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AgSTAR has created a new Basic Anaerobic Digester System Flow Diagram (PDF) (1 pg, 826K). Please feel free to incorporate this into your outreach efforts, with attribution.
Digester Flow Diagram

Register Now for Got Manure? Conference!

This year, AgSTAR is co-hosting “Got Manure? Enhancing Environmental and Economic Sustainability” in lieu of its 7th AgSTAR National Conference. We’re working with Cornell’s PRO-DAIRY program, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Natural Resources Conservation Service to bring you an information-packed event with plenty of opportunities to network. This exciting event is scheduled on March 27-29, 2012, in Syracuse, New York.

If you are interested in becoming a conference sponsor, please fill out our Sponsorship Opportunity Form (PDF) (2 pp, 42K) and send to ERG (meetings@erg.com).

On March 27, organizers are offering site tour options to view anaerobic digester projects:

Additional details can be found on the conference page.

The two-day conference will include sessions on: integrated manure management system planning; anaerobic digestion system pretreatment and post treatment options; anaerobic digestion system performance; enhancing biogas quality, quantity, and utilization; co-digestion; economics and policies related to anaerobic digestion systems; and experiences with anaerobic digestion systems. Review the draft agenda (PDF) (3 pp, 255K) for more information.

This year’s conference also features a poster area to increase the opportunity to exchange additional information during the event.

Don’t miss this important event! To register, visit the online registration page. There is no charge to attend the conference, however, to facilitate networking opportunities, including the Wednesday night reception, we recommend that you purchase the optional food and drink package, which is $140. The site tours are also free with an optional $20 meal fee for those wishing to purchase lunch.

PRO-DAIRY has opened registration for its “Got Manure?” tradeshow, which is being held in conjunction with the conference. Exhibitor space starts at $1,000. Additional information can be found on their tradeshow Web page. Exit EPA Disclaimer For more information, contact Heather Darrow (hh96@cornell.edu). AgSTAR is not involved in any aspect of the tradeshow or fee collection and any language or use of our logo that implies otherwise is a misrepresentation.

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New Operational Anaerobic Digester Systems

GHD, Inc. Changes Name
GHD, Inc., which has installed more than 80 digesters in the U.S., recently announced in a press release that it is now doing business as DVO, Inc. This new corporate identity better reflects the company's growth and diversification in markets both domestically and internationally. The brand change also coincides with the company's tenth anniversary in the anaerobic digester industry.

Vermont
In October 2011, Kane's Cow Power LLC completed installation of an anaerobic digester system at Kane's Scenic River Farms in Enosburg. The digester, designed by DVO, Inc. (formerly GHD, Inc.) is designed to process manure from 850 cows. The system has a 225 kilowatt (kW) engine and will generate power for the Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS) Cow Power program, where consumers pay a four cent premium for the green electricity. The farm received $150,000 in funding from Vermont's Clean Energy Development Fund to help pay for the project. They also received a grant for more than $400,000 and a loan guarantee from the USDA.

Anaerobic digester at Kane's Scenic River Farms.

Anaerobic digester at Kane's Scenic River Farms.

Sources: David Dunn (CVPS), 2011; Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund, "Over $3 Million Awarded to Renewable Energy Projects (PDF) (2 pp, 77K)," May 14, 2010; USDA, "Award Recipients (PDF) (5 pp, 83K)," 2010.

In November 2011, Blue Spruce Farm in Bridport increased its energy production on the farm by adding an additional anaerobic digester. In 2005, the farm was the first to participate in CVPS's Cow Power program. Since then, the farm has grown its herd and the additional digester will allow them to process the extra waste and create more energy. DVO, Inc. (formerly GHD, Inc.) designed the new digester, which fuels a new 600-kW Guascor engine-genset, installed by Martin Machinery.

Source: David Dunn (CVPS), 2011.

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Projects Under Construction

Ohio
Construction has begun on an anaerobic digestion system at the former General Motors Fisher Body Plant in Collinwood. Forest City Enterprises, a real estate company, and quasar energy group are partnering to develop this project. The facility will utilize quasar's 908,000 gallon ecoCity system to process nearly 120 wet tons per day of mixed biomass, including manure. The system will have the potential to generate nearly 9,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity annually, which will be sold to Cleveland Public Power for distribution to its customers. This project will serve as a case study for the larger deployment of bioenergy projects within the Forest City portfolio. In December 2010, the project received a $1 million grant from the Ohio Department of Development, funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Sources: Caroline Henry (quasar energy group), 2011; quasar energy group, "Organics Management Company Invests in Digesters," April 2011.

