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The 2014 U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards, which recognize and honor the long-standing commitment of U.S. dairy farms and companies to a healthy future for the next generation, gave awards to:

Learn how these farms and companies are achieving their sustainability goals on the U.S. Dairy website.

The inaugural American Biogas Council Biogas Project of the Year Awards recognize projects that have made a significant impact on the development of the biogas industry and excelled in four areas: innovation, technology, collaboration and managing complex systems. Agricultural Biogas Project of the Year award recipients included:

Additionally, AgSTAR Partner Michigan State University received the American Biogas Council’s Institutional Biogas Project of the Year award for their South Campus Anaerobic Digester in East Lansing, MI.

Read the American Biogas Council press release (PDF) for more information about these awards.

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USDA Rural Development Kicks Off National Agriculture Conference (03/27/2012) is a press release highlighting the event that took place at the start up of the Cayuga County Soil and Water Regional Digester in Auburn, New York. The event occurred during the Got Manure? conference site tour of the digester.

BioCycle (02/2012) published "Farm Digester Industry in America," which describes the current state of the anaerobic digester industry, as well as emerging trends. AgSTAR Program Managers, Allison Costa and Chris Voell co-wrote the article. Although growth is steady in the market, changes are needed to combat the lack of capital and out-of-date energy policies that have proven to be obstacles for anaerobic digester projects. Progressive business models and updated utility programs and policies are highlighted to exemplify the kinds of innovations being utilized to drive the market forward.

BioCycle (04/2011) interviewed Chris Voell, AgSTAR National Program Manager, to discuss the challenges and future of livestock methane as a viable renewable energy source, and highlighted the recent industry success with on-farm anaerobic digesters.

Progressive Dairyman (03/27/2011) has written an article regarding AgSTAR's report on Market Opportunities for Biogas Recovery Systems at U.S. Livestock Facilities.

Looking into AgSTAR (01/14/2011) is a segment of the Line on Agriculture program promoting AgSTAR and its upcoming conference in Boise, Idaho that aired on the Ag Information Network.

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EPA Administrator and Agriculture Secretary Team Up to Promote Farm Energy Generation (05/03/2010) is a press release announcing a new interagency agreement promoting renewable energy generation and slashing greenhouse gas emissions from livestock operations. A fact sheet about the agreement (PDF) (3 pp, 62K) describes how EPA and USDA are working together through the AgSTAR Program to promote anaerobic digester technology. Efforts focus on outreach, technical information, and energy policy support.

Other News Items

Brown Gold: Project Turns Dairy Farm Into Cellulosic Bio-Refinery highlights a project in Wisconsin that is utilizing USDA REAP funding to produce energy from a resource that is in little danger of running low: cow manure, or “brown gold.”

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Funding to Produce Renewable Energy for Rural Communities and Reduce Energy Costs for Small Businesses and Farms in Eight States is a press release issued by the USDA announcing Rural Energy for America Program awards for anaerobic digester projects in eight states to encourage renewable energy production, reduce energy costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and farm-based pollution.

The Biogas Opportunity: Wisconsin Farms Takes Early Lead discusses the development of biogas energy from anaerobic digestion. The article by Gary Radloff was published in the March/April 2011 issue of EnergyBiz Magazine.

The Biogas Opportunity in Wisconsin (PDF) (64 pp, 5MB) is a strategic plan for capitalizing on biogas energy in Wisconsin. The March 2011 plan was published by the Wisconsin Bioenergy Initiative.

Fixed Film Anaerobic Digester (PDF) (3 pp, 158K) describes the installation process and take-home messages from a dairy farm in Alachua County, Florida. This research attempt at installing a fixed film anaerobic digester was spearheaded by the University of Florida's Dairy Research Unit. The September 2000 article by Ann Wilkie is reprinted with permission from Biocycle.

Methane Recovery from Manure: Control Odor and Produce Energy provides quick details about several anaerobic digester projects across Iowa. The Fall 1999 paper by Paul Miller of USDA was published in the Iowa State Extension Bulletin.

Manure Cover Pays for Itself in Quality of Life for Williamsburg Family is a short article by Tracy Peterson of ISU Extension Communication Systems that presents the installation of one family's synthetic manure cover. The article was published in the Fall 1999 Iowa State Extension Bulletin.

Covered Lagoon Controls Odors (PDF) (2 pp, 5.03MB) is reprinted with permission from the August 1999 issue of National Hog Farmer magazine. The article profiles Julian Barham, a North Carolina farmer who installed a digester on his hog farm that now produces electricity.

Methane Digester: Odor Reduction Breakthrough details how one hog farm solved its odor problem through the installation of a digester. The August 1999 article by Joe Vansickle was published in the National Hog Farmer magazine.

Making Methane-Recovery Work: Methane from Animal By-Products is Feasible Energy Source (PDF) (3 pp, 111K) is an article from the March 1997 issue of DQA's Quest that provides a basic overview of the methane recovery process.

Anaerobic Digestion Gets New Life on Farms (PDF) (5 pp, 108K) gives an over-arching view of the growth of biogas systems across the United States since the 1970s. The January 1997 piece by David Riggle was reprinted with the permission of BioCycle.

Project Weds Economics, Environment (PDF) (2 pp, 18K) is an article by Janet Kubat Willette that recounts how Haubenschild Dairy Farm installed an anaerobic digester on its property and garnered attention from a local power cooperative. The piece was reprinted with the permission of Agri News.

Green is the Color of “Cow Power” (PDF) (2 pp, 69K) provides another take on the Haubenschild Farm digester and some of the sources of funding that played a role. The piece by Janet Kubat Willette was reprinted with the permission of Agri News.

Anaerobic Digestion at Dairy Farms (PDF) (2 pp, 49K) is an article that details two California dairy sites that have implemented different technologies. One site chose a covered lagoon design, while the other instituted an integrated pond system as part of the manure management design. The piece was reprinted with the permission of BioCycle.

Anaerobic Digestion in Rural China (PDF) (3 pp, 167K) is an article by J. Paul Henderson that profiles how farmers in rural China are overcoming obstacles and implementing innovative designs to incorporate anaerobic digestion as part of their practice. The piece was reprinted with the permission of BioCycle.

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