Recent Updates

  1. Economic Implications of Anaerobic Digestion for Bioenergy Production and Waste Management

    Anaerobic digestion (AD) is a biochemical process that uses microorganisms to degrade organic materials. AD is a mature technology used for decades as a waste stabilization and/or bioenergy production process. AD transforms organic matter into biogas and a nutrient-rich effluent or “digestate.” Biogas is a mixture of gases, mainly methane (CH4) and carbon dioxide (CO2), which can be either burned directly for heat and power generation, or upgraded to be used as a transportation fuel.
  2. Hops Downy Mildew

    Downy mildew is the most wide spread and destructive disease of hops (Humulus lupulus) in the Midwest and Northeastern United States. Downy mildew is caused by the fungal-like pathogen Pseudoperonospora humuli and is most severe during wet weather and mild temperatures. The disease is systemic and can cause significant yield and quality losses annually.
  3. Protecting Against Noise for Trainers and Supervisors

    Objective: Use proper protection against unsafe noise levels. Trainer’s Note Workers have nothing to lose—but a lot to gain—by protecting their hearing. For this module:
  4. Protecting Against Cold for Trainers and Supervisors

    Objective: Identify general tips to prevent the harmful effects of cold weather. Trainer’s Note Landscaping and horticulture work often occurs in cold environments. For this module:
  5. Portable Fire Extinguishers for Trainers and Supervisors

    Objective: Identify the types of fire extinguishers and use them properly. Trainer’s Note All fires are not the same. Workers need to know which fire extinguisher to use for each type of fire. For this module:
  6. Workplace Violence for Trainers and Supervisors

    Objective: Identify the types of workplace violence and recognize behaviors that might lead to workplace violence. Trainer’s Note Workplace violence can range from verbal abuse to murder. For this module:
  7. Wood Chippers and Shredders Safety for Trainers and Landscapers

    Objective: Operate wood chippers and shredders safely. Trainer’s Note Sharp knives and powerful engines make wood chippers and shredders dangerous tools. For this module:
  8. Trenching and Excavation Safety for Trainers and Supervisors

    Objective: Demonstrate safe trenching and excavation. Trainer’s Note Trenching and excavation can be dangerous activities, leading to serious injuries and even death. For this module:
  9. Tree Pruning, Trimming, and Felling Safety for Trainers and Supervisors

    Objective: Identify the risks in tree pruning, trimming, and felling and how to avoid them. Trainer’s Note Pruning, trimming, and felling trees all involve serious hazards. For this module:
  10. Tree Pruning and Ladder Safety for Trainers and Supervisors

    Objective: Use safe procedures for tripod, closed top, extension, and straight ladders. Trainer’s Note Workers can use different kinds of ladders to prune and trim trees. Each type of ladder requires safe practices. For this module: