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Innovation in Treatment of Food Processing Wastewater

Dr. Mancl will discuss her new wastewater treatment technology that helped an Ohio meat processor save over $10 million dollars. Background: A sand bioreactor system was developed based on research conducted at The Ohio State University. This university-industry partnership saved jobs, money, and is protecting the environment with effluents exceeding the quality of conventional treatment systems. Clean, quiet, and simple are the best words to describe the appearance of this new sand bioreactor system constructed at the meat processing facility. In fact, some people might mistake the treatment system for a park. No odor emanating from the plant is a feature neighbors most appreciate.

About Our Presenter:

Dr. Karen Mancl is a Professor of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering of Ohio State University. Her research and expertise span a wide range of wastewater management and treatment topics.  Through the Soil Environment Technology Learning Lab, created in 2000, Dr. Karen Mancl and her colleague Dr. Brian Slater offer educational programs and conduct research in onsite wastewater treatment systems for Ohio.

To access the free webinar (registration is not necessary):

On Thursday May 5th, go to: and select β€œEnter as a Guest” and type your name or organization in the box below. You will then be directed to the NCRCRD Innovations in Agriculture Adobe Connect page. Currently, a flyer for the upcoming webinar is posted on the page.

This webinar is part of the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD) continuing series β€œInnovations in Agriculture and Rural Development.”

Previous webinars are available at:

Webinars feature technology and development opportunities from the 12 North Central land-grants and all our webinars are free to anyone interested. Our primary goal is to help disseminate information regarding new innovations in agriculture. Our secondary goal is to help generate potential intermediate/end user feedback regarding technologies and opportunities. This is a great platform for private industry to connect with university researchers and administrators.

If you have any questions about the presentation you can email John Mann ( or call his office phone (517) 353-2129. Finally, John's MSU and LinkedIn profiles are included:.



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