ICAW Breakfast7:00 - 8:00 AM101 A
Registration Open7:00 AM - 7:00 PMConnector Concourse
Exhibit Hall Opens8:00 AMExhibit Hall


8:15 - 9:45 AM

Concurrent Session 1A Operations Track
Managing Contamination at Composting Facilities

Moderator: Elliot Schneider, City of St. Peters, MO

8:15 - 9:45 AM102 A/B
Optimizing Operations: Strategies to Reduce Contamination in Large Scale Composting
Dustin Montey, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
The Commercial Side of Food Diversion
Jason Browne, WeCare Denali LLC
Overcoming Contamination Challenges
Mary Matava, Agri Service Inc.

Concurrent Session 1B Business Track
Composting Infrastructure

Moderator: Jorge Montezuma, Wanu Organics

8:15 - 9:45 AM103 B/C
Planning and Development of a Public Compost Facility
Greg McCarron, SCS Engineers, Suffern, NY
Growing the Composting Industry in New York State
Kristine Ellsworth, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Albany, NY
Using Strategic Collaboration to Streamline the Permitting Process
Rik Langendoen, Green Mountain Technologies Inc.

Concurrent Session 1C CREF Research Track
Compost Impact on Crops and Soil

Moderator: Chuck Duprey, NaturCycle

8:15 - 9:45 AM202 A/B/C
Sustainable Almond Cultivation in California: Assessing the Impact of Integrated Compost and Cover Crop Strategies on Soil Health and Tree Productivity
Alexia Cooper, University of California Merced
Impact of Soil Amended with Compost on Orchard Nutritional Dynamics and Horticultural Performance.
Ayodeji Idowu, Clemson University
Investigating Soil Organic Matter Composition in Response to Various Compost Types in a Dryland Winter Wheat Agroecosystem
Idowu Atoloye, Utah State University

Concurrent Session 1D Marketing and Use Track
Compost Marketing

Moderator: Gary Gittere, McGill Compost

8:15 - 9:45 AM203 A/B/C
Building the Value of Compost Through Branding, Education, and Sustainable Packaging in Buffalo, NY
Bobbie Armstrong, NOCO Energy
Key to Selling More Compost Than You Can Possibly Make
Kathy Kellogg Johnson, Kellogg Garden Organics, Carson, CA
Non-Compost Competing Products, and How to Sell Against Them
Ron Alexander, R. Alexander Associates, Inc., Apex, NC

Concurrent Session 1E Advocacy/Policy Track
Permitting-Experiences Around the States

Moderator: Kristie Blumer, Compost Crew

8:15 - 9:45 AM201 A/B
Pennsylvania's New Urban Composting Permit
Jennifer Mastalerz, Bennett Compost
Lamoille Soil: The Perfect Trifecta of Regulation, Infrastructure, and Money
Susan Alexander, Lamoille Regional Solid Waste Management District (LRSWMD)
Compost Facility Air Permiting
Tim O'Neill, Engineered Compost Systems, Seattle, WA

Welcome & Opening Keynote

Sponsored by
How the Structural and Functional Integrity of Healthy Soil Can Aid in Climate Resiliency
Didi Pershouse, Land and Leadership Initiative
10:00 AM - 11:30 PMBALLROOM ABC
Lunch Sponsored by Exhibitors11:30 AM - 1:45 PMExhibit Hall
Book Signing: The Composting Handbook, Dr. Robert Rynk; Compost Utilization in Production of Horticultural Crops, Monica Ozores-Hampton, Ph.D11:45 AM - 1:00 PMEntrance to the Exhibit Hall


1:45 - 3:15 PM

Concurrent Session 2A Operations Track
Fire Safety

Moderator: Matt Cotton, Integrated Waste Management Consulting, LLC

1:45 - 3:15 PM102 A/B
Preventing Fires Before They Start
Kurt Schoppe, Viably
Fire Prevention at Compost & Mulch Facilities
Chris Margraves, Garden-Ville
How to Deal with a Fire Once It’s Started: Lessons Learned from Multiple Facility Fires over Eight Years
Andrew Voodre, Dirt Hugger LLC

Concurrent Session 2B Business Track
Business of Operations

Moderator: Brody King, ERTH Products

1:45 - 3:15 PM103 B/C
If You Want To Attract Top Talent You Have To Stand For Something
Corey Hayes, Get Back Here Dog and John Morgan, Viably
How to Make Sound Decisions on Fuel Purchasing for Your Equipment
Dave Gavlick, St. Louis Composting
How to Select Insurance for Your Composting Facility
Patrick Geraty, St. Louis Composting, Valley Park, MO

