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PhosFarm project to recover phosphorus from agricultural residues

16 October 2013

Stuttgart -Phosphorus is an important plant nutrient for agriculture; however, phosphate rock reserves are limited


BALTIC: Ministers set out scheme to combat eutrophication

16 October 2013

Environment ministers and high-level representatives from the nine Baltic coastal countries and the EU, meeting last week in a HELCOM meeting, have reached an agreement on a package of extensive actions and measures


Aarhus University Appoints New Professor in Animal Science

16 October 2013

DENMARK - With effect from 1 September Hanne Damgaard Poulsen from the Department of Animal Science at Aarhus University has been appointed professor with special responsibilities (mso) in environmental impacts of animal production


Cut in livestock sector’s GHG emissions within reach

16 October 2013

Greenhouse gas emissions by the livestock sector could be cut by as much as 30% through the wider use of existing best practices and technologies, according to a new study released by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)


Brazilian Hydroelectricity Giant Promotes Biogas

04 September 2013

After more than four decades of highly concentrated electricity generation, Brazil is leaving behind this worn-out model and moving towards distributed and decentralised power production


Muck and straw exchange makes perfect sense

04 September 2013

One has a supply of a rich source of nutrients readily available, and the other has an excess of straw following harvest each season, but do livestock and arable farmers really make the most of each other's naturally-produced assets during the course of the farming calendar?


Are UK Farmers Sitting on a Biomethane Goldmine?

04 September 2013

UK - New research into biomethane production shows that farmers could be sitting on a £24 million “goldmine”


Politics of Manure

04 September 2013

Government Regulation Discussed at North American Manure Expo


Draft BAT for pig and poultry installations issued

04 September 2013

The European Commission’s Seville-based IPPC bureau has released the second draft of revised EU guidance on best available techniques (BAT) to reduce pollution from pig and poultry installations. Stakeholders have until 21 October to comment


Ukraine offers many and diverse biomass opportunities

06 August 2013

The opportunities for biomass-related business in Ukraine are many and diverse. That doesn't mean it's easy to set up a sustainable operation in the country


Food security depends on sustainable nutrient management of soils

06 August 2013

Food security is being threatened by loss of soil nutrients that are essential for the high yield of crops. A recent study outlines strategies to ensure the sustainable production of food through a holistic approach to soil nutrient management.


Cattle flatulence doesn't stink with biotechnology

06 August 2013

The agriculture industry is researching new technologies to help feed the growing population. But feeding the world without harming air quality is a challenge


Balancing food security and environmental quality in China

06 August 2013

A special collection of papers details China`s challenges in managing nutrient losses from crop and livestock production


Livestock Manure – A Valuable Resource

25 June 2013

In the EU-funded project BioEcoSIM, 15 partners from 5 countries – led by the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB – aim to convert livestock manure into organic soil amendment (biochar) and mineral fertilisers


Xergi signs large biogas contracts in the United Kingdom

25 June 2013

UK-based company Tamar Energy has ambitious plans to build a network of more than 40 new biogas plants by 2018. Xergi has signed agreements to supply two of its first biogas plants


Argentinian swine industry looking for ways to grow

25 June 2013

Driven by an increase in domestic consumption, Argentinian pork production grew by more than 40% between 2001 and 2011. It is far from a jubilant story though. Growth seems to come in waves and trade issues with for instance Brazil make life for Argentina’s swine producers even more complicated


Turning cow dung into electricity

25 June 2013

Dairy farmer Ron Koetsiers 1,200 cows produce roughly 90 tons of manure daily, and for the last three decades, he has tried unsuccessfully to turn the stinky dung into energy to power his 450-acre farm in Visalia


Danisco: Improve pig performance, profitability

25 June 2013

Danisco Animal Nutrition, a business segment of DuPont, will celebrate over 25 years of animal nutrition innovation at World Pork Expo in Iowa by showcasing tried and tested nutritional solutions to help overcome key challenges currently facing the pork industry worldwide


USDA, dairy producers renew deal on greenhouse gas emissions and sustainability

01 May 2013

US Agriculture Secretary Vilsack has renewed a historic agreement with dairy producers to accelerate the adoption of innovative waste-to-energy projects and energy efficiency improvements on US dairy farms


