JBS pledges net zero greenhouse emissions by 2040

Reading Time: 2 minutes Sao Paulo | Reuters — JBS SA, the world’s largest meatpacker, has committed to zeroing the balance of its global greenhouse gas emissions by 2040, the company said on Tuesday, amid criticism of its role in a Brazilian beef industry driving rainforest destruction. “We know it is very difficult to achieve this,” CEO Gilberto Tomazoni […] Read more

Burnbrae operates the largest solar-powered egg farm in Canada.

Burnbrae solar farm wins Excellence in Agriculture award

Reading Time: < 1 minute Burnbrae Farms is one of the recipients of the Ontario government’s Excellence in Agriculture awards. The province made the announcement at the start of the recent Ontario Agriculture Week. Burnbrae Farms operates the largest solar-powered egg farm in Canada, operating off the electricity grid. Four barns use high-efficiency motors, lighting and ventilation systems to ensure […] Read more

DynaCERT chief engineer Robert Maier says he’s looking for farmers who have new gen machinery with a high degree of connectivity, so he can run documented trials on HydraGEN performance in an agricultural context.

Hydrogen and oxygen equal cleaner burn

Lower combustion temperatures increase power and decrease nitrogen oxides, creating healthier fuel efficiency

Reading Time: 4 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – A minuscule mist of hydrogen and oxygen sprayed into the air intake of a diesel engine can burn cleaner and lower fuel consumption by 10 to 20 per cent. The technology delivers greater fuel efficiency with less pollution. The unique HydraGEN technology is based on the fact that flame speed of hydrogen […] Read more

Dave Green and his parents, Gord and Laura Green, own Greenholm Farms in Embro, Ont. Methane gas produced from 
organics and cattle manure generate electricity on the farm that is sold into the Ontario power grid.

Tapping into the power of methane

Producing power on a dairy farm increases the complexity of the farm’s facilities and management

Reading Time: 5 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – The owners of Greenholm farms near Embro have created a “circle of agriculture” by adding a biogas digester. The circle helps cycle nutrients throughout the system, tied together by barn systems, machinery and expertise. The owners, Gord and Laura Green, along with their son and business partner, Dave, have discovered that producing […] Read more

Dairy cows eat their breakfast at a dairy farm, in Exeter, Rhode Islan.

U.S. utilities turn to farms in climate change fight

The United States, and especially California is ahead of Canada in adopting renewable natural gas

Reading Time: 3 minutes Reuters – Joey Airoso has always been proud of his cows, whose milk goes into the butter sold by national dairy company Land O’Lakes. Now he has something new to brag about: the vast amounts of gas produced by his 2,900-head herd is powering truck fleets, homes and factories across the state of California. “It’s […] Read more

Laurie Stanton, of Stanton Farms near Ilderton, is planning to build a second methane digester to create renewable natural gas.

Ontario farmers seeing revenue opportunity in biogas digesters

Renewable natural gas contracts are making new methane capture projects profitable again

Reading Time: 6 minutes Renewable natural gas produced in biogas digesters is emerging as an opportunity for Ontario farmers to capture revenue from waste. Natural gas utilities in British Columbia and Quebec have requested proposals to supply scrubbed methane from biogas digesters for customers willing to pay more for natural gas with a lower carbon footprint. Why it matters: […] Read more

Greenhouses keep growing in Ontario, meaning greater energy demands.

New energy efficiency funding program available for greenhouses

Electrical agency issues targeted call for proposals

Reading Time: 3 minutes The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) is looking to help fund energy-efficiency measures at Ontario greenhouses through a specialized call for proposals under its existing Grid Innovation Fund. The arms-length Crown corporation responsible for Ontario’s electricity market recently published a new “Greenhouse Energy Profile Study,” which included the call for proposals. Why it matters: This […] Read more

The biodigester at Harcolm Farms.

Mini-biodigester offers big output for Ontario dairy farm

Ontario’s only mini-biodigester has been operating for more than a year and has changed how Harcolm Farms manages manure

Reading Time: 3 minutes After about 18 months of operation, Ontario’s one and only mini-digester is going strong. It’s situated at Harcolm Farms near Beachville, Ont., and owned by dairy farmers Rob and Rachel McKinlay. Minis are a fraction of the cost of a full-sized digester (there are more than 40 here in Ontario) and require much simpler permitting. […] Read more

Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice-President Joe Biden speaks at an event at Iowa Wesleyan University in Mount Pleasant, Iowa on June 11, 2019. (Photo: Reuters/Jordan Gale)

As Biden tours Iowa, farmers want to know where he stands on ethanol

Reading Time: 4 minutes New York | Reuters — Joe Biden may have an ethanol problem. The former U.S. vice-president has pledged support for advanced biofuels as part of his bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. But Biden, who leads the crowded Democratic field in opinion polls in Iowa and nationally, faces lingering questions in the U.S. Farm […] Read more

Making gasoline from wood pulp

Renewable energy: A Swedish researcher is using a pulp and paper byproduct to power cars

Reading Time: < 1 minute Lund, Sweden | Reuters – Might tree roots, twigs and branches one day be used to power cars? That’s what a Swedish researcher is hoping after developing a pulp byproduct that, on a modest scale, does just that. Chemical engineering scientist Christian Hulteberg, from Lund University, has used the black liquor residue from pulp and […] Read more