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Agricultural/Horticultural Applications Using Industrial Materials
US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS)
ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and provide information access and dissemination. The ARS research is organized into National Programs categorized by four areas. The Natural Resources and Sustainable Agricultural Systems National Programs develops technologies and strategies needed to help farmers, ranchers, and other managers effectively steward the diverse agricultural mosaic spread across the nation. The Manure and Byproduct Utilization National Program under the Natural Resources area develops cost-effective management practices, technologies and decision aids that will allow producers to capture the value of manure and other byproducts without degrading environmental quality or posing a threat to human and animal health.
Examples of ARS projects focused on byproduct utilization:
- A Practical Study on Foundry Sand: Literature Review, Inventory, Blending Guidelines, and Interaction with Nursery Industry Representatives
- Use of Spent Foundry Sand: Assessment of Transport and Availability of Trace Metal and Organic Contaminants and Nutrient Dynamics in Topsoil
- Liaison, Coordination, and Data Transfer Between Foundry Sand Industry and the Agricultural Research Service
- Mineral Characteristics of Foundry Sand: Impacts on Soil Hydraulic Conductivity, Erosion and Plant Growth
- Risk Assessment and Remediation of Soil and Amendment Trace Elements
- Agricultural and Industrial Uses of FGD Gypsum
Use of Industrial Byproducts in Agriculture
This bibliography, developed by the National Agricultural Library, US Department of Agriculture, is a guide to recent scientific literature regarding the use of industrial byproducts in agriculture. The byproducts covered in this bibliography originate from coal combustion, construction and demolition activity, paper manufacturing, iron and steel making, tire use, and wood products manufacturing and use.
Using Industrial Wood Ash as a Soil Amendment (PDF) (4 pp, 48K)
A publication providing technical, environmental, and economic information on the use of ash from woodburning industries as an agricultural amendment. This publication was made possible by a grant from the Sustainable Agriculture Program, Agricultural Resource Management Division, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection with funding from the Wisconsin Energy Bureau, Department of Administration.
Wood Ash An Alternative Liming Material for Agricultural Soils
A publication, developed by Alberta Canadas Ministry of Agriculture and Food, providing information on the technical use and benefits of using wood ash from pulp and saw mills as an agricultural soil amendment.
Using Recycled Wallboard for Crop Production (PDF)(8 pp, 305K)
A publication providing general and technical information on the potential uses for applying recycled gypsum wallboard to crops and at a construction site. This publication was funded by WasteCap Wisconsin, Inc. from a grant through EPA.
Demonstration of Coal Ash for Feedlot Surfaces
The University of North Dakotas Energy & Environmental Research Center has demonstrated the placement, engineering and environmental performance, and economics of using coal ash to stabilize feedlots. The technical report and other information sources on coal ash use in feedlot stabilization are found on the website. The funding for this demonstration was provided by Great River Energy, Otter Tail Power Company, the US Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory, the North Dakota Industrial Commission, and the North Dakota State Board of Agricultural Research and Education.
Soil Remediation, Revitalization, and Reuse Technical Performance Measures
Developed by US EPAs Superfund program, the Technical Performance Measures (TPM) is a web-based tool designed for site managers, their technical support teams, and other stakeholders to assess whether soil amendments used for remediation, revitalization, and reuse of metals-contaminated sites are functioning as designed to reduce risks to human health and the environment. The TPMs could be applied to the beneficial use of materials as soil amendments.
National Council for Air and Stream Improvement Inc. (NCASI)
NCASI is an independent, non-profit research institute that focuses on environmental topics of interest to the forest products industry and has published several technical bulletins on using paper mill byproducts as soil amendments.
Recommended Practices for Using Wood Ash as an Agricultural Soil Amendment
Bulletin 1147. The University of Georgia, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. September 2002.