Soybean Yield and Soybean Cyst Nematode Responses to Liquid Pig Manure

01 May 2013

Soil fertility management plays an important role in developing sustainable strategies to manage soybean cyst nematode and improve crop yield in soybean-maize cropping system, according to new research from the University of Minnesota


Bio-natural gas on way to the gas grid

01 May 2013

From 1 May 2013, upgraded biogas can be admitted into the gas grid via the gas distribution system as well as the gas transmission system. It means that bio-natural gas can be traded commercially on an equal footing with natural gas


Cows can earn their keep and keep the lights on

04 April 2013

A typical dairy farm could supply most of the electricity it needs to milk the cows, by converting their manure into energy


Potential for Addressing Manure Nutrient Challenges

04 April 2013

The executive director of the Manitoba Livestock Manure Management Initiative is confident the management of swine ration formulations holds great potential for managing the nutrients contained in swine manure, writes Bruce Cochrane


Tackling Pig Manure Challenges with Enzymes

04 April 2013

Economic analyses show the large potential for phytase in feed to reduce overall manure management costs resulting from environmental regulations, according to Gwendolyn Jones of Danisco Animal Nutrition


Jansen introduces new technology to poultry housing

04 April 2013

The latest techniques to reduce emission of ammonia, fine dust and odor are applied by Jansen Poultry Equipment with products like heat exchanger, air-scrubbers and manure drying systems


European Bank seeks innovative ways to produce bio-fuel

04 April 2013

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is seeking new and innovative ways to produce bio-fuels from wastes and agricultural residues


UN says fertiliser crisis is damaging the planet

20 February 2013

Mass application of nutrients causes pollution in some areas while under-use hampers food production in others


Meat consumption and farming practices destroying natural world

20 February 2013

People in the rich world should become 'demitarians' – eating half as much meat as usual, while stopping short of giving it up – in order to avoid severe environmental damage, scientists have urged, in the clearest picture yet of how farming practices are destroying the natural world


Nitrogen is key in making the most of muck

20 February 2013

Persuading farmers to regard muck and similar materials as fertiliser rather than waste is getting easier, as they look to slash soaring nutrient input costs


Technology integrates digesters with ethanol, biodiesel plants

20 February 2013

LAS VEGAS, Nevada - An anaerobic digestion technology is being used to integrate ethanol and biodiesel facilities to create closed-loop renewable energy systems, an industry expert said on Thursday


Rabobank predicts shift in biogas growth

20 February 2013

Future growth in the biogas sector is likely to be seen in food waste plants, rather than those fed on manure and energy crops, a Rabobank report suggests


Updated software improves manure use efficiency

25 January 2013

A practical software tool that estimates the crop-available nitrogen, phosphate and potash from organic manures has been updated for 2013 and will help growers reduce their reliance on inorganic fertilisers and increase profitability


Spread slurry responsibly

25 January 2013

Tough weather conditions have prompted a reminder to farmers about spreading slurry responsibly


New software helps farmers make the most of their muck

13 December 2012

They say ‘where there’s muck there’s brass’ but that can depend on what type of muck you use and how you spread it


Researchers grow algae in poultry houses

13 December 2012

The microorganism that colors ponds and lakes green could become an important partner in the future of poultry operations through a project conducted by ISU researchers


Weltec Biopower, Methaneo to collaborate on 500 kW biogas plant in France

13 December 2012

Construction work on the facility will begin in January 2013, and the plant is to go live and starting feeding electricity into the French grid as early as July 2013


IFC Supports Large-Scale Biogas Power Plant in Pakistan

13 December 2012

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is advising a Pakistan-based biogas company on the development of a waste-to-energy plant in the Karachi area, turning a serious environmental problem in to a renewable energy resource


Climate-Related Emissions from Feedyards Monitored

01 November 2012

US - An accurate estimation of nitrous oxide and methane emissions from beef cattle feedlots is an increasing concern given the current and potential future reporting requirements for greenhouse gas emissions


Grants scheme will provide benefits after record number of applications flow

01 November 2012

The Catchment Sensitive Farming initiative is making a record £21.5 million available this year to help farmers carry out improvement works that will improve drinking water quality and enhance local wetland environments


