AgSTAR hosts webinars to communicate program updates and review technical issues and opportunities related to biogas recovery. Details about AgSTAR's webinars are provided below, including links to register for upcoming webinars and downloadable presentations and recordings. AgSTAR also promotes and provides access to other industry webinars.
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Win-Win Potential of Anaerobic Digesters: Helping Farmers Invest in Projects that Protect the Environment
Hosted by the Council of State Governments Midwestern Office
Dec 18, 2023
This webinar focused on anaerobic digestion basics and policy and funding opportunities to help expand the use of on-farm anaerobic digesters. It was organized by the CSG Midwestern Legislative Conference Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee, and led by AgSTAR program managers.
AgSTAR Tools and Resources: Understanding the Financial and Environmental Benefits of Anaerobic Digestion
Hosted by EPA
December 5, 2023
Presenters from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) introduced the AgSTAR Program and provided an overview of tools and resources available to support anaerobic digestion projects. Attendees learned how to estimate the economic feasibility and environmental benefits of anaerobic digestion using the Anaerobic Digestion Screening Tool and Organics Economics (OrganEcs).
The AgSTAR Program: Practices to Reduce Methane Emissions from Livestock Manure Management
Hosted by USDA NRCS Science and Technology
Jan 24, 2023 2:00 pm (Eastern)
On Demand Webinar & post test available for CEU Credits
Join us for this webinar during which we will discuss practices that can reduce methane emissions from livestock manure management and key considerations for implementing these practices. This resource provides information to help evaluate market-ready manure management practices that can reduce methane emissions (when switching from an anaerobic lagoon). The key considerations and requirements of each practice will be discussed.
- View the webinar recording, presentation and post-test
CEU Credits/Certificate Offered:
- Certified Crop Advisors (CCA) - 1 hour CCA - S Credit
- Certificate of Participation
- Conservation Planner (CP) - 1 hour Conservation Planning Credit
Newtrient Webinar Series: A Four-Part Series on Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) for Farms
Someday as much as 10% of RNG in the U.S. pipeline could come from farm digesters. The opportunities for farms to create RNG are growing, but it can be challenging to keep tabs on this growing renewable energy space. This webinar series hosted by Newtrient featured RNG specialists, economists and dairy farmers who provided a step by step approach to ensuring a successful RNG project – from start to finish.
1) Will Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) Work on Your Farm?
Is your farm a good fit for an RNG project? What types of projects are available?
October 13, 2021 at 12 PM CT
2) How to Choose Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) Partners
What agreements do you need to ensure a successful project?
October 27, 2021 at 12 PM CT
3) Permitting, Contracts & Financing for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) Projects
What do you need to know?
November 10, 2021 at 12 PM CT
4) Get Ready to Break Ground on Your Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) Project
What steps do you need to take to ensure success?
December 1, 2021 at 12 PM CT
Coupling Manure Digesters with Renewable Natural Gas Systems
Hosted by Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Community (LPELC)
April 16, 2021 at 2:30 pm (Eastern)
This webinar explores where, how, and when it makes sense to merge manure digesters with natural gas pipelines. The webinar shares national, project specific and farm-level perspectives.
AgSTAR Webinar: AgSTAR’s Operator Guidebook
Hosted by AgSTAR
December 15, 2020 at 1:00 pm (Eastern)
This webinar highlighted key chapters of the Operator Guidebook and featured insights and a Q&A session with AD experts.
Webinar: AgSTAR’s Anaerobic Digestion Resource for Farms
Hosted by: NERC (Northeast Recycling Council)/NEWMOA (Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association)
July 16, 2020 at 1:00 pm (Eastern)
This webinar discussed the details of setting up and operating an on-farm AD system starting with EPA’s AgSTAR Anaerobic Digestion Project Development Handbook.
AgSTAR Webinar: AgSTAR’s Anaerobic Digester Project Development Handbook
Hosted by AgSTAR
May 27, 2020 at 1:00 pm (Eastern)
This AgSTAR webinar discussed the new, 3rd Edition Project Development Handbook.
AgSTAR Webinar: Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) Projects in the Agricultural Sector
Hosted by AgSTAR
March 27, 2019 at 1:00 pm (Eastern)
This AgSTAR webinar focused on RNG projects in the agricultural sector.
AgSTAR Webinar: Federal Financing Resources for Anaerobic Digesters
Hosted by AgSTAR in partnership with USDA
May 9, 2018 at 1:00 pm (Eastern)
Participants heard from AgSTAR and USDA representatives who described funding opportunities and support services available to anaerobic digester operators. Webinar topics included available grant and loan programs, details about the grant and loan award selection process, tips for how to apply for USDA funding, technical services available, and how to contact your USDA extension agent.
Webinar: Anaerobic Digestion Systems
Hosted by AgSTAR Partner, the University of Nebraska – Lincoln (a member of the Nebraska Methane Workgroup)
August 11, 2017 at 2:30 pm (Eastern)
Presenters discussed the value of anaerobic digestion systems as well as the challenges that may come along when using them. Topics included improving the economic feasibility of anaerobic digestion on dairy farms, innovative business models that are in use in the United States, and how developing regions are using small-scale digesters to produce a more reliable energy source.
AgSTAR Webinar: Innovative Business Models for AD Projects (Parts 1 and 2)
Part 1: March 15, 2017; Part 2: May 24, 2017
This two-part webinar included presentations from industry leaders about innovative business models for anaerobic digestion. Topics included:
- How to establish successful business arrangements with farmers, project developers and other organizations
- How AD project risks and benefits can be shared among multiple parties
- Experiences of AD system operators
- Sustainable production of renewable energy and coproducts using AD
- Hub-and-spoke model of hauling manure from several farms to a centralized digester
- USDA grant and loan opportunities for digesters
Webinar: Farm-to-Power - Harvesting Renewable Gas from Agricultural Sources
June 10, 2016 at 2 pm US/Eastern
This webinar highlighted two agricultural operations that are pioneering renewable gas development in California, including how the projects were funded, the technology evaluation and development process, key lessons learned, and future plans. Both biogas ventures represent the kinds of renewable gas projects featured at the ReThink Methane Symposium (June 29-30, 2016, Sacramento, California) with emphasis on breaking down economic/regulatory barriers and implementing policies/incentive to encourage such strategies.
Webinar: Emerging Manure to Energy Technologies - Are Cost Effective Small Scale Digesters Possible?
June 1, 2016 at 2 pm US/Eastern
Sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) – Northeast Climate Hub, participants of this webinar provided the opportunity to learn about small-scale manure digesters. Topics of the webinar included current research of the technology, technologies that are currently available, the costs and benefits of their operation, and future possibilities for the technology. Participants also learned about the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) program eligibility and grant and loan opportunities.