Byproduct from pork for biofuel

INDIANA - Will future advertisements for pork include the following slogan: "the other white meat, and now a plentiful, renewable, organic source of energy made right here in Indiana."
calendar icon 2 October 2006
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Energy source is not our first thought with hog waste, but a proposal to turn the odorous farm byproduct into a biofuel is intriguing. Such a proposal is on the table in Clinton County.

Disposal of livestock waste is a constant challenge. Concerns about odor and pollution can strain relations between farmers and their neighbors. Using manure as a source of energy is worth study.

Clinton County is not the only place to consider turning animal waste into energy. Reynolds, also known as Biotown USA, is scheduled to have a power plant that will use livestock waste, municipal waste and other organic byproducts such as cornstalks.

The proposed plant in Clinton County would pump hog waste into a biorefinery, where methane and carbon dioxide would power a generator for the farms and up to 220 additional homes.

Source: Journal and Courier
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