Waste Management Research

In the University of Arkansas Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department, Professor Jun Zhu has been working on sustainable methods of turning agricultural waste into valuable products. These projects include turning livestock and poultry waste into renewable energy sources, generating poly-lactic acid from waste to produce bio-degradable plastics, and developing ways in which farmers can produce their own organic fertilizer. These projects are aimed at creating a cycle that benefits farmers economically, benefits the environment and allows the agricultural process to become more sustainable through effective waste management.

With the worldwide population projected to increase rapidly in the future, the demands on food and agriculture are going to be greater. These research projects aim to make agricultural production more efficient and sustainable to meet the needs of our future generations by improving food production while preserving the environment. Reusing the waste in agriculture will allow the industry to produce its own products, making the agricultural process more economically sustainable and self-sufficient.