Manure-To-Energy Initiative (New Video)

Manure-to-energy systems on farms can deliver a number of economic benefits for farmers. They can also increase the amount of renewable energy in the United States and, if handled correctly, protect streams and rivers from the polluting effects of surplus nutrients.

The Farm Manure-to-Energy Initiative was launched in 2012 to demonstrate and objectively evaluate manure-based energy systems operating on several private farms in the Chesapeake Bay region. Over the course of four years, thermal manure-based energy systems were developed and installed on five farms, and each was assessed for its technical, environmental, and financial performance. Read the Farm Manure-to-Energy Initiative Final Report.

In this video produced for Sustainable Chesapeake, one of the project leaders, The Downstream Project interviewed two of the farmers involved in the case studies to report on their experiences with the technology. We also interviewed Jeff Porter, Team Leader for NRCS’s Animal Manure and Nutrient Management Team on the future of these  technologies. We are extend our appreciation to Mac Curtis of Windview Farm in Snyder County, Pennsylvania and Glenn Rodes, of Riverhill Farms in Port Republic, Virginia for their time and commitment to sustainable farming practices.

Development of this information was funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), the USDA, U.S. EPA, and Chesapeake Bay Funders Network. The views and conclusions contained in materials related to the Farm Manure-to-Energy Initiative are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as representing the opinions or policies of NFWF, the USDA, U.S. EPA, or Chesapeake Bay Funders Network. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute endorsement by project funders.

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