Construction has also begun on an anaerobic digestion system near Haviland. The Ohio Department of Development awarded Haviland Bioenergy $1 million to own and operate an anaerobic digester. A waste hauler will supply the digester with 92 wet tons per day of mixed biomass, including manure from Van Erk Dairy. With the help of quasar energy group's technology, the digester will generate more than 8.6 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity.

Sources: Caroline Henry (quasar energy group), 2011; Ohio Department of Development, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act; U.S. Department of Energy, NEPA Determination (PDF) (2 pp, 511K), 2011.

Vermont
In September 2011, Maplehurst Farm in Greensboro started construction of a new anaerobic digester designed by RCM International, LLC. The farm is filing for the necessary interconnection permits with a unique single phase 150 kW induction generator (being installed by Martin Machinery). The digester will accommodate manure produced by 400 cows plus up to 3,500 gallons of dilution water daily. Digested solids that can be used for cow bedding will be separated from digested liquids. Electricity produced will be used on site at the farm with any additional electricity being sold to the Town of Hardwick Electric Department, the farm's electricity supplier. The project is scheduled to be operational in early 2012.

Sources: David Dunn (CVPS), 2011; Angela McEliece (RCM International, LLC), 2011.

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Permitting Practices Web Page

Some states have created their own fact sheets on various permitting regulations. In particular, Michigan has a fact sheet on its anaerobic digester regulations (PDF) (6 pp, 351K), and Washington State University has created a fact sheet on co-digestion (PDF) (6 pp, 479K).

In November, AgSTAR posted a Permitting Practices Web page, which provides a summary of state air, solid waste, and water permitting requirements for on-farm anaerobic digester systems that digest organic wastes and manure. AgSTAR has started with information from 15 states where anaerobic digesters are found in greater numbers, including California, New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. We also provide information on federal regulations that affect air, solid waste, and water. Requirements vary for each state so developers and owners should contact the appropriate State Environmental Agency before initiating construction or operation of an anaerobic digester system.

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Updates to FarmWare and Digester Database

AgSTAR has released version 3.6 of its FarmWare software - an analytical tool designed to provide a preliminary assessment of the benefits of integrating anaerobic digestion into an existing or planned dairy or swine manure management system. The changes related to the financial calculations.

AgSTAR has also updated its Digester Database, bringing the total number of U.S. anaerobic digestion systems operating at commercial livestock farms to 176. This growth in anaerobic digestion systems has provided many environmental and energy benefits, including generating approximately 541,000 MWh of green energy. Visit AgSTAR's Accomplishments Web page.

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Digester System Site Visits

Wagner Farms owns and operates their digester system, and contracted with CH-Four Biogas Inc. for construction of the complete mix system.

Wagner Farms owns and operates their digester system, and contracted with CH-Four Biogas Inc. for construction of the complete mix system.

AGreen Energy partnered with Jordan Farms, quasar energy group, and New England Organics to create this anaerobic digester project.

AGreen Energy partnered with Jordan Farms, quasar energy group, and New England Organics to create this anaerobic digester project.

The Dane County Regional 'Cow Power' Facility, owned and operated by Clear Horizons, serves four different dairy farms with upwards of 5,000 dairy cows.

The Dane County Regional 'Cow Power' Facility, owned and operated by Clear Horizons, serves four different dairy farms with upwards of 5,000 dairy cows.

The digester at Freund Farms has been operating since 1997, with their now famous 'Cow Pots' continuing to enter the marketplace both in the U.S. and worldwide.

The digester at Freund Farms has been operating since 1997, with their now famous 'Cow Pots' continuing to enter the marketplace.



In October, Chris Voell, AgSTAR National Program Manager, visited several digester projects to gather operating data, visit first-hand with farmers and project developers, and show support for on-going project development. Site visits, such as these, allow AgSTAR to be able to populate AgSTAR's Digester Database with accurate information. This will ultimately benefit producers, project developers, and other stakeholders by providing access to the latest national statistics on the digester industry.

