Governor Phil Scott announcing state funding awarded for innovative technologies to separate and extract phosphorus
from various waste streams as part of Stage Three of the Vermont Phosphorus Innovation Challenge (VPIC).
The Vermont Department of Agriculture received a $500,000 grant for the next step in the Vermont Phosphorus Innovation Challenge. Dr. Michael Curtis, a member of the Agricultural Digesters team, leads this collaborative effort with Magic Dirt of Little Rock AR, the University of Vermont and DVO of Chilton, WI.
Water quality improvements will result from the capture of dairy manure nutrients, most importantly phosphorus, a contaminant of critical concern in Vermont and numerous states nationwide. Captured nutrients will be the basis of a high-quality fertilizer produced in Vermont. This new product will be an alternative to fossil-fuel based fertilizer and could result in significant additional top-line revenue and bottom-line profit to dairy farmers with digesters in the region.