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·         Smithfield’s plans to cover hog lagoons could spur N.C. biogas industry

Smithfield announced in October that it will use covered lagoons and digesters on 90 percent of its hog finishing farms within 10 years, a move that promises to reduce greenhouse gasses, create renewable energy and open opportunities in the biogas sector.

 

·         Smithfield Foods offers charitable grant program

·         State and Region’s Pork Producers Excited About Smithfield Expansion

 

 

Smithfield’s plans to cover hog lagoons could spur N.C. biogas industry

Smithfield announced in October that it will use covered lagoons and digesters on 90 percent of its hog finishing farms within 10 years, a move that promises to reduce greenhouse gasses, create renewable energy and open opportunities in the biogas sector.

 

by Greg Barnes, North Carolina Health News

January 4, 2019

 

A man stepped out of the side door of his home in Kenansville and refused to give his name.

 

“I have to live here,” he said.

 

“Here” is hog-farming country, where signs reading “Stand up for Farmers” sprout from the roadsides.

 

Here, in Duplin County, hogs outnumber people 32-1.

 

Just outside of view from the man’s home lies Optima KV, a pilot project involving five farms that use covered lagoons and anaerobic digesters to convert methane from hog waste into renewable natural gas. The biogas is then injected into pipelines and sold to Duke Energy.

 

The man complained about odors and flies from Optiva KV. He said he built his sun porch for that reason. But he admitted that the smells aren’t as bad as they once were, before the covered digesters were installed.

 

Optima KV could be viewed as a microcosm of the not-too-distant future, a time when almost all of Smithfield Foods’ hog finishing farms in North Carolina will use covered lagoons and digesters to convert methane into biogas.

 

Smithfield announced in late October that 90 percent of the lagoons on those farms will be covered within 10 years. Similar projects will also be done in Missouri and Utah.

 

The announcement was followed by another one a month later in which Smithfield said it was partnering with Dominion Energy, a public utility based in Virginia, to spend at least $250 million in the next decade on hog farms in North Carolina, Virginia and Utah.

 

Smithfield says it is taking the steps partly to meet its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2025 by capturing 85,000 tons of methane each year to generate renewable natural gas. That’s the equivalent of removing 900,000 cars from the roads.

 

Smithfield spokeswoman Lisa Martin said the pork producer and Dominion Energy will pay for the infrastructure, including piping, transportation, gas cleaning and equipment to inject the gas into pipelines. Farmers will pay for the digesters and lagoon covers if they choose to participate, Martin said.

 

Biogas could lead to thousands of jobs ...

 

Reducing greenhouse gases ...

 

Joint venture ...

 

Optima KV leading the way ...

 

Other benefits of covers and digesters ...

 

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https://www.northcarolinahealthnews.org/2019/01/04/smithfields-plans-to-cover-hog-lagoons-could-spur-n-c-biogas-industry/

 

 

Smithfield Foods offers charitable grant program

Smithfield Foods is offering up to $1.5 million in grant programs to work on hunger relief, education, and veterans projects.

 

WVEC-TV/13News Now (VA)

January 3, 2019

 

SMITHFIELD, Va. — The Smithfield Foundation is offering a charitable grant program that will offer up to $1.5 million to support projects related to hunger relief, education, and veterans.

 

The Smithfield Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Smithfield Foods, Inc. The grant program adds to the millions of dollars the company donates every year. In 2017, Smithfield donated $27.4 million to address the needs of Smithfield's local communities.

 

The grant program will offer year-long projects with key non-profit partners to support communities where employees live, work, and raise their families.

 

Each grant awarded will be a minimum of $250,000. Organizations interested in applying must be a recognized 501(c)(3) public charity to be considered eligible.

 

“Smithfield is honored to stand with and assist the organizations and initiatives that align with the areas of focus that we are truly passionate about as a company,” said Keira Lombardo, senior vice president of corporate affairs for Smithfield Foods and president of the Smithfield Foundation, in a press release...

 

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https://www.13newsnow.com/article/news/local/virginia/smithfield-foods-offers-charitable-grant-program/291-c4bc6273-8027-416e-888d-13dcf5d17f48

 

 

State and Region’s Pork Producers Excited About Smithfield Expansion

 

Radio 570 WNAX (SD)

Jan 2, 2019

 

Construction is making progress on the $45 million expansion of Smithfield Foods in Sioux Falls and that has pork producers in the region excited about the future of their industry. South Dakota Pork Producers Council First Vice President Craig Andersen says they’re encouraged by the investment in a state-of-the-art hog barn, bacon slicing machine and ground pork spicer.

 

He says the construction signals growth and opportunity for the pork industry in the state and region.

 

Andersen says it also shows that Smithfield Foods believes the export market will continue to grow for pork...

 

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https://wnax.com/news/180081-regions-pork-producers-excited-about-smithfield-expansion/