Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), a national farmer-owned dairy cooperative, and Vanguard Renewables announce a strategic partnership to help bring anaerobic digestion technology to more farms across the country.
Millions of people around the world will soon celebrate Earth Day, but for hundreds of New England’s dairy farmers, every day is Earth Day. We might take this Earth Day to salute the region’s dairy farmers for their original thinking and endless ingenuity.
The Haverhill, Mass. Board of Health has approved a Vanguard Renewables, Farm Powered waste-to-energy digester for Crescent Farm in Bradford. The equipment will convert cow manure to a combustible gas to generate electricity. It is expected to begin operating in nine to 15 months and will be the first of its kind in Haverhill.
The dairy industry with it's more than 9 million cows is largely an untapped energy source. Forward thinking farmers like Peter Melnik of Bar-Way Farm Inc. and energy developer Vanguard Renewables plan to change that.
When spring arrives, farmer Peter Melnick says, he’ll be thrilled to be spreading a liquid fertilizer from the new million electricity- and heat-producing waste digester that’s getting ready for operation.
Sustainability wins another vote for the “most important” trend to watch in 2017, followed closely by plant-based protein, according to a small, but well-educated group of nutrition experts, surveyed by Ketchum’s Global Food and Beverage Practice and supported by Ketchum Global Research and Analytics.
The strategic partnership between Barstow’s Longview Farm, Vanguard Renewables, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, and Eversource features a Vanguard Renewables Farm Powered™ anaerobic digester
“Anaerobic digestion is fascinating because it’s a relatively easy, natural way of turning a broad variety of complex waste into a simple fuel gas,” says David Babson, a technology manager at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office.
Massachusetts-based Barstow’s Longview Farm has focused on reducing input costs and capturing more value from their manure as part of their sustainability plan. At the heart of that plan is an investment with Vanguard Renewables in the construction and operation of a 600,000-gallon capacity anaerobic digester.