EPA Admin Visits Missouri to Talk WOTUS & Energy

Jamie Johansen

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt visited rural Missourians, April 20, 2017, at the Thomas Hill Energy Center in Clifton Hill, Mo. The Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives hosted the event, which also featured U.S. Senator Roy Blunt and all major agricultural organizations. “It is fitting that the farm and ranch families we represent stand alongside the rural electric …

Ag Group, Beef, Cattle, energy, EPA, Government, Water

Sustainable Innovation on Dairy Farms

Jamie Johansen

Elanco Animal Health’s seminar at the Central Plains Dairy Expo highlighted the role of innovation in the dairy industry. Dr. Roger Cady, Global Sustainability Lead, Scientific Affairs & Policy for Elanco talked about the positive impact of innovation on the I-29 Dairy Corridor which includes Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota. “Producers along the I-29 Corridor are recognized as leaders …

Agribusiness, Audio, Dairy, dairy farming, Elanco, energy, environment, Livestock, sustainability

DFA, Vanguard Renewables Partner On Renewable Energy

Lizzy Schultz

Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) and Vanguard Renewables have announced a strategic partnership to help bring anaerobic digestion technology to more farms across the country. Although renewable energy methods, like anaerobic digesters that convert manure to energy, offer solutions to the waste management and sustainability challenges facing the dairy industry, they are not broadly used on American dairy farms. The …

Ag Group, Biogas, Dairy, energy, sustainability, Waste Management

NCBA, PLC Praise Effort to Curb Abuse of Antiquities Act

Jamie Johansen

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council applaud the introduction of the Improved National Monument Designation Process Act, championed by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). The bill, which has 25 co-sponsors, would require congressional and state approval for the designation of any new monument. “Executive branch abuse of the Antiquities Act has moved …

Ag Group, Beef, energy, Government, Land, NCBA, PLC

California Dairy Farm Goes Solar

Lizzy Schultz

Joseph Gallo Farms has unveiled a new 2 megawatt (MW) solar array to supply renewable energy on-site for the family’s dairy farm. The system is the largest privately owned solar system ever installed on a California dairy. “Sustainable farming has been a core value in our family starting with my grandfather, Joseph Gallo,” said third-generation dairy farmer and cheesemaker Peter …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Dairy, dairy farming, energy, environment

NCC Calls for Reduction of 2017 Ethanol Levels

Lizzy Schultz

The National Chicken Council (NCC) has stated their support for recent efforts to create a more reasonable and sustainable approach to the nation’s biofuel fuel policy. The organization believes that the diversion of corn from feed to fuel exacts a heavy toll on U.S. chicken producers, as well as American consumers, at the pump and the plate. “NCC believes the …

Ag Group, Chicken, Company Announcement, energy, EPA, ethanol, Feed, Government, National Chicken Council, Policy

Duke Energy's 2nd Swine Waste Power Deal

Jamie Johansen

Duke Energy has finalized a second deal in 2016 to buy captured methane gas derived from swine waste. The planned project will be at farms in Kenansville, N.C. The project will use captured methane gas to generate carbon neutral renewable electricity at two power stations. Optima KV will construct a digester at each farm and pipe the captured methane gas …

Agribusiness, energy, Swine, Waste Management

NCC Voices Concern Over 2017 RFS Proposal

Lizzy Schultz

The National Chicken Council (NCC) expressed concern following The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) release earlier this week of the proposed 2017 biofuel required volume obligation (RVO) under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), which will require refiners to blend up to 18.8 billion gallons of biofuels into the U.S. fuel supply next year. The mandate for conventional corn-based ethanol was proposed …

Ag Group, corn, energy, EPA, ethanol, National Chicken Council

Great Green Fleet Powered by Midwest Beef Tallow

Jamie Johansen

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack kicked off the Great Green Fleet with the deployment of the USS John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCS CSG) during a ceremony Wednesday in California. At the end of the ceremony, the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Stockdale left the pier to begin its deployment, becoming …

Beef, energy, usda

Green Cow Power Wins Biogas Award

Joanna Schroeder

Power to poop! DVO, its partner Magic Dirt and customer Green Cow Power all received biogas awards during the American Biogas Council’s (ABC) annual awards program. “We are honored that DVO, Green Cow Power and Magic Dirt all received ABC biogas awards this year,” said DVO, Inc. president, Steve Dvorak. “Everything we do at DVO is focused on furthering innovation …

award, Biogas, Dairy, energy