Enviro Stewardship on Poultry, Egg Farms – #EarthDay

Jamie Johansen

In observance of Earth Day, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) is highlighting two videos from its series emphasizing environmental stewardship on poultry and egg farms and on poultry companies with exemplary performance at water reclamation. Riverhill Farms, Port Republic, Va., is a recipient of USPOULTRY’s Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award, which recognizes exemplary environmental stewardship by family farms engaged …

Ag Group, Eggs, environment, Poultry, Waste Management, Water

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

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

NMPAN Hosting Waste Management Webinar

Lizzy Schultz

Managing, treating and removing solid waste and wastewater often comes at a significant cost for small-scale meat processing facilities, and the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network (NMPAN) will be hosting a free webinar on waste management for processing plants on March 30th. The webinar will begin at 1 pm ET and will last approximately one hour. The webinar will provide …

Ag Group, Meat, Policy, Waste Management, Webinar

Bion Files Patent in Livestock Waste Treatment

Jamie Johansen

Bion Environmental Technologies, Inc. is a livestock waste treatment technology provider who has filed a new patent application for a process that recovers a nitrogen-rich, natural, non-synthetic fertilizer product from a livestock waste stream. The product is produced by Bion’s next-generation livestock waste treatment technology platform without the use of chemical additives. Bion has retained consultants and is preparing a …

Agribusiness, environment, Fertilizer, Waste Management

MagneGas Achieves Manure Sterilization in Indiana

Jamie Johansen

MagneGas Corporation, a technology company that counts among its inventions a patented process that converts liquid waste into a hydrogen-based fuel, announced that it has completed initial testing of its Venturi™ sterilization system which has been deployed to a major hog farm in Indiana. The testing showed that the MagneGas system achieved full sterilization of manures. The testing occurred over …

Agribusiness, Swine, Waste Management

Water Quality Important to Michigan Livestock Producers

Cindy Zimmerman

Michigan agricultural leaders held a conference call Thursday morning to discuss algae bloom issues and proactive water quality efforts being undertaken by producers in the state. “Michigan agriculture is proactive and part of the solution when it comes to water quality issues in the Western Basin of Lake Erie and surrounding areas,” said Jim Byrum, president of the Michigan Agri-Business …

Ag Group, Audio, Waste Management, Water

Dairies to See More Opportunities to Turn Waste to Energy

John Davis

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 …

Audio, energy, usda, Waste Management

USDA and Dairy Industry Renew MOU

Cindy Zimmerman

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 …

Audio, energy, sustainability, usda, Waste Management

BiOWiSH Gets Organic Certification for Effluent Additive

Cindy Zimmerman

BiOWiSH Technologies recently received organic certification from the Washington State Department of Agriculture for an all-natural on-farm effluent management and odor control product. The approval allows the use of BiOWiSH™ Manure & Odor Treatment on organic beef and dairy farms in the United States. “Organic dairy farmers can now use BiOWISH™ to help break down solids in manure lagoons, preventing …

Waste Management