Site visits were made to:

AgSTAR would like to thank the tour hosts for their time and willingness to share information! These include Pete Wagner from Wagner Farms; Bill Jorgenson from AGreen Energy and Shannon Carroll from New England Organics, who have a joint venture to build and operate the project at Jordan Farms; Matt Freund from Freund Farms – home of the famous 'Cow Pots;' and Monte Lamer with Clear Horizons, project developer and operator for the Dane County Regional Digester.

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AgSTAR Outreach

AgSTAR's Seminar at the World Dairy Expo
The World Dairy Expo, held in Madison, Wisconsin, October 2-6, 2011, drew more than 68,000 attendees from 90 countries. During the conference, AgSTAR held a seminar – Straight from Producers: The Real Story on Anaerobic Digestion Systems – which featured a panel of dairy producers and anaerobic digester system operators. AgSTAR gathered a panel of dairy producers and system operators speaking about their systems and offering firsthand accounts of utilizing anaerobic digester systems. These speakers included:

Panel at AgSTAR's seminar at the World Dairy Expo.

Panel at AgSTAR's seminar at the World Dairy Expo.

The seminar concluded with a question and answer portion where the panelists addressed issues such as whether they experienced any unexpected impacts, what is needed to add digesters on farms, what is the greatest incentive to implement an anaerobic digestion system, and what were some regulatory issues they encountered. The seminar was attended by more than 70 people.

Anaerobic Digesters: A Virtual Renewable Energy Education Day Webinar
On October 26, 2011, USDA and Farm Foundation organized Anaerobic Digesters: A Virtual Renewable Energy Education Day webinar. The webinar examined technical, environmental, and financial factors to consider when installing an anaerobic digester on a livestock operation in the Southwest. Chris Voell, AgSTAR National Program Manager, presented AgSTAR Resources (PDF) (13 pp, 921K) during the webinar. Other speakers included livestock producers with experience in operating an anaerobic digester as well as industry leaders working with various technologies used in anaerobic digestion.

11th Annual BioCycle Renewable Energy Conference
In October 2011, BioCycle held its 11th Annual BioCycle Renewable Energy from Organics Recycling Conference in Madison, Wisconsin. The event included information on recycling organic waste streams into power as well as renewable natural gas. Allison Costa, AgSTAR Program Manager, presented Things are Looking Up! (PDF) (20 pp, 2 MB) during the Digester Trends: National, State, Regional session. Other sessions covered information on topics such as project development and financing, biogas policies, and dairy sustainability.

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USDA Financial Awards

See AgSTAR's Federal Incentives for Developing Anaerobic Digester Systems (PDF) (3 pp, 39K) for more information on these funding opportunities.

Rural Energy for America Program
This fall, USDA announced loans and grants issued through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Awards were made to agricultural producers and rural small businesses across the country to implement renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. In Fiscal Year 2011, USDA Rural Development provided a total of $23.2 million for energy efficiency projects through the REAP program, including $20.9 million that went towards funding biodigesters.

Jay Clifford Sensenig in Kirkwood, Pennsylvania is receiving more than $300,000 to install a co-op digester system that will process more than 16,800 tons of dairy, hog, and chicken manure from four farms. The digester system will also be designed to accept and process food waste and is expected to be able to generate more than 879,000 kWh of electricity annually. Additionally, Hard Earned Acres, Inc. in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, is receiving more than $330,000 to install an anaerobic digester that will produce enough electricity to run the farm and sell an additional 550,000 kW to the grid. They also plan to separate the solids from the effluent to use as bedding for the animals. Another digester project receiving funding will be built at Heller Farms in Jackson County, Wisconsin, and is expected to generate over 3 million kWh of renewable energy per year.

A list of anaerobic digester projects receiving funding are in the table below.

Applicant Type City/County State Grant Amount Guaranteed Loan Amount
AgPower Jerome, LLC Dairy Lincoln County ID $500,000
New Energy Two, LLC Dairy Middleton ID $500,000
New Energy Three, LLC Dairy Middleton ID $500,000
Mill Creek Digester, LLC Dairy West Unity OH $499,924 $600,000
Ringler Energy, LLC Dairy Cardington OH $500,000 $3,238,750
Haviland Energy, LLC Dairy Paulding County OH $500,000 $600,000
Farm Power Misty Meadow, LLC Dairy Tillamook OR $500,000 $1,000,000
Farm Power Tillamook, LLC Dairy Tillamook OR $100,000 $2,650,000
Hard Earned Acres, Inc. Dairy Shippensburg PA $331,709
Reinford-Frymoyer Farm, LLC Dairy Mifflintown PA $337,224
Arlen Benner Dairy Mount Joy PA $500,000
Jay Clifford Sensenig Dairy, Swine, Poultry Lancaster County PA $309,733
Riverview Farm Dairy Franklin VT $214,851 $429,703
Heller Farms (Cow Poo, LLC) Dairy Alma Center WI $500,000 $1,321,187

