Bill Gill, assistant vice president for sustainability at Smithfield Foods, shares how two major agronomics efforts could help the world’s largest pork producer cut GHG emissions — and costs.
Smithfield Foods and Anuvia Plant Nutrients formed a new partnership to develop commercial-grade fertilizer from manure treatment systems at Smithfield’s hog farms.
Livestock waste treatment technology provider Bion Environmental Technologies says it has modified its technology platform to enable the capture of ammonia and its conversion into commercial products, rather than its destruction. This has enabled the production of renewable natural gas from the volatile solids in the waste stream, while maintaining ... Read more »
A $1.2 million contaminated soil cleanup effort is underway on a Southern California brownfield site that will be the location of a new BMW electric vehicle dealership. The EPA and the US Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) will work with the city of Huntington Park to remove about 5,600 ... Read more »
Campbell Soup and its subsidiary, Pepperidge Farm, are working with Environmental Defense Fund to improve water quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by optimizing fertilizer use and improving soil conservation in the company’s wheat sourcing areas. Agriculture is responsible for 10 percent of the nation’s GHG emissions, but using fertilizer ... Read more »
Synagro Technologies says a five-year biosolids recycling program will save city of Toledo taxpayers $900,000 annually while improving water quality in the Lake Erie watershed by reducing the use of commercial chemical fertilizer. Benefits of the biosolids recycling plan include the following: Toledo’s biosolids will be used as a natural fertilizer ... Read more »
A DVO anaerobic digester, scheduled to open at Calgren Renewable Fuels on Sept. 30 in Pixley, Calif., will convert animal waste into energy, reducing the environmental impact from farm waste greenhouse gas emissions by more than 90 percent, says Steve Dvorak, owner and founder of DVO. This is DVO’s first ... Read more »
Himark BioGas has signed an agreement with NEO Energy for the design, construction, and start-up of three integrated anaerobic digestion (AD) and fertilizer plants in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The AD plants will recycle food waste to produce organic-based fertilizer and renewable electricity. AD plants designed on Himark BioGas’ patented ... Read more »
Michigan may allow toxic coal ash to be reused for some beneficial purposes such as road construction and as an fertilizer supplement. The Great Lakes Echo reports some environmental groups including the Sierra Club are concerned about the bill, which the Michigan legislature approved, because it allows the leftover residue ... Read more »
WISErg, a bio-clean technology company that converts food waste into organic fertilizer for sale to farmers and consumers, plans to expand into the California market through $5 million in funding from private funding sources. To date, the company has contracted to deploy its Harvester units (pictured) at regional and national ... Read more »
The first agricultural greenhouse gas emissions offsets have been issued to a Michigan farmer for voluntarily reducing nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions by curbing the amount of nitrogen-based fertilizer used to grow corn, according to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). EPRI, in partnership with Michigan State University, developed the validation ... Read more »
DuPont Pioneer is collaborating with eight Midwestern universities through their respective soil nutrition management experts to help growers more sustainably maximize crop yields. The universities involved are Iowa State University, North Dakota State University, Purdue University, the University of Illinois-Urbana, the University of Minnesota, the University of Missouri, the University ... Read more »