I have had a lot of opportunities to work on some ambitious projects while at AGPROfessionals and it is hard to choose just one. However, I would say I am proud of working with the Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) to approve the In-Situ Liner Test to be used on CAFOs in Idaho. AGPROfessionals’ performs this test in other states and provided a trial run on a dairy in Idaho. ISDA reviewed the procedure and test data and approved the test to be used. This liner test gives the existing Idaho CAFOs a liner testing option that does not require the producers to take a lagoon out of operation. It has been rewarding to provide options for existing operations that allow them to continue focusing on their day-to-day operation while working to meet the state requirements.
Below is a synopsis of the liner testing system Valene mentions above.
AGPROfessionals is excited to announce our In-Situ Liner Test to help producers comply with the liner certification requirements for dairy containment and storage governed by Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA). The In-Situ Liner Test allows dairies to continue to operate without cleaning the pond or taking the pond out of production while the test is being conducted. AGPROfessionals will install the test with very sensitive equipment and monitor seepage rates on the pond over a three to four-week period. If the pond passes the seepage requirements, AGPROfessionals will issue the operator a professional engineer-stamped liner certification. If the pond does not pass, AGPROfessionals will either conduct a follow up test and/or provide recommendations for the next steps. AGPROfessionals has been conducting these tests in other states for over 10-years. The In-Situ Test has been approved by ISDA and ISDA is excited to have AGPROfessionals offer dairies a feasible option that allow dairymen to continue operating their pond during testing, which is not always possible with other liner tests.