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Methane digesters and climate change policies may impact livestock sytems

February 11, 2011

Methane digester systems capture methane from lagoon or pit manure storage facilities and use it as a fuel to generate electricity or heat. In addition to providing a renewable source of energy, digesters can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, odors from manure, and potential contamination of surface water. Methane digesters have not been widely adopted in the United States mainly because the costs of constructing and maintaining these systems have exceeded the value of the benefits provided to the operator. Policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions could create new opportunities for livestock producers to earn revenue from burning methane from manure, making such biogas recovery facilities profi table for many livestock producers.

For more information go to:

http://www.cattlenetwork.com/cattle-news/latest/Climate-change-policy–the-adoption-of-methane-digesters-on-livestock-operations.html?ref=129

 

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