Digester Systems for Other Organic Waste Streams (No Animal Manure)
Applicant City/County State Grant Amount Guaranteed Loan Amount
Organic Matters, Inc. Bartow FL $201,498
Sioux Pharm Inc. Sioux Center IA $263,250 $263,250
Belmont County Bioenergy, LLC Independence OH $500,000 $750,000
Lime Lakes Energy, LLC Norton OH $500,000 $1,500,000
Wooster Renewable Energy, LLC Wooster OH $500,000 $750,000

In addition to the above, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced in November 2011 that USDA has selected 67 additional projects to receive funding to determine the feasibility of renewable energy projects through REAP. One project selected for funding was Arbre Farms Corporation in Walkerville, Michigan, which will receive $7,000 to evaluate the feasibility of installing and operating an anaerobic digester that could produce and use biogas as a substitute for propane to power the farm's boilers. For a full list of award recipients, please see the USDA press release.

Sources: USDA, "Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Funding for More Than 500 Projects to Boost Renewable Energy Production, Reduce Energy Costs for Producers and Rural Small Businesses," September 16, 2011; USDA, "Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Funding to Produce Renewable Energy for Rural Communities and Reduce Energy Costs for Small Businesses and Farms in Eight States," October 26, 2011; Jim Hook, "Farm Gets Federal Aid to Change Manure to Electricity," ShipNewsNow, October 26, 2011; USDA, "Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Recipients for Energy Audits, Renewable Energy Development Assistance, and Feasibility Studies Funding," November 10, 2011.

Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels
This fall, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the USDA will make payments to biofuel producers through USDA's Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels. Funding is used to support the production and expansion of biofuels derived from materials such as manure. The following table lists biofuels producers with anaerobic digesters that are receiving funding. For more information on this, please visit the USDA press release.

State Applicant Amount
California Castelanelli Bros. $2,975
California Fiscalini Properties, LP $5,307
California Gallo Cattle Company, LP $8,917
Idaho Df-Ap#1, LLC $15,225
Indiana T and M Limited Partnership $60,232
Michigan Green Meadow Farms, Inc. $5,395
Michigan Scenic View Dairy, LLC $15,216
Minnesota Cargill, Inc. $1,267,660*
Minnesota District 45 Dairy, LLP $16,236
Minnesota Riverview, LLP $16,418
Minnesota West River Dairy, LLP $15,873
New York Aurora Ridge Dairy, LLC $6,319
Oregon Stahlbush Island Farms, Inc. $9,395
Texas Element Markets, LLC $27,826
Vermont Audet's Cow Power, LLC $1,836
Vermont Westminster Energy Group, LLC $1,876
Washington Farm Power Lynden, LLC $2,925
Washington Farm Power Rexville, LLC $7,236
Washington FPE Renewables, LLC $5,280
Washington GDR Power, LLC $9,684
Washington Qualco Energy $5,053
Wisconsin Bach Digester, LLC $3,777
Wisconsin Buckeye Ridge Renewable Power, LLC $31,398
Wisconsin Clover Hill Dairy, LLC $2,679
Wisconsin Green Valley Dairy, LLC $8,208
Wisconsin Grotegut Dairy Farm, Inc. $6,301
Wisconsin Holsum Dairies, LLC $10,616
Wisconsin Norm E Lane, Inc. $5,691
Wisconsin Norswiss Digester, LLC $31,457
Wisconsin Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy, LLC $8,438
Wisconsin Quantum Dairy, LLC $3,931
Wisconsin Stargest Power, LLC $30,341
Wisconsin Statz Brothers, Inc. $7,363

Sources: USDA, "Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Payments to Producers in 41 States to Expand the Production and Availability of Advanced Biofuels," September 27, 2011; USDA, "Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Funding to Expand the Production and Availability of Advanced Biofuels," October 31, 2011.

