The Nebraska Recycling Council will host a kickoff event in North Platte from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday to celebrate the formation of the Nebraska Chapter of the U.S. Composting Council.

The meeting will be at the West Central Research & Extension Center, 402 W. State Farm Road, and followed by a tour of Bio-Ag Solutions’ commercial composting site near Hershey. Pre-registration is required atnrcne.org and includes lunch catered by Ole’s Big Game Steakhouse. Deadline is June 17.

Cary Oshins, education director for the U.S. Composting Council; Jerry Santee, owner of Bio-Ag Solutions; and Aaron Hird, state soil health specialist, will speak.

The chapter is an official affiliate of the USCC, a national organization dedicated to the development, expansion and promotion of the compost industry.

The chapter committee plans to build a coalition of stakeholders to include Nebraska businesses, municipalities, educators, and residents interested in compost manufacturing, research, organics recycling, and land application of compost.

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