Innovations in Wastewater Management for Small Meat Processors

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Innovations in Wastewater Management for Small Meat Processors

Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network webinar

Date: July 23, 2013
Duration: 50 minutes


Finding an affordable and legal way to manage wastewater can be very challenging for small meat and poultry processors. On this webinar, you will learn about an innovative, economic approach that a small, USDA-inspected processor in rural Indiana is using with great results: a constructed wetlands system.

Greg Gunthorp of Brushy Prairie Packing and Gunthorp Farms, and Craig Chivers, environmental sanitarian with LaGrange County Health Department, explain how the system is designed and how it works, give data about its effectiveness in improving water quality, and discuss costs, the permitting process, and other aspects of using this type of system for a meat plant. 


Click here to view the webinar recording

Click here to view the presentation slides (pdf)

Click here for more info from LaGrange County about constructed wetlands

Click here for Purdue University Extension Report about the Constructed Wetlands System (8 pages, with photos)


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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.