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Pennsylvania Funds Anaerobic Digester Project

On October 13, 2011, the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA) announced that 13 projects across the state received a share of $3.7 million to develop and implement clean energy projects. The funding is provided by Pennsylvania's Growing Greener Program – a program that provides funding to address Pennsylvania's environmental issues. One project receiving funding is Arcadia Recovery, LLC, a company that provides environmental solutions for agricultural, livestock, and food industry wastes. The company received $350,000 and will contribute nearly $4 million to build an anaerobic digester and composting facility that will turn animal and organic wastes into useful products, such as electricity, composted mulch, and animal bedding.

Sources: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, "PEDA Board Approves $3.7 Million in Funding for 13 Clean Energy Projects," October 13, 2011; Scott Detrow, "Pennsylvania Doles Out $3.7 Million in Green Energy Grants," StateImpact, October 14, 2011.

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Policy Updates

California
In October 2011, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 489 (PDF) (1 pg, 273K) into law. The bill, formally known as the Renewable Energy Equity Act, will allow small-scale anaerobic digesters and other small renewable energy facilities to be eligible for California's Net Energy Metering (NEM) Program, allowing them to be more cost-effective and produce renewable energy. NEM provides a financial credit for customer-generators that generate power from their facilities that is then fed back to the utility, offsetting the customer's electricity bill.

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Global Methane Initiative

Attendees visited the agricultural anaerobic digestion system at the National Research Institute of Animal Production.

Attendees visited the agricultural anaerobic digestion system at the National Research Institute of Animal Production.

Agriculture Subcommittee Meeting
In October 2011, the Global Methane Initiative's (GMI's) Agriculture Subcommittee met in Krakow, Poland, as part of the GMI Partnership-wide meeting. The agricultural sector activities included a site visit, technical sessions, and a subcommittee meeting. Nearly 20 participants went to Grodziec Slaski to tour an agricultural anaerobic digestion system at the National Research Institute of Animal Production, where manure from cows and hogs is processed along with waste from an ethanol plant in an onsite anaerobic digestion system. The agricultural technical sessions covered financing options for project development and an overview of national standards and policies that increase the adoption of anaerobic digesters. The Agriculture Subcommittee meeting included GMI Partner Country updates as well as information on anaerobic digester projects in Ethiopia, Germany, Pakistan, and the United Kingdom. The meeting also included an update on the status of the international anaerobic digester database, which will be used to track information on anaerobic digester projects in GMI Partner Countries.

Methane International #26 Released
The latest edition of the GMI newsletter, Methane International #26, is available on the GMI website. New GMI partner country, Sri Lanka, will be joining the Agriculture Subcommittee in an effort to expand its development of small- and medium-scale biogas digesters, and will share its experience with anaerobic digestion system design standards. The newsletter also includes information on AgSTAR Program Manager Allison Costa's trip to Nicaragua, where she met with representatives from Nicaragua's Ministry of Energy and Mines to assist with their development of an agriculture sector action plan.

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Online Resources

Case Study Released on Vermont's Cow Power Program
In November 2011, Q. Wang, E. Thompson, R. Parsons, G. Rogers, and D. Dunn published a case study on CVPS' Cow Power program– a program that assists farms in planning and installing anaerobic digesters and generators to convert cow manure into electricity and markets the resulting power to its customers. Economic Feasibility of Converting Cow Manure to Electricity: A Case Study of the CVPS Cow Power Program in Vermont (PDF) (13 pp, 479K) was published in the Journal of Dairy Science and examines the technical and economic feasibility of CVPS' Cow Power program. The study confirms that programs such as Cow Power are technically feasible, but economic success depends on a variety of factors that need to be available to programs.

Report Highlights Biomass Use in Midwest
In November 2011, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs released Harnessing the Power of Biomass Residuals: Opportunities and Challenges for Midwestern Renewable Energy (PDF) (38 pp, 1.6 MB). The report examines how the Midwest can utilize its sources of residual biomass, such as waste from agriculture and forestry, as a new source of energy. Utilizing biomass will set an example for future energy initiatives, promote energy security, and increase economic vitality and environmental awareness. Since the Midwest has a large number of dairy farms, anaerobic digesters are a great way to eliminate odors and produce energy.

Vermont Builds Anaerobic Digestion Capacity
In October 2011, BioCycle published an article titled "Vermont Builds Anaerobic Digestion Capacity." The article describes how state, federal, and public utility grants, combined with favorable feed-in tariffs, have led to investment in anaerobic digestion systems and biogas utilization.

Source: BioCycle, "Vermont Builds Anaerobic Digestion Capacity," October 2011, Vol. 52, No. 10, p. 38.

