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November 30, 2015

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November 23, 2015

New method of treating manure from dairies in the works

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July 23, 2012

All of the Above” Energy Policy Includes Cow Dung

Vilsack’s comments came following a tour of a dairy farm in Berlin, Pennsylvania that uses the anaerobic digester.

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July 5, 2012

Bones of 200 slaughtered soldiers from the time of Christ are so well preserved in peat bog that their DNA can be studied

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November 11, 2011

Is anaerobic manure digestion feasible?

Anaerobic digesters are a hit among the renewable energy crowd, but do they make economic sense on dairies? Researchers at the University of Vermont took a look at that question, and published a case study on the Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS) Cow Power program in the October Journal of Dairy Science.

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Recycled material to replace peat poses problems for gardeners

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January 10, 2011

Big row brewing over peat bogs

Environmental objections to domestic power source

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March 8, 2010

Phase-out for peat-based compost by 2020 announced

The phase out would mean that gardening centres and DIY stores would cease to sell peat-based composts for the amateur gardening market within ten years  and switch to peat-free alternatives instead.

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February 1, 2010

William Sinclair set to pull out of peat bog

Garden products company William Sinclair is, likely to exit its Bolton Fell Moss peat facility in Cumbria following EC designation of the area as a Site of Community Importance.

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December 8, 2009

Peat and Repeat: Can Major Carbon Sinks Be Restored by Rewetting the World’s Drained Bogs?

Bogs, swamps and mires help keep 500 billion metric tons of carbon out of the atmosphere, so preserving peatlands is emerging as a new priority.

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December 4, 2009

Draining of peatlands results in an increase in greenhouse gas

Scientists from Aarhus University are working on pinpointing the magnitude of greenhouse gas emissions from peatland agriculture in Denmark.
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March 31, 2009

Peat producers welcome BBC Gardeners’ World peat special

BBC Gardeners’ World special on peat has been welcomed by peat producers.

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March 30, 2009

B&Q discontinues range of 100 per cent peat products

B&Q is no longer selling 100 per cent peat bales and is using TV gardener Chris Beardshaw to promote its peat-reduced range.

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March 3, 2009

Environmental Power and Xcel Energy Announce New Renewable Natural Gas (RNG®) Supply Agreement

TARRYTOWN, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Environmental Power Corporation’s (NASDAQ: EPG) wholly owned subsidiary, Microgy, Inc., a leader in the renewable bioenergy industry, and Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL) today announced that they have entered into a long-term renewable natural gas (RNG®) supply agreement, subject to approval by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.

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March 2, 2009

Taking care of cows’ business

DNR poised to rule on manure-handling plan for state’s largest proposed dairy farm.

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February 25, 2009

2,003 have gone out of business

The number of U.S. dairy farms licensed to sell milk continues to decline.

According to USDA’s Feb. 19 “Milk Production” report, 2,003 licensed dairy herds went out of business last year. The report shows there were 57,127 licensed herds in 2008 vs. 59,130 in 2007. The largest herd losses were in Wisconsin — down 440 herds — and Pennsylvania — down 340 herds. New York and Minnesota lost 150 and 205 herds, respectively. California lost 55 herds last year.

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February 18, 2009

Cow-powered trucks hit the street

The first cow-powered milk trucks in the United States hit the streets this past week at the World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif.

Two trucks that normally run on diesel fuel now run on biomethane gas from manure at Hilarides Dairy in Lindsay, Calif.

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Manure could power two million homes

Manure, slurry and food could be used to create enough energy to heat and power more than two million homes in Britain, the Government will claim.

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Manure could power two million homes

Manure, slurry and food could be used to create enough energy to heat and power more than two million homes in Britain, the Government will claim. 

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January 5, 2009

PG&E to ship in cow manure-based biogas from Texas

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 23 (Reuters) - PG&E Corp (PCG.N) has agreed to buy gas captured from cow manure and other waste at a facility in Texas as part of the California utility’s effort to use more renewable energy.

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Manure gets czar’s attention

In Idaho, the state’s energy czar is pushing a package of income tax credits, property tax waivers and other incentives during the 2009 legislative session to capture more energy produced by methane from manure.

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December 8, 2008

Biogas-Powered World Record Set on Dunlop Rubber

Achieving speeds of 327.5 km/h (204.7 mph), the Hohenester-tuned biogas Audi A4 Quattro equipped with Dunlop SP Sport Maxx TT tyres has set a new world speed record.

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November 12, 2008

Friends of the Earth wades into peat debate

Peat sales in garden centres is under attack from head of Friends of the Earth (FOE) England Paul de Zylva.

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October 31, 2008

New Requirements for Controlling Manure, Wastewater from Large Animal Feeding Operations

(Washington, D.C. – Oct. 31, 2008) EPA has finalized a rule helping to protect the nation’s water quality by requiring concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) to safely manage manure. EPA estimates CAFO regulations will prevent 56 million pounds of phosphorus, 110 million pounds of nitrogen, and 2 billion pounds of sediment from entering streams, lakes, and other waters annually. 

