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· US: Biogas permitting for hog farms now law
· Farmer-owned biogas plant showcases Canada's push for clean agtech
Biogas permitting for hog farms now law
July 12, 2021
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A streamlined permitting process for hog farmers who also want to convert methane from waste ponds into energy will begin after Gov. Roy Cooper signed the legislature’s annual agriculture bill into law July 2.
The Democratic governor decided the measure will be enacted, despite dozens of environmental, civil rights and community groups urging him to veto the bill due to “general permit” language for biomass operations contained inside. Cooper had until July 11 to act on the measure or it would become law without him.
The farm measure was one of 11 that Cooper signed into law, but he provided no statement on the measure with that announcement. He also vetoed a bill that would have ended additional federal unemployment benefits created during the pandemic.
The farm measure directs the Environmental Management Commission, a part of the Department of Environmental Quality, to develop a “general permit” for animal farm operations that allow the owner to construct and operate a farm digester system...
... Smithfield Foods and Dominion Energy are developing a project in which trapped gas from hog farms gets pumped to a refining facility proposed in Duplin County...
Farmer-owned biogas plant showcases Canada's push for clean agtech
The Cattle Site
15 July 2021
Canada's Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Marie-Claude Bibeau, was on site at Coop Agri-Énergie Warwick, the first agricultural cooperative dedicated to the production of renewable energy in Quebec, to highlight an investment of up to $758,243, which supported the development of a cooperative agricultural biomethanizer plant.
Minister Bibeau highlighted the investment while touring the new eco-friendly plant, which brings together a dozen farmers from the Arthabaska MRC who produce renewable natural gas (RNG) from slurry and dairy cattle manure mixed with residual organic matter from surrounding farm businesses.
Coop Agri-Énergie Warwick expects that the new facility, which is currently in the start-up phase, will produce 2.3 million cubic meters of RNG each year. As a result, the organization estimates annual reductions of approximately 6,500 tonnes of CO2 equivalent, or the equivalent of removing 1,600 vehicles from the road.
Minister Bibeau highlighted the investment as an example of the kinds of projects the Government of Canada is seeking for the new $165.7-million Agricultural Clean Technology Program, which opened to applicants on 16 June.
Speaking at the facility, she said, "Agricultural producers are key partners in combatting climate change, and our Government is committed to supporting their efforts to reduce GHG emissions. I am very proud to support this initiative through the Agricultural Clean Technology Program, which aims to make Canada a world leader in this field. This project demonstrates that we can protect the planet while growing our farm businesses."
This new program provides farmers and agri-businesses with access to funding to help develop and adopt the latest clean technologies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and enhance their competitiveness. It will prioritize projects in three areas...
The new program has two funding streams ...