Experts find manure is ‘best cure’ for mining

01 November 2012

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) research published Friday confirms what farmers seem to have known for hundreds of years: that manure helps restore soils, even those highly damaged post-mining landscapes


Nitrates campaign launched

01 November 2012

A €1.5 million project to help farmers and livestock breeders adequately manage nitrates was launched by Minister for Resources and Rural Affairs George Pullicino


Jamaica: Pig farmers get FAO bio-energy assistance

01 November 2012

Jamaican pig farmers will get assistance from the FAO in helping them to realise greater efficiencies, through the conversion of pig manure into bio-energy, the Jamaica Gleaner reports


Cow dung – a source of green energy

07 September 2012

Traditionally cow dung has been used as a fertilizer, though today dung is collected and used to produce biogas


Successful Bid for Funding to Improve Manure Management

07 September 2012

Australia - The national pork producer industry representative body Australian Pork Limited (APL) recently led a successful manure management research consortium bid targeted towards research into Greenhouse Gas (GHG) mitigation


Livestock Species and Diet Influence Manure

07 September 2012

Canada - The Canada Research Chair in Applied Soil Ecology with the University of Manitoba says diet is one of the factors that will influence the nutrient levels contained in composted livestock manure, writes Bruce Cochrane, University of Manitoba


Japan Govt To Ramp Up Biomass Power Generation By 2020

07 September 2012

The Japanese government wants biomass resources to account for roughly 5% of all power consumed by households throughout Japan by 2020, from approximately 0.3% at present, he Nikkei reported


Biofuel research focuses on manure

07 September 2012

The race to create a better, less controversial biofuel has spawned plenty of research into a variety of potential new sources - including switchgrass, corn stalks and algae


Secretary Vilsack Tours Dairy Farm Methane Digester

20 July 2012

Earlier this week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited a Pennsylvania dairy farm that is using an anaerobic digester to convert manure into electricity and high quality bedding, cutting energy costs and providing a resting area for more contented cows


Sand-laden Manure Handling Options

20 July 2012

Sand bedding is very popular with many dairy producers until it comes to handling sand-laden manure


Shropshire energy plans could power a whole village

20 July 2012

Ambitious plans to build a large-scale renewable energy plant on a county farm could produce enough energy to power the homes of a whole Shropshire village


Economic Analysis of Pig Manure Treatment Options in Ireland

20 July 2012

The technologies investigated were found not to be cost-effective in Ireland, according to researchers at Teagasc. The best option involved transport and spreading of raw manure to a farm within 15km


Opportunity to Turn Dairy Manure into Income

20 July 2012

Dairy producers could soon earn carbon credits through the Federal Government's Carbon Farming Initiative by capturing and destroying greenhouse gases released by cow manure under a new carbon farming methodology


Soils for Profit event at Helston

11 June 2012

The Soils for Profit initiative held an event at Wood and Franchis Farms, near Helston, which was attended by 27 local farmers


Flemish fermentors produce green current and fertiliser

11 June 2012

The Flemish organisation Biogas Vlaanderen, established by eight fermentors, is not only a producer of green power but also a producer of a globally sought-after fertiliser


Opportunity to make better use of organic manures

11 June 2012

Potato Council’s first South West Potato Day took place at Nick and Claire Bragg’s Frogmary Green Farm, South Petherton, Somerset


8 million kWh of green electricity generated for the Italian grid

11 June 2012

Thanks to innovative technologies like EnviTec Feedcontrol, the Italian plant has a capacity of approximately 99 percent


Agriculture Shares A$70 Million in Research Grants

11 June 2012

Over 100 research and demonstration projects across the country will share in $72.5 million as part of the Gillard Government’s first round of Filling the Research Gap and Action on the Ground grants


Manure that doesn’t smell

11 June 2012

The Spanish firm Granja San Ramón presents Bonora, the only organic fertilizer that reduces polluting emissions and doesn’t smell


Biogas installation in Bocholt to ferment maize and manure

10 April 2012

NPG Bocholt is to build a biogas installation in Bocholt, a village in the Limburg province, at a cost of 11 million euros, which is able to provide 6,500 households with green current


Breakthrough in Turkish Biogas

10 April 2012

BGP Engineers in the Netherlands and Sütas Group in Turkey have reached an agreement for the construction of a large biogas project in Karacabey (near Bursa) in Turkey


