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January 2, 2017, Denver, CO – A company that converts cow manure into gas energy has sued Weld County commissioners in federal court claiming their "irrational" decision to shut down the renewable energy company's $115 million plant was based on a relatively small number of complaints even though it is…
December 21, 2016, Lancaster, PA – For years, Pennsylvania farmers and farm groups have complained that they have been doing more to keep pollution out of local streams and the Chesapeake Bay than the federal government gives them credit for. They were right. Results of a much-anticipated farm survey by…
December 21, 2016, LaSalle, CO – One of the country’s largest biogas plants will suspend operations. Weld County Commissioners voted unanimously to suspend operations at the Heartland Biogas Project until it obtains a valid permit to operate. Heartland takes in cow manure and food scraps, converting them into natural gas.…
December 14, 2016, Granger, WA — Work is reportedly underway at a Lower Valley dairy to ensure cow manure stored in ponds doesn’t seep into groundwater. The Cow Palace Dairy north of Granger began last week installing liners in its lagoons to prevent manure from seeping into groundwater, according to…
December 15, 2016, Casco, WI — A highlight of the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin tour of the 6,000-cow Kinnard Farm in Casco was the sand recycling system that is in place on the farm since last year. Lee Kinnard, CEO and owner of the farm, together with his brother…
December 12, 2016, Auburn, NY – When Bill Jones looked at a map of where farm-based digesters were located in New York State, he was a bit surprised to see that Cayuga County had about one-third of them. Living on Owasco Lake, Jones said he is aware of the blue-green…
December 8, 2016, Madison, WI – Farm runoff standards are set to be tightened in Wisconsin, so state officials want to hear from the public about the proposed changes. The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection will hold four public hearings in January on the changes to the rule…
December 6, 2016, Montpelier, VT – Vermont farmers are facing new rules to prevent runoff into Lake Champlain, which some call the biggest change to the industry in their lifetime. The new agricultural practices, with took effect Dec. 5, include rules for small farm certification, storing and spreading of manure,…
December 5, 2016, Saratoga, WI – The Wood County Town of Saratoga has passed a new ordinance to protect groundwater from manure spreading in its continuing fight to keep a concentrated animal feeding operation from locating there. The proposed Golden Sands Dairy would house 5,300 animals, and produce 55 million…
December 5, 2016, Portage County, WI – The family of a Portage County farmer who died last summer from manure gas poisoning wants to use the money people donated in his memory to promote farm safety efforts. The Michael Biadasz Farm Safety and Education Memorial Fund was established to help…
December 2, 2016, Prosser, WA – Washington State University will host a free educational workshop for dairy farmers, consultants and others managing dairy manure. The workshop will take place 9 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center, 2140A Wine Country Road, Prosser. READ…
December 1, 2016, Madison, WI – Large farms could hire experts to craft their pollution and construction permit applications under a reorganization plan the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced recently. The agency has been working on reorganizing since July 2015 to deal with a growing workload and the state's…
November 30, 2016, Sheboygan Falls, WI — Majestic Crossing Dairy is a story of four families coming together. All from Sheboygan County, the Strauss, Herzog, Wedepohl and Radloff families formed Majestic Crossing Dairy in 2011. They milk 2,000 cows on two separate facilities about 4 miles apart. They operate 3,400…
November 22, 2016, School Hill, WI – Robinway Dairy, located near Kiel, has expanded their business while simultaneously taking strides in reducing their environmental footprint. Jay and Pam Binversie, farm owners, shared how they are doing so when they hosted the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin Nutrient Innovation and Dairy…
November 22, 2016, Kewaunee, WI – Questions and shock remain after a surprise announcement from Gov. Scott Walker that Wisconsin is ready to help build a manure biodigester in Kewaunee County. Walker said Nov. 17 the state will take proposals to build a centralized plant that would convert manure into…

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