Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2015 Regional Award Winner


Paul Bechtel

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MPP Kathryn McGarry, Paul Bechtel

MPP Kathryn McGarry, Paul Bechtel

Paul Bechtel won a Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence in 2009 for developing a high-temperature composting system that transformed manure from his beef feedlot into valuable fertilizer. Since then, this farmer hasn't rested on his laurels. Although the aerobic composter destroys all weed seeds and slashes composting time, Paul wanted to augment the nitrogen content of his final compost. He also wanted to prevent the emission of odours and greenhouse gases. Adding zeolite to the process did the trick. This naturally occurring mineral adsorbs nitrogen, cutting methane emissions and doubling the levels of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium in his compost. While adding zeolite costs just one dollar per tonne of manure, it doubles the price Bechtel can command for the finished product.

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