Food waste to fuel Oslo's City buses

10 April 2012

Stale bread, banana peels, coffee grounds and other food waste will be transformed into green fuel for Oslo's city buses starting next year. The Norwegian capital's new biogas plant will supply the fuel and also provide nutrient-rich bio-fertilizer for agriculture


Farm-Ready Manure Management Options Sought

10 April 2012

CANADA - The Executive Director of the Manitoba Livestock Manure Management Initiative says livestock producers are looking for practical farm-ready solutions they can use for dealing the nutrients contained in manure, Bruce Cochrane writes


Canada: Pig Producers can access more funding to help with costs

10 April 2012

Increased funding under the Manure Management Financial Assistance Program (MMFAP) will help pig producers access more funding to help with the cost of installing manure-management and treatment systems


Soil and Water Management Centre set to increase farmers' knowledge

10 April 2012

Developed in response to a report on the status of soil and water management in England by RASE and a number of independent bodies, the Soil and Water Management Centre aims to provide "sustainable improvements" in farming


Bernardin Lochmueller Awarded Patent for CAFO Wastewater Treatment Wetlands

18 January 2012

Bernardin Lochmueller & Associates (BLA), a leader in sustainable infrastructure design, recently received a method patent for its Eco-Treatment™ constructed wetland system to treat wastewater from animal confinement operations


Agricultural Ammonia Emissions Can be Reduced

18 January 2012

Technological solutions that can reduce agriculture’s contribution to air pollution are already available


Manure gets up nose on sewage farm tour

06 December 2011

A farmer decided to spread manure in a field close to where a controversial sewage treatment works in North Cornwall was open to the public for guided tours


Danish Pig Research Centre: Annual Report 2010: Biogas and Slurry Separation

06 December 2011

The 2010 annual report from the Danish Pig Research Centre describes the costs and benefits of biogas production and pig manure separation


Drying poultry manure using inside ventilation air

06 December 2011

VDL Agrotech introduced its innovative manure drying tunnel, PoulDry at the Dutch exhibition ‘Landbouw Vakbeurs’ in Den Bosch, the Netherlands


Energy obtained from cow manure is green and cheap

20 October 2011

Farmers in Vermont seem to be aware that traditional ways of obtaining energy are expensive and may have damaging consequences upon the environment


Does Converting Cow Manure to Electricity Pay Off? Successful Renewable Energy Project in Vermont

20 October 2011

Studies have estimated that converting manure from the 95 million animal units in the United States would produce renewable energy equal to 8 billion gallons of gasoline


Dairy Operation to Recycle Natural Waste of Cows into Fuel for Delivery Vehicles

20 October 2011

Recycling waste is an integral part of sustainable living in both small-scale homes and large-scale industrial operations


Poultry manure is a biomass

20 October 2011

The European Directive 91/676/EEC promotes the rational use of nitrogen compounds in agriculture to prevent their accumulation on farmland


HRS Heat Exchangers Ltd. awarded million Euros by the European Commission for research & innovation

20 October 2011

Sustainable method for the management of slurry and pig manure


Tried and Tested spreads the word

06 September 2011

Two new guides aimed at helping farmers improve the storage, spreading and handling of manure and slurry are to be launched as part of the industry’s Tried & Tested campaign


Farmers line up to turn muck into energy

06 September 2011

Where there's muck there's brass and, in the face of recession, farmers are putting the old adage into practice


More Sustainable Energy from Agriculture is Possible

06 September 2011

With the aid of improved technology, biomass from agriculture can contribute even further to sustainable energy production via more efficient biogas production


Optical Analyses: More Efficient Biogas Facilities

15 July 2011

Siemens is developing optical measuring techniques that will enable more precise control of biogas facilities in order to increase their efficiency


ADB to Help GMS Boost Biomass Use

15 July 2011

The ADB Board of Directors has approved a regional technical assistance project that will be funded by a $4 million grant from the Nordic Development Fund...


Livestock Manure and Agricultural By-Products for Biogas

15 July 2011

Researchers combine pig slurry and agricultural by-products to optimise biogas production


Biogas plants will need over five million tonnes of feedstock

15 July 2011

A new study from Enagri, a leading information service for the whole bioenergy sector, has revealed that a combination...