Concurrent Session 2C CREF Research Track
Update on microplastic degradation, remote sensing of compostable packaging, and PFAS

Moderator: Elly Ventura, World Centric

1:45 - 3:15 PM202 A/B/C
Research results of compostable packaging piles using remote monitoring devices and digital data
David Velez, TAWA Compost and Sashti Balasundaram, WeRadiate
Characterizing PFAS in Commercially Available Compost, Biosolids Fertilizers and Paper Food Packaging
Maryam Saffari Aman, SUNY-ESF
Optimizing Compost Process Conditions to Accelerate Bioplastic Degradation
Tim O'Neill, Engineered Compost Systems, Seattle, WA

Concurrent Session 2D Marketing and Use Track
Compost Use

Moderator: Bob Engel, Engel and Gray

1:45 - 3:15 PM203 A/B/C
Shifts in Compost Use over the Decades
Ron Alexander, R. Alexander Associates, Inc., Apex, NC
STA: The Brand – The Future’s So Bright, You Better Bring Shades!
Allison Forstmann, ReCultivateNY, Inc. and Suzanne Longacre, Laurel Valley Soils
Selling STA Compost by Industry
Dave Harding , Agresource, Inc

Concurrent Session 2E Advocacy/Policy Track
EPR, SB54 and other infrastructure strategies

Moderator: Linda Norris-Waldt, US Composting Council

1:45 - 3:15 PM201 A/B
Compostable Packaging & Infrastructure Challenges: Where California labeling requirements and EPR policies meet
Neil Edgar, California Compost Coalition
Colorado EPR Leads the Way for Composting Funding
Clinton Sander, A1 Organics
How to Scale Composting Infrastructure and Access: Opportunities in Investment and Policy
Caroline Barry, Closed Loop Partners
Networking Break

Sponsored by
3:15 - 415 PMExhibit Hall


4:15 - 5:45 PM

Concurrent Session 3A Operations Track
Municipal Composting

Moderator: Lindsey Walker, Emmett County, MI

4:15 - 5:45 PM102 A/B
Overcoming Challenges to Develop Compost Infrastructure
Chuck Magee, Kern County Public Works Department
Improving Process Efficiencies in Biosolids Composting
Elliot Schneider, City of St. Peters
An Evolving Organics Landscape for Maryland Counties
Regina Cagle Irr, P.E., EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc., PBC, Hunt Valley, MD

Concurrent Session 3B Business Track
Visions of Scale: A Panel Discussion of Three Compost Entrepreneurs

Moderator: Pierce Louis, Dirt Hugger

4:15 - 5:45 PM103 B/C
Visions of Scale: A Panel Discussion of Three Compost Entrepreneurs
Panelist Include:
Christi Turner, Scraps Ltd.
Justin Senkbeil, CompostNow
Michael Robinson, Rust Belt Riders+Tilth Soil, Cleveland, OH

Concurrent Session 3C CREF Research Track
Compost and Soil Health

Moderator: Ginny Black, Trustee, Compost Research & Education Foundation (CREF)

4:15 - 5:45 PM202 A/B/C
Composting for Soil Health – Principles and Practices
Jesse Wiser, Hiwassee Products
Compost Use in Stormwater Bioretention Systems
Andy Erickson, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Using DNA Sequencing to Improve Compost Products
Laura Kavanaugh, Genome Insights LLC, Hillsborough, NC

Concurrent Session 3D Marketing and Use Track
Compost and Climate Resilient Landscapes - A USCC Collaboration with the American Society of Landscape Architects

Moderator: Matt Ball, US Composting Council

4:15 - 5:45 PM203 A/B/C
American Society of Landcare Architects - Climate Action Plan
Emily O'Mahoney , 2GHO
Compost and Climate Resilience
Sally Brown, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Compost Standards and the Basics of Specification
Charles Duprey, Naturcycle, Plainville, NY

Concurrent Session 3E Advocacy/Policy Track
Compost and PFAS

Moderator: Andrew Carpenter, Northern Tilth

4:15 - 5:45 PM201 A/B
PFAS 101: Understanding PFAS in Compost and Biosolids
Shalene Thomas, Battelle, Forest Lake, MN
Protecting Compost Land Application Amid PFAS Concerns -- Current Regulatory and Legal Developments
James Slaughter, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.
Using Compost to Manage PFAS Contamination in Livestock on a Central Maine Farm
Mark King, Maine Department of Environmental Protection
Exhibit Hall Closes5:00 PM