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US senator supports aid for turning waste into power


July 24, 2014, Poestenkill, NY – For the last four years, the black-and-white Holstein cows at Peter Wagner’s dairy farm in Poestenkill have been like little electric power plants, with their manure converted into enough electricity so far to power nearly 185 average homes for a year.

That magic happens through the use of a $1 million machine called an anerobic digester. Recently, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer unveiled a proposal for a federal tax credit to reimburse farmers like Wagner for 30 percent of the expense of the system. Schumer said it would encourage growth in the state’s dairy industry, including its burgeoning yogurt making. READ MORE