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COUNTRY LIFE Ohio’s Country Journal


First of its kind Ohio plant will turn manure into dry fertilizer


BY HEATHER HETTERICK, OHIO AG NET AG Conversions, LLC is building


the first of its kind production plant that converts livestock manure into dry organic fertilizer in Mercer County. The Ohio Grand Lake Watershed


Facility will be located on St. Rt. 127 just north of St. Rt. 119. Amiran Technologies of Oak Creek, Wisconsin is the parent company of AG Conversions, LLC. The company spe- cializes in taking physical and chemical waste that has no commercial value and breaking the bond at the fine par- tial level and separating it into usable products with no byproducts. An aggressive timeline has been set


for the construction project. “We want to have fertilizer product


available for row crop applications this fall. Our plan is to break ground in late April or early May and be producing product in August,” said Paul Chadwick, Executive Vice President of Market Development for Amiran Technologies. “What that means as it relates to livestock manure is that for the first time ever, you can take raw animal manure and separate out the pathogens, e-coli, antibiotics and hor- mones, neutralize those, eliminate them and convert the manure into a high efficient organic fertilizer.” The facility will custom blend fertil-


izers to meet specific market needs. Some fertilizer blends will contain little to no phosphorus, since that is believed to be a contributing factor to the algae blooms in the watershed. The fertilizer


will also be treated with an odor control formula. “I’ve been working on this science


since the early 1990s,” said Mohsen Amiran, founder and Chief Technology Officer of Amiran Technologies. “Our idea is to stabilize the existing phos- phorus. That eliminates the need for further additional phosphate.” They were first made aware of


the phosphorus problem through a friend from the Grand Lake area. They began talks with people in the area just this past July. Chadwick acknowl- edged that people were skeptical of them at first, so they brought a production line to Maria Stein to prove the science. “We’ve joined with some local part-


ners in the area. There are a couple of LLC’s that have just been formed,” Chadwick said. Manure will be delivered by semi to


the plant by Ag Trans LLC. The plant will provide 60 direct jobs and use 400,000 tons of manure a year to pro- duce just less than 600,000 tons of the dry, granular product. The enhanced organic fertilizer will be sold to farmers within about a 300-mile radius of the plant through cooperation with Innovative Ag Nutrients, LLC that is a joint partnership between AG Conversions LLC, and VanTilburg Farms, Inc. in Celina. The site will be built in phases. The


first phase will consist of construction of the manure-settling pond, the


Mohsen Amiran, founder and Chief Technology Officer and Paul Chadwick, Executive Vice President of Market Development for Amiran Technologies are adding a new facility in the Grand Lake St. Marys Watershed.


30,000-square-foot manufacturing building and the building for the dry storage of the finished product. Phase two of construction will add a 7,000 square foot visitor/research center that includes a glass corridor that looks into the manufacturing facility. In addition to using local manure,


Amiran got samples of the sediment that is being dredged from Grand Lake St. Marys and developed a way to turn it into nutrient rich potting soil that can be sold to the public. The company has created a mobile unit that they plan to transport to each dredging site to


reclaim the dredged sediment. AG Conversions is also working


on a watershed-friendly organic fertil- izer that will make the phosphorus in the soil bind to the soil in a fashion where it is plant available with minimal run-off. “It will keep phosphorus in the soil


until the plants need it, staying in the bond state where it doesn’t run off,” Chadwick said. After this plant is up, AG


Conversions LLC is looking to also place plants in California, Texas and Minnesota.


The plan is to break ground in late April or early May and be producing product in August. 26 Ohio’s Country Journal • ocj.com • May 2012


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