Ag Secretary Wants Cow Farmers To Capture Methane For Energy

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The United States is counting on cows to help reduce its carbon footprint.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a plan Tuesday to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the dairy industry 25% by 2020, mostly by convincing farmers to capture the methane from cow manure that otherwise would be released into the atmosphere.

Agriculture accounts for about 7% of the greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.

A big part of the plan includes convince more farmers to purchase anaerobic digesters that essentially convert cow manure into electricity. The problem is that until now only 2% of dairy farmers who are good candidates for the technology are using it.


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