Sustainable Beef Systems Research Group
Dr. Terry Fonstad, P.Eng.
Department of Civil and Geological Engineering
College of Engineering
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, Canada S7N 5A8
As both a researcher and a project engineer, Dr. Fonstad has worked extensively in the area of environmental impacts of intensive livestock operations. His research on the hydraulic conductivity reduction potential of hog manure on various soils was influential in the development of the current Saskatchewan Agricultural Operations Act and Regulations. From 1997 to 2000, he was the PI on a project to document the long-term performance of earthen hog manure storage facilities. Along with collaborators, Dr. Fonstad has studied the potential long-term groundwater and runoff impacts of intensive cattle feeding operations (ICFOs), the composting of animal mortalities, and the control of odour and greenhouse gas emissions from livestock operations. His recent research focuses on assisting western Canadian regulators in dealing with mass mortality events and with the disposal and utilization of meat and bone meal. Dr. Fonstad also reviews documents for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture related to the granting of permits for ICFOs, and he develops short courses related to inorganic aqueous geochemistry for staff members in the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture and in Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development.
Recent Publications Related to Beef Cattle
- Town, J.R., Links, M.G., Fonstad, T.A. and Dumonceaux, T. (2014). Molecular Characterization of Anaerobic Digester Microbial Communities Identifies Microorganisms That Correlate to Reactor Performance, Bioresource Technology, 151, 249-257. Available online at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S096085241301657X
- Town, J.R., Annand, H., Pratt, D., Dumonceaux, T. and Fonstad, T. (2014). Microbial Community Composition is Consistent Across Anaerobic Digesters Processing Wheat-Wased Fuel Ethanol Waste Streams, , Bioresource Technology, accepted for publication January 19, 2014.
- Alotaibi, K., Schoenau, J.J. and Fonstad, T. (2013). Possible utilization of ash from meat and bone meal and dried distillers grains gasification as a phosphorus fertilizer: Crop growth response and changes in soil chemical properties, Journal of Soils and Sediments, 13(6, June 2013), 1024-1031. Available online at: www.engineeringvillage.com
- Campbell, W.A., Fonstad, T., Pugsley, T. and Gerspacher, R. (2012). MBM fuel feeding system design and evaluation for FBG pilot plant, Waste Management, 32(6, June 2012), 1138-1147. Available online at: www.sciencedirect.com
- Pratt, D.L., Dumonceaux, T.J., Links, M.G. and Fonstad, T. (2012). Influence of Mass Burial of Animal Carcasses on the Types and Quantities of Microorganisms within a Burial Site, Transactions of the ASABE, 55(6), 2195-2212. Available online at: elibrary.asabe.org
- Gaudet, M. and Fonstad, T.A. (2012). Bench Scale Optimization of Solid State Anareobic Digestion Operation Parameters for Cattle Feedlot Manure, 4th Annual Farm and Food Biogas Conference and Exhibition, London, Ontario, March 5-7, 2012.
- Pratt, D.L., Dumonceaux, T.J. and T.A. Fonstad. 2010. Determination of Microbial Communities beneath Livestock Burial Sites. Presented at the 2010 ASABE North Central Intersectional Conference Meeting. Saskatoon, SK. ASABE Publication #MBSK10-103. 14 pages Oct. 8, 2010
- Pratt, D.L and T.A. Fonstad, 2010. Final Report on the Determination of the Biology and Groundwater Chemistry Below Livestock Burial Sites, Prepared for Saskatchewan Agriculture and Manitoba Livestock Management. December 2010.
- Pratt, D.L. and T.A. Fonstad. 2009. Livestock Mortalities Burial Leachate Chemistry After Two Years Decomposition. Presented at the 2009 ASABE International Meeting, Reno, NV. June 21-23, 2009. ASABE Publication # 095705.
- Pratt, D.L. and T.A. Fonstad. 2009. Livestock Mortalities Burial Leachate Chemistry After Two Years Decomposition. Presented at the 3rd International Symposium on Management of Animal Carcasses, Tissues and Related By-products. Davis, CA. July 21-23, 2009, http://extension.umaine.edu/ByproductsSymposium09/proceedings/InternationalSymposiumProceedings.pdf
- Soni, C.G., Z. Wang, A.K., Dalai, T. Pugsley and T. Fonstad. 2009. Hydrogen production via gasification of meat and bone meal in two-stage fixed bed reactor system. Fuel, Vol. 88, Issue 5, May 2009, 920-925.
- Pratt, D. L. and T.A. Fonstad, 2009. Livestock mortalities burial leachate chemistry after two years of decomposition, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2009, v 2, p 758-774, 2009, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2009
- Pratt, D.L. and T.A. Fonstad. 2009. Geochemical Implications of Livestock Mortalities Burial. Presented at the 3rd International Symposium on Management of Animal Carcasses, Tissues and Related By-products. Davis, CA. July 21-23, 2009. http://extension.umaine.edu/ByproductsSymposium09/proceedings/InternationalSymposiumProceedings.pdf
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