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Portland, OR's Metro Council to consider proposed food scraps policy Thursday
If approved, the required collection of food scraps from businesses would roll out over five years starting in March 2020, with businesses that generate 1,000 pounds or more per week of food scraps – the inedible stuff like eggshells, bones and peels. Eventually nearly 3,000 businesses, including schools, would be affected. Those that generate less than 250 pounds of food scraps per week will not be subject to the requirement. More>>

Best in biogas celebrated at industry awards ceremony
16 different awards were presented to the companies and individuals who have made the greatest contribution to delivering the benefits of AD and biogas across the UK and around the world. The ceremony was jointly organised by the UK Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA) and the World Biogas Association (WBA), and was held at the end of the first day of UK AD & World Biogas Expo 2018. The American Biogas Council is a member of and sits on the Board of the WBA. More>>

Farm-bill deal slipping to fall
Lobbyists have long thought that the House and Senate would not be able to reach agreement on the farm bill until fall. But now the idea is circulating that President Trump and the Republicans will want to turn the conference report into a five-year law quickly to show they can do something for agriculture before the House leaves town. Farmers and ranchers need courting, the theory goes, because they are upset about tariffs on U.S. farm products that other countries have imposed in retaliation for the Trump administration's tariffs on steel and aluminum. More>>

Clean Energy lands first RNG customer in New York as fleet interest in the near-zero emissions fuel continues to grow
A renewable natural gas (RNG) headline that doesn't mention California? Seems strange, but it's true as natural gas leader and ABC member Clean Energy Fuels announced this week that it landed its first RNG customer in New York, a municipality that will be using its ultra-low emissions fuel, Redeem, in 80 refuse trucks. More>>

How Renewable Natural Gas Fits Into The Energy Equation
Adding biogas to the mix allows the industry to resolve more issues than just supplying fuel. More>>

Report assesses specifications for biomethane in pipelines
Responding to a request from the California State Legislature (Senate Bill 840, 2016), the California Council on Science and Technology has issued the report "Biomethane in California Common Carrier Pipelines: Assessing Heating Value and Maximum Siloxane Specifications." More>>

CalRecycle funds 3 anaerobic digestion projects
The California Department of Recycling and Recovery has awarded more than $25 million to 10 projects to bolster organics recycling and rescue edible food for those in need. Three of the awards support anaerobic digestion projects. More>>

Why President Trump Hates Canadian Dairy -- And Canada Insists On Protecting It
President Trump has railed against Canada for taking advantage of the U.S. when it comes to trade. A particular point of criticism is the dairy industry. Canada slaps steep tariffs on imports of milk, cheese and butter from the U.S., something Trump has called a "disgrace." Trump may not like it, but those tariffs are part of a politically sensitive, decades-old policy to protect Canada's dairy farmers. The system is called "supply management" and it sets production quotas for the country's dairy, poultry products and eggs. More>>

Duke Energy Betting on Pig Power
Though RNG now represents just a tiny portion of U.S. gas output, it's gaining traction given the easy availability of its source material and its promise to cut how much methane -- a greenhouse gas more potent than carbon dioxide -- slips into the air from pigs, cows and chickens, labeled the "big three" of manure production by the environmental nonprofit and ABC member Energy Vision. An added benefit: Farmers could get new revenue, according to Patrick Serfass, executive director of the American Biogas Council. More>>

US dairies turning manure into 'brown gold'
A growing number of U.S. dairy producers are realizing innovative income streams from what they are calling "brown gold." They are using digesters to turn manure into biogas, which is later converted into compressed or liquefied natural gas, electricity or other fuels. The leftover liquids and solids can then be made into scores of products including fertilizers, plastic, biodegradable flowerpots, cow bedding and a peat-moss substitute...Patrick Serfass, executive director of the American Biogas Council (ABC), says that adding just 10 percent food waste to manure can double a digester's gas output. "Investment groups are watching this space," More>>

