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In the news: July-August 2011

July 26, 2011  by Manure Manager

Farmers Edge, an independent precision agriculture consulting firm, has
been ranked 11th by PROFIT: Your Guide to Business Success in its annual
ranking of Canada’s Top 200 Fastest-Growing Companies.
Farmers Edge named one of Canada’s fastest-growing companies
Farmers Edge, an independent precision agriculture consulting firm, has been ranked 11th by PROFIT: Your Guide to Business Success in its annual ranking of Canada’s Top 200 Fastest-Growing Companies.

Ranking Canada’s fastest-growing companies by five-year revenue growth, the PROFIT 200 profiles the country’s most successful growth companies.

“We are extremely dedicated to the Canadian agriculture industry and we feel this designation will help demonstrate that to producers,” says Wade Barnes, president and CEO of Farmers Edge. “We will continue to provide growers and producers with the tools they need to operate a more profitable farm, with higher yields and higher returns.”

Farmers Edge received similar accolades in 2010, when it was recognized as the number one fastest-growing company in Manitoba. Co-founders Wade Barnes and Curtis MacKinnon were also named Business Development Canada’s Young Entrepreneurs of the Year for Manitoba in 2009.


Farmers Edge offers complete land management solutions, from project development and crop planning to operations and harvest management.

To learn more about Farmers Edge, visit .

JCB marks 65th anniversary
JCB officially marked its 65th anniversary by presenting thousands of employees around the world with gifts to mark the occasion.

Employees received a bottle of Château Léoube rosé wine, two glasses and a DVD highlighting the global footprint of a company, which started life in a lock-up garage in Uttoxeter, U.K. The celebration took place June 21 to coincide with the 95th anniversary of the birth of JCB’s founder, the late Joseph Cyril Bamford.

“In 65 years we’ve gone from one man in a garage in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, to a major global brand renowned for its pioneering spirit,” said JCB chairman Anthony Bamford. “All of this is down to our people. JCB is on the threshold of even greater success and it’s our employees who will help drive our future.

“2011 has also started well for the JCB Group but we are still mindful of economic concerns which could hold back the recovery. We continue to invest in … new products, with 13 new machines launched so far in 2011.”

Biogas plant equipment market growing has announced the addition of a new report – Waste-Derived Biogas: Global Markets for Anaerobic Digestion Equipment with a Focus on North America – to its collection of alternative sources market reports.


According to the report, renewable, sustainable energy generation will be the fastest-growing energy sector over the next two decades. From 2010 to 2016, the market is projected to rise from $124 billion in 2010 to $217 billion in 2016, according to the data provided. According to the analysis, price volatility, supply concerns, and the environmental aspects of fossil fuels are expected to accelerate the pace of all non-fossil fuel development.

The BCC Research report provides an in-depth analysis of the world market for anaerobic digestion equipment used to transform waste materials into sustainable energy. Although energy crops are utilized widely in Germany and some other countries for biogas production, the study only covers gas recovered from wastes. The study also examines the equipment needed to collect landfill gas (LFG), biogas formed naturally at landfill sites.

Four waste types are evaluated as feed materials for the waste-to-energy process in the study: sewage, industrial wastewater, agricultural wastes (crop residuals and manure), and landfill gas. Three different end uses for the gas are also examined: municipal electricity production, on-site electricity (and heat) production, and transportation fuel.

The biogas industry is better developed in other parts of the world than in North America. In addition to the U.S. and Canada, the report covers Europe, where the industry is best developed; Asia, where the largest number of plants are operating; Africa, where the anaerobic process is rapidly gaining popularity; and other world regions where biogas recovery is emerging.
Highlights of the report include:

  • The global market for biogas plant equipments was worth $3 billion in 2010. By 2016, it is estimated at nearly $8.6 billion and rising at a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19.4 percent.
  • The North American market for biogas production equipment is valued at $510 million in 2011 and is forecast to reach nearly $1.2 billion by 2016, reflecting a CAGR of 17.7 percent.
  • The U.S. market value for anaerobic digestion equipment used in biogas production and landfill gas-to-energy collection systems is estimated at $352 million in 2011 and growing at a CAGR of 19.1 percent to 2016. At that rate, the market will reach $845 million by 2016.

For more information about this report, visit .


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