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Renewable Energy Education Field Days -Anaerobic Digesters

Renewable Energy Education Field Day – Anaerobic Digesters

The use of anaerobic digesters as a tool for energy production, manure/nutrient management and revenue generationfor livestock operations in the Southwest region of the United States was the focus of a virtual Renewable Energy Education Field Day on Oct. 26, 2011.

This webinar examined technical, environmental and financial factors to consider when installing an anaerobic digester on a livestock operation.  Specific attention was given to the use of digesters with dry manure and in the unique climatic conditions of the Southwest.

Farm Foundation, NFP organized the webinar in collaboration with USDA’s Office of Energy Policy and New Uses, USDA Rural Development, and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. This is the second Renewable Energy Education Field Day presented by Farm Foundation, NFP and USDA agencies.  The first field day, which took place in November 2010, focused on biomass.

Providing opening remarks were New Mexico Sen. Jeff Bingaman, who chairs the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee; U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack;  Dr. Catherine Woteki, USDA Under Secretary for Research, Education and Extension; and Dr. Lowell Catlett, Dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University.

Farm Foundation, NFP organized the webinar in collaboration with USDA’s Office of Energy Policy and New Uses, USDA Rural Development, and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service

The webinar was targeted to dairy and beef producers in New Mexico, Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.  It originated from the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, Las Cruses, N.M. Viewing sites were organized in California, Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma and Washington, D.C.

Speakers included livestock producers with experience in operating an anaerobic digester, industry leaders working with various technologies used in anaerobic digestion, university researchers, the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, and representatives from government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s AgStar program. Review the  speaker bios.

Here is the webinar agenda, with speaker presentations as available:

Session 1 – Perspectives on Sustainable Energy
Moderator: Mary Thompson, Farm Foundation, NFP

Welcome
Lowell Catlett, Dean, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, New Mexico State University

Renewable energy options for the New Mexico
The Honorable Jeff Bingaman, U. S. Senator from New Mexico

USDA Commitment to Digesters and the Growth of the Eco-Service Market
The Honorable Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

Research to Commercialization
Dr. Catherine Woteki, USDA Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics

Session 2 – A Producer Perspective on Sustainability and Integrated Digester Systems
Moderator:  Bill Hagy, USDA

Sustainability and Anaerobic Digester Systems
Mike McCloskey, Select Milk Producers, Inc. and Fair Oaks Dairy

Session 3 – Digesting manure under dry climatic conditions
Moderator: Bill Hagy, USDA

Lessons learned from the Pecos Valley Study
David Belcher and Gerry Greathouse, Pecos Valley Biomass Cooperative, Clovis, N.M.

Perspectives from beef operations digesting feedlot manure
 Mike Kotelko, Highmark Feeders & Growing Power Hairy Hill LP, Alberta, Canada

Session 4 –  How a digester can help manage livestock manure/nutrient issues
Moderator: Robert Hagevoort, New Mexico State University

Technical issues of digester integration into an energy/nutrient management system and cogeneration
 Dr. Saqib Mukhtar, Texas A&M University

The economics of digester integration into an energy/nutrient management system and cogeneration
 Dr. Bill Lazarus, Economist, University of Minnesota

Nutrient treatment technologies for manure
 Bob Monley, Farm Pilot Project Coordination, Inc.

Session 5 – Potential revenue streams from an integrated digester syste
Moderator: James Fischer, Fischer & Associates

Connecting on-site electrical generators & electric grids in the Southwest
 Nolan Clark, Bushland, Texas

Composting, Carbon Mitigation and Fiber Revenue Potential
 Bob Joblin, AgPower Group

Session 6 – Financing options for anaerobic digester installation
Moderator: James Fischer, Fischer & Associates

Models for financing digester systems
 Jerry Bingold, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy

Government financing programs
 Bill Hagy, USDA Office of the Secretary

Expectations of Lenders
Jacob Penn, Farm Credit of New Mexico

Session 7 – Next steps to begin integrating a digester into a livestock operation
Moderators: James Fischer, Fischer & Associates

Programs of USDA and the Natural Resources Conservation Service
Bill Boyd, NRCS Manure Management Team Leader, North Carolina

Programs of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Chris Voell, National Program Manager, AgStar, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Universities/State programs
Robert Hagevoort, New Mexico State University

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