The Nebraska Recycling Council is hosting a kickoff event in North Platte from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 19 to celebrate the formation of the Nebraska chapter of the U.S. Composting Council.

The meeting will be at the West Central Research and Extension Center, 402 W. State Farm Road, and will be followed by a tour of Bio-Ag Solutions’ commercial composting site near Hershey.

Pre-registration is required at nrcne.org and includes lunch catered by Ole’s Big Game Steakhouse. The deadline is Monday.

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 be among the speakers in this interactive meeting. The Nebraska 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.

“Nebraska agriculture, local economies and municipalities can benefit greatly from expansion of the composting industry and increased diversion of beneficial organics from our landfills,” said Julie Diegel, NRC executive director.

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