IREC Releases 2011 Updates and Trends Report
In October 2011, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) released its 2011 Updates and Trends (PDF) (32 pp, 2 MB) report. The report covers regulatory issues, policies and incentives, installation and market data, and clean energy workforce development. It also shows that although many states are encountering budget issues, they are still continuing to develop policies to help foster growth in the renewable energy sector.

Tillamook County Solid Waste Authority Releases Report
In August 2011, Oregon's Tillamook County Solid Waste Authority released a report titled, Tillamook County Bioenergy Feasibility Study Report (PDF) (116 pp, 3 MB). The report outlines the findings of a feasibility study that assessed waste products in Tillamook County and then recommends ways to manage the waste, including creating renewable energy. The waste being evaluated included manure; animal mortalities; and fats, oils, and grease (FOG). By creating renewable energy from the waste, Tillamook County could reduce waste disposal while promoting green jobs, developing clean energy, and reducing carbon emissions. The study found that Tillamook County and the surrounding area include a multitude of organic materials that can be utilized as feedstock for an anaerobic digestion system. The area's 110 local dairies are estimated to have an estimated herd of 32,000 milking cows that could support anaerobic digester systems.

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Funding Opportunities

NYSERDA, Deadline: December 31, 2015
NYSERDA has released a program opportunity notice for their Renewable Portfolio Standard Customer Sited Tier Anaerobic Digester Gas-To-Electricity Program. Approximately $57 million is being made available to support the installation and operation of anaerobic digester gas-to-electricity systems in New York. Funding is on a first-come, first-served basis, with up to $1 million available per host site, depending on project size.

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Upcoming Events

2012 World Agriculture Expo
February 14-16, 2012
Tulare, California
Presented by the International Agri-Center, the 2012 World Agriculture Expo will include site tours to nearby farms as well as seminars on topics such as dairy farms and water and air quality regulations. On February 15th, AgSTAR will speak during the Unlocking the Potential of Methane Digester Systems on Dairy Farms session. The session will review case studies of projects already putting this model into practice. Speakers include Chris Voell, National Program Manager, AgSTAR; Jerry Bingold, Director, Renewable Energy, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy; and Paul Martin, Director of Environmental Services, Western United Dairymen. Stop by our booth or contact Chris Voell (voell.christopher@epa.gov; 202-343-9406) to schedule a meeting with AgSTAR during the expo.

Agricultural Outlook Forum 2012
February 23-24, 2012
Arlington, Virginia
USDA is organizing this event, whose theme celebrates the agency's 150 years of supporting agriculture. Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, will provide the keynote address. The event also includes breakout sessions, including one on renewable energy and rural development, along with networking opportunities. Stop by our booth or contact Chris Voell (voell.christopher@epa.gov; 202-343-9406) or Allison Costa (costa.allison@epa.gov; 202-343-9468) to schedule a meeting with AgSTAR during the forum.

Got Manure? Enhancing Economic and Environmental Sustainability
March 27-29, 2012
Syracuse, New York
In lieu of its annual conference, AgSTAR is co-hosting Got Manure? Enhancing Environmental and Economic Sustainability with Cornell's PRO-DAIRY Program, NYSERDA, and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. The conference will be held in conjunction with a trade show organized by PRO-DAIRY. The over-arching goals of the conference are to provide state-of-the-art information about integrated manure management systems that can incorporate anaerobic digestion so farmers can make informed business decisions about manure collection, treatment, storage and application techniques, and non-farm attendees are better enabled to assist farms to maintain and enhance their economic and environmental sustainability.

Visit the AgSTAR conference Web page to register and learn more about the conference.

26th Annual BioCycle West Coast Conference
April 16-19, 2012
Portland, Oregon
BioCycle's 26th Annual West Coast Conference will include informational sessions, a tradeshow, and site tours. The informational sessions will feature over 90 presentations on anaerobic digestion of agricultural waste streams, biogas markets, and strategies to integrate sustainability into resource management.

International Biomass Conference & Expo
April 16-19, 2012
Denver, Colorado
The International Biomass Conference & Expo, hosted by the Biorefining Magazine and Biomass Power & Thermal, is a four-day event featuring five different program tracks, an exhibition, and site tours. The Biogas & Landfill Gas track will focus on the financing, design, permitting, construction and operation of biogas and landfill gas capture and conversion facilities.

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