CR&R Environmental renewable natural gas pumped into SoCalGas pipelines
Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and waste management company and ABC member CR&R Environmental (CR&R) announced this week that they introduced renewable natural gas produced at CR&R's anaerobic digestion facility into SoCalGas pipelines. This is the first renewable natural gas produced in California to be introduced into SoCalGas' pipeline system, SoCalGas said. More>>

Codigestion Of Food Waste In The U.S.
In 2017, EPA surveyed U.S. operators of anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities that accept food waste to identify the number of facilities in the U.S. and their locations, and to learn about their operations. A report on the findings, Anaerobic Digestion Facilities Processing Food Waste in the United States in 2015, was released by the U.S. EPA Region 3 office in late May (2018). Melissa Pennington of U.S. EPA Region 3 conducted the survey and analyses of the results, and authored the report. This is the first of three annual data collections EPA will make through 2019, and covers data for calendar year 2015. Future reports will summarize data for 2016, 2017, and 2018. This article is based on excerpts from the full report. More>>

Energy Vision applauds New York City Councilmembers for calling on Mayor de Blasio to adopt renewable natural gas
In a joint letter, New York City Councilmembers are urging Mayor de Blasio to "show environmental leadership by exploring the use of biomethane fuel." Twelve members of the City Council's Progressive Caucus signed the letter, which argues "Ultra-low emissions biomethane could be used both by NYC's surface transit and in our City fleets, further aligning the City's procurement practices with our climate and clean air goals." More>>

CA CST Releases Pipeline Biomethane Recommendations
The California Council on Science and Technology has released its long-awaited report on the heating value (BTU) and siloxanes requirements for pipeline bio methane. They recommend that the CPUC consider reducing the BTU requirement to as low as 970. For more detail, ABC members received an alert Monday morning. More>>

California Department of Food and Agriculture Awards $69.9 Million for Dairy Digester Projects
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has awarded $69.9 million in grant funding to 40 dairy digester projects across the state. These projects, part of the Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP), will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from manure on California dairy farms. More>>

Surf And Turf: To Reduce Gas Emissions From Cows, Scientists Look To The Ocean
Scientists think they can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by tweaking the food that cows eat. A recent experiment from the University of California, Davis suggests that adding seaweed to cattle feed can dramatically decrease their emissions of the potent gas methane. More>>

UK to have nationwide food waste collections
The UK will have nationwide food waste collections by 2023 after a new EU recycling directives becomes binding next month. The EU's Circular Economy Package published in their Official Journal this week will require member states to meet recycling targets of municipal waste of 65 per cent by 2035. The package will be binding on member states from 4th July, after which they will have two years to transcribe it into their own national laws. More>>

Jurors slap pork giant Smithfield with $25M for nuisances
Despite decades of complaints from neighbors and environmentalists, the predominant method of handling hog waste in North Carolina is collecting it in open-air pits that are emptied by spraying liquid excrement on farm fields. Smithfield has continued using the low-cost method because it helps the company produce pork for less than in China, lawyers for the neighbors said. Smithfield began covering its waste pits on Missouri farms to reduce odors under pressure from that state's attorney general more than a decade ago. More>>

Sioux City leaders: Natural gas project to make wastewater plant greenest in U.S.
A $9.1 million project set to break ground this August will install new equipment to capture, clean and compress the gas and turn it into renewable fuel to be sold on the national market for use in vehicles. The city has purchased equipment including a chemical scrubber, moisture removal system and carbon dioxide removal system through a $2.25 million contract with ABC member DMT Clear Gas Solutions. More>>

Biogas Council Applauds Senate Passage of the Farm Bill
Today, the American Biogas Council (ABC) applauded the recent passage of the Farm Bill by the Senate. The legislation passed on a vote of 86-11 and is the outcome of bipartisan efforts to craft policies that will help the on farm economy. "Chairman Roberts (R-KS), Ranking Member Stabenow (D-MI) and their staff have worked together brilliantly over the past two years to craft legislation that will encourage a strong rural economy and biogas industry," said Patrick Serfass, Executive Director of the ABC. "We were especially pleased to see... More>>