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October 10, 2008

Fight continues over regulating large farm wastes

LANSING - The Environmentally Concerned Citizens of South Central Michigan has a bone to pick with giant factory farms in the region.

The group says area farms have failed to contain the pollution they produce.

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October 3, 2008

Pork Producers Hope to Have Input into Bill 17 Regulations

Manitoba Pork Council says the province’s pork producers are hoping to have input as regulations for the implementation of Bill 17, the Manitoba Environment Amendment Act, are developed. 

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September 22, 2008

Kraft odor making neighbors sour

ANAEROBIC DIGESTER: Methane gas smell from Lowville plant has forced area resident to close up house

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September 18, 2008

‘Sick Susquehanna’ Report alleges poor oversight of large-scale farms

Lax state oversight of large-scale livestock farms in Lancaster County is abetting the pollution of the Susquehanna River, an environmental advocacy group charges.

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September 11, 2008

Study Shows Fertilizers Harm Freshwater Lakes

MADISON, Wis. — Farmers’ routine application of chemical fertilizers and manure to the land poses a far greater environmental problem to freshwater lakes than previously thought, potentially polluting the water for hundreds of years, according to research published Monday.

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September 10, 2008

Farms need to be larger today

The 80 to 160 acres that your grandparents lived on isn’t enough to make it today, says the South Central Minnesota West Adult Farm Business Management Program.

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September 8, 2008

Conservation area bid may put 100 peat company jobs at risk

MORE than 100 jobs at a Cumbrian peat works could be under threat after Natural England applied for it to become a conservation area.

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August 13, 2008

California State Fair to Feature First Known Amusement Ride Powered Solely By Cows

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug 12, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Move over horse power, cow power could be the next big thing! The California State Fair today announced that the event will host the first known amusement ride powered entirely by cow manure.

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August 4, 2008

Tough tasks for Michigan’s environmental regulator

LANSING — Government regulators are never in the running for congeniality awards.

That may especially be true for the man charged with overseeing permits for new power plants, mines and large-scale livestock operations in Michigan.

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Power from cow poo heats homes

At the Huckabay Ridge biogas facility in Stephenville, Texas, a life preserver and a “No Swimming” sign hanging on the concrete exterior of one chocolate-colored pool are somebody’s idea of a barnyard joke.

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July 29, 2008

Gardeners urged to stop using peat compost

The demand for peat for use by Britain’s gardeners continues to cause environmental damage.

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July 28, 2008

Biogas project advances after $7 million bond sale

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) - Grand Island has sold $7 million in bonds to help finance a project at the JBS Swift beef processing plant that will generate methane gas from the plant’s waste.

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Manure-spreading condemned at CAFO Watch Conference

HARTFORD CITY — More than 130 people attending a state-wide CAFO Watch Conference were encouraged to fight the practice of spreading manure from concentrated animal feeding operations onto farm land.

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May 27, 2008

Finland’s SLL says bogs are potent weapon against climate change

The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation (SLL) said Tuesday that one of the most efficient ways to fight climate change was to protect peat bogs as carbon sinks.

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May 19, 2008

What Makes Compost Compost?

We don’t want to sound prejudiced, but for the well-being of your garden we’ve got to tell it like it is.  A lot of what is sold as compost is not really composted.  Good compost is brown or black colored, sweet smelling, earthy material with some incredible capabilities

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May 14, 2008

Vineyard owner Premier Pacific to spend $50M on six properties

High-end vineyard developer and operator Premier Pacific Vineyards, which earlier lined up $200 million in capital from the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, is using $50 million in fresh funding to help it close six new vineyard acquisitions in California, Washington State and Oregon and develop the properties into what it calls “world-class vineyards.”

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May 13, 2008

Overlooked in the global food crisis: Bad dirt

As seeds get better, much of the world’s soil is getting worse, scientists say.

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Farmers return to manure tradition

Farmers worldwide are being affected by the lack of supply and higher prices of nitrogen fertilizer. The shortage of fertilizer is one of the factors in the increase of food prices globally. With no short-term relief in sight, farms are turning to the traditional use of manure to fertilize their crops. 
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April 28, 2008

Ethanol’s Failed Promise

The willingness to try, fail and try again is the essence of scientific progress. The same sometimes holds true for public policy. It is in this spirit that today, Earth Day, we call upon Congress to revisit recently enacted federal mandates requiring the diversion of foodstuffs for production of biofuels.

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A Big Pile of…Profits

Who knew fertilizer could make a portfolio grow 56 percent in just a few months?

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April 25, 2008

Gas Naturally

California, according to some dairy commercials, is home to happy cows. So many cows, in fact, that Pacific Gas and Electric Co. estimates that dairy manure makes up 20 percent of the state’s available waste biomass for conversion into renewable fuels.

