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US Composting Council brings National Conference to Phoenix in January

US Composting Council brings National Conference to Phoenix in January

More than 1,000 members of the commercial composting community will be gathered Jan. 28-31 2019, for the first time in the Phoenix, AZ region, for the annual conference of the US Composting Council in an era of infrastructure challenges, keen attention to food scrap diversion and the link between compost and climate change.

The Conference features a trade show of nearly 100 vendors of equipment and services related to commercial composting, one of the most rapidly growing industries in the US. Nationally known speakers include keynote Judith Schwartz, author of Cows Save the Planet, Joe Lamp'l, star of PBS's Growing a Greener World, Jeff Lowenfels, expert on the soil-food-web and organic gardening; and Rhonda Sherman, nationally known vermiculture expert.

"Our conference focus on the role of compost in regenerative agriculture and carbon sequestration to mitigate climate change is in response to the intense interest in these concepts," said Frank Franciosi, Executive Director of the USCC.

As a result, the demand by citizens, policymakers and elected leaders for more food scrap diversion and compost production for healthy soil has driven a clamor for more access to facilities where compost is produced. The annual USCC event conference serves as a place for new entrepreneurs to be trained and learn best business practices; an exchange for members to work on policy issues to solve challenges to development of composting businesses; and a location for compost manufacturers and collectors of organic materials to find the newest vendors of services and products.

Additionally the second annual Emerging Composter Challenge, a national pitch contest for the compost industry, will be held Wednesday, January 30. On Thursday, Jan. 31, an outdoor Equipment and Demonstration Day, the only show of its kind where compost windrow turners, screens, grinders and other large equipment are displayed and operated for visitors by the world's major vendors of such equipment.

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