Dairy Industry Applauds White House Strategy

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America’s dairy farmers, cooperatives, processors, manufacturers, and other industry leaders applaud today’s announcement by the White House of a Biogas and Energy Roadmap to reduce methane emissions from agriculture. In its announcement, the White House formally cited the work of the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy’s Sustainability Council, whose efforts in part include a partnership with the U.S. Department of …

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Dairies to See More Opportunities to Turn Waste to Energy

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture extends the deadline on a program that could see more farmers, especially those in the dairy industry, turning livestock waste into energy. The deadline to submit for funds under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) and Dairy Industry Memorandum of Understanding has been extended to to May 31, 2013. During a teleconference moderated by …

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ISU Seeks Input on DDGs

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Iowa State University is conducting a survey of livestock producers use of feed-related co-products from ethanol production (distillers grains). The survey is focused on the beef, dairy, swine and poultry sectors. It is being funded by a coalition consisting of the Renewable Fuels Association, the Distillers Grains Technology Council and the Corn Utilization Councils from Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska. “The …

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USDA and Dairy Industry Renew MOU

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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack today renewed a historic agreement with U.S. dairy producers to accelerate the adoption of innovative waste-to-energy projects and energy efficiency improvements on U.S. dairy farms, both of which help producers diversify revenues and reduce utility expenses on their operations. The pact extends a Memorandum of Understanding signed in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2009. “Through this renewed commitment, USDA …

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Healthy People, Healthy Product’s and A Healthy Planet

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The National Association of Farm Broadcasting’s annual Trade Talk brought together agricultural journalists and leading agricultural companies to discuss industry issues. The dairy industry was well represented and I took the opportunity to talk with a representative from the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. Laura Mandell serves as the Vice President in Sustainability Communications, she shared with me how the …

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Agriculture Energy Forum to Be Held

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Want to better understand natural gas production on agriculture lands? Be sure to register for the Keystone Energy Forum’s “Agriculture Forum” on October 29th in Williamsport, Pa. Held in partnership with the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania (PDMP) and PennAg Industries Association, the “Agricultural Forum” will focus on natural gas development and its interaction with Pennsylvania’s agricultural community. The October …

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Curtimade Dairy Goes Solar

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Curtimade Dairy based in Tulare, California, has added solar energy into its agribusiness operations. The 100 year old, 3,000 cow dairy business recently completed the installation of a 719 kilowatt (kW) solar array featuring SunSeek Tracker, a technology developed by SPG Solar.  It is estimated Curtimade will save $145,000 per year in energy costs and fuels nearly 85 percent of …

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Cheese Waste Product Powers Utah State Dragster

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A team of engineering students from Utah State University has set a new land speed record using a car that burns a new form of sustainable biofuel made from a waste product of the cheese manufacturing process. “How many people get to drive a car they helped build with fuel they created from a living microorganism?” asks USU undergrad biochemist …

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Dairy Producer Supports Farm Bill Energy Programs

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The House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy and Forestry was urged to reauthorize Farm Bill energy programs and provide them with mandatory funding during a hearing on “Formulation of the 2012 Farm Bill: Energy and Forestry Programs” on Friday. Steve Reinford of Reinford Farms in Mifflintown, Pennsylvania testified about how investing in an anaerobic digester with the help of USDA …

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Webinars Available on Digester Systems

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Two educational webinars, planned for March 14, will examine finance issues and technology options for installing and maintaining anaerobic digester systems. The webinars, each three hours in length, will address two critical issues in the decision-making process: financing installation and operation of a digester system, as well as the rate of return on the investment, and technology options–what they are …

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