compost manufacturers and end users, the USCC led the Get the PH out of our Compost campaign with this video.
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What's it about?
Our industry is plagued by the lasting effects of certain chemical broadleaf weed killers that can survive the composting process and continue to negatively affect plants grown in such compost. These persistent herbicides have active chemical ingredients that can persist on treated vegetation even after composting.

The USCC recognizes the threat these insidious chemicals pose to our compost manufacturers and the end users of compost products that may contain them.


Speakers:
Cary Oshins

Associate Director US Composting Council
Education Director for the Composting Council Research & Education Foundation, where he runs the Composter Training Program, including the highly regarded Composting Operations Training Course.  He also oversees educational curriculum development and creating other training opportunities for the Foundation. Cary is also the Associate Director of the US Composting Council where his work focuses on member services, including the annual conference, developing the professional credential program, and industry advocacy at the state and national levels. Prior to his current roles with CCREF and the USCC, he started the Stormwater Management Division of Gardenique Landscaping, Inc. in Orefield, PA, where he represented Filtrexx Erosion Control products. Cary has almost 30 years of experience in composting education, research, utilization, and promotion, working for the Lehigh County PA Office of Solid Waste, the Rodale Institute, and Cornell University’s Waste Management Institute. As consultant to the Professional Recyclers of PA, he developed, coordinated and taught the organics component to PROP’s award-winning Recycling Professional Certification Program.
 
Frederick Michel Jr.

Ohio State University Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Dr. Michel's group conducts research in three areas: (1) Composting, focused on the recycling of food scraps, yard trimmings and manure, understanding and mitigating the impacts of contaminants such as herbicides, plastics and pathogens and understanding the effects of composts on the microbial ecology of soils and plant growing media, (2) Pretreatments to improve bioethanol production from corn and cellulosic feed stocks and biogas production during anaerobic digestion, (3) Bioprocessing for the extraction and purification of natural rubber and inulin from the roots of Taraxacum kok Sagyhz (TK), the Russian dandelion. He serves as the editor of Compost Science and Utilization journal, is a board member of the Organics Recycling Association of Ohio, serves on the USCC Persistent Herbicide Task Force, is the President of the Wayne County Sustainable Energy Network and is the Chair of the OSU Wooster Sustainability Committee. He teaches the Ohio Compost Operator Education Course, Solar Energy Systems and FABE courses related to biomass conversion. He has published more than seventy peer reviewed scientific papers and in 2011 received the Rufus Chaney award for Research Excellence from the USCC. 
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