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April 14, 2008

Peatlands are Quick and Cost-Effective Measure to reduce 10% of greenhouse emissions

International community calls for urgent action to protect and restore peatlands- the world’s most important carbon store.

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March 7, 2008

Looking at manure management in a new light

JAMESTOWN, N.D. - With fertilizer prices going up and more concern over environmental matters, manure is becoming more of a priority issue with livestock producers than ever before, according to Ron Wiederholt, NDSU Extension Live-stock Waste Management Area Specialist.
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March garden show focuses on ‘greener’ techniques

Love and appreciation of the environment is usually a given with gardeners. But does that translate into using practices that are ecologically sensitive?

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February 7, 2008

Peat moss poor choice for eco-conscious

A bit ago, I received an interesting article about how peat moss is actually suspect for gardeners to use liberally or even sparingly in their gardens.

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January 25, 2008

Bacteria hate clean sand

Digested manure solids supported the greatest amount of growth of the coliform mastitis pathogen Klebsiella pneumoniae, according to a University of Minnesota study published in the January Journal of Dairy Science.

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January 15, 2008

Minnesota’s peat bogs ‘wild card’ in global warming

Long overlooked, Minnesota’s boggy north is under scrutiny for its vast amounts of stored carbon.

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January 7, 2008

Animal waste: Future energy, or just hot air?

While the meat-producing community is often condemned for its contribution to climate change, some observers of late have become as interested in what the animals expel as the animals themselves: Manure.

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January 2, 2008

Call to back cow manure energy bid

Technology which can help farmers cut climate change gases from their cows and create renewable energy should get more backing from the Government, farming leaders have urged.

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December 19, 2007

Plying Poop Power in Portsmouth

Hogs and dairy cows in the United States produce nearly 3 billion pounds of manure a day, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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December 13, 2007

What’s That Smell?

Pig-Farm Politics Are Mucking Up Iowa’s Race For President

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December 10, 2007

Process to create green version of natural gas ‘is woefully under-used’

A process in which microbes are harnessed to create a green version of natural gas to create heat and electricity is being “woefully” under-used in the UK, an expert said today.

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UK farm sector could be near carbon neutral: report

LONDON (Reuters) - Agriculture in Britain is the second largest emitter of greenhouse gases after the energy sector but has the potential to be almost carbon neutral, an industry report issued on Monday said.

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Got manure? Bessie could be our ticket to energy independence

Just when you thought the energy crisis would be the ruin of us all, along come cows and their manure to save the day.

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November 29, 2007

Peat bog destruction emissions reached 40pc of global total

The destruction of peat bogs in Indonesia, partly to grow supposedly “green” bio-fuels, releases more carbon dioxide every year than all of India or Russia, and three times as much as Germany.

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November 28, 2007

Dr. Ron Sheffield Interview with Chris Boeman

The purpose of this interview was to get a background on the dairy industry and the pressures, especially environmental, that dairymen in southern Idaho face.

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November 16, 2007

Methane-Eating Bacteria Could Save the World

Tiny bacteria hiding out in a witches’ brew of bubbling mud not only thrive in the searing-hot slurry but also chow down on its methane.

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October 30, 2007

Smart Energy: Working together to fight climate change

The scientific jury is in and here’s the verdict:

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October 29, 2007

Peat and Peat Alternatives

Their use in commercial horticulture in England & Wales in 2003.

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October 22, 2007

Environment Minister says AD is the best process to tackle food waste

Anaerobic digestion (AD) is the best technology to use to tackle food waste and local authorities and waste management companies should be investing more in this process, said Environment Minister Joan Ruddock.
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October 16, 2007

Maybe this is why we have such a huge manure problem?

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October 10, 2007

Manure digesters offer new ways to generate power

The first rule is: Don’t expect an anaerobic digester to turn manure into gold.
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September 30, 2007

Peat moss isn’t the end-all for potting

Gardeners may be wondering about the new products containing coconut coir, touted as “better than peat.”

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September 5, 2007

Dairy Farmers Developing Alternative Fuel

Not just ethanol fuel, but manure gas powering your car? Results of a six month experiment at a northern Utah dairy farm are sure to raise some eyebrows at an upcoming energy summit.

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Livestock producers chart environment strategy

One day this past July, a U.S. company achieved what it called a milestone in the development of renewable energy from livestock manure.

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August 5, 2007

Biogas Production and Use on California’s Dairy Farms

A survey of regulatory challenges.

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September 27, 2006

The Blogging Nurseryman - Peat Shortage Looming for Spring 2007

“Watch for peat shortage by Spring 2007.  Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Assoc. cites a ‘very poor’ harvest in eastern Canada because of an ‘exceptionally wet summer’ and an average harvest in western Canada.

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