National Milk Praises Senate Passage of 2018 Farm Bill
The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) today lauded passage of the Senate version of the 2018 Farm Bill by a bipartisan vote of 86 to 11. With the House having adopted its version of the Farm Bill on June 21, the two chambers must now reconcile differences in the two bills in a conference committee later this summer. More>>

Senate passes 2018 Farm Bill
On June 28, the U.S. Senate passed its version of the 2018 Farm Bill with a strong bipartisan 86-11 vote. The legislation, titled “The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018,” includes mandatory funding for Energy Title programs. The Agricultural Energy Coalition, of which the ABC is a member, has spoken out to applaud the senate for its action. More>>

NC protects pork producers against nuisance complaints
North Carolina lawmakers are making it harder for neighbors of agribusinesses to file complaints about smells and other nuisances. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed the wide-ranging farm bill, which contains language sought by pork producers after numerous lawsuits. The Senate overrode the veto on Tuesday; the House did so on Wednesday. More>>

Digesting the Facts About Renewable Natural Gas
[Video] Introductory video explaining what renewable natural gas is. "Renewable energy is an increasingly important part of California's clean energy future. You've probably heard of renewable energy sources like solar and wind, but you may not have heard of renewable natural gas (RNG)." More>>

When Does It Make Sense to Invest in RNG?
Fleet owners switching from diesel to these RNG trucks are doing it to save in fuel and maintenance costs, to tap into Renewable Identification Number credits (RINs) or Low-Carbon Fuel Standard credits (LCFS) and/or for more leverage to win municipal contracts. In this Q&A, Brad Douville, president of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada-based and ABC member Greenlane Biogas, a biogas-to-biomethane upgrade company, advises on fleets' main considerations before buying into RNG. More>>

Biogas Council Statement on EPA's Proposed Renewable Fuel Volumes for 2019
Yesterday, EPA released its 2019 draft renewable fuel targets for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) on time, calling for a 30% increase in biogas-related fuel but continuing to take no action to activate the renewable electricity pathway. Specifically, EPA's proposed rule calls for 381 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel in 2019. The EPA estimates that the vast majority -- 358 million gallons -- will be compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG) derived from renewable biogas. More>>

NYC Councilmembers Fight for RNG as Transportation Fuel
In a joint letter, New York City councilmembers are urging Mayor Bill de Blasio to "show environmental leadership" by encouraging the adoption of renewable natural gas (RNG) as a transportation fuel. Specifically, they encourage the use of biomethane fuel, RNG made from organic waste. According to ABC member Energy Vision, New York City generates 1.2 million tons of food waste annually, which could produce enough RNG to fuel all heavy-duty vehicles in NYC fleets. More>>

City of Ferndale, MI will plan a food-based campus
The Michigan Municipal League has contracted with Carlisle/Wortman Associates to help the city of Ferndale develop a food-based campus on vacant industrially-zoned land on the east side of the city. In a closed-loop system, all waste is contained and re-used on a property. This project will explore building a biodigester on the site to convert food waste from a kitchen incubator on-site, downtown restaurants, and yard waste into methane, providing energy for the building. More>>

Senate farm bill vote sets up clash with House and Trump
The Senate is planning to vote on a farm bill that sets up a clash over food stamp reform with President Trump and House Republicans. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he'll hold a vote this week on the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, a five-year authorization of farm programs and policy, as well as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) otherwise known as food stamps. More>>

EPA: 22.23 million cellulosic RINs generated in May
Nearly 22.07 million D3 cellulosic biofuel RINs were generated in May, bringing the net total for the first five months of the year to 84.48 million. Since the beginning of the year, approximately 5.03 million D3 RINs were generated for ethanol, with 55.71 million generated for renewable compressed natural gas and 23.74 million generated for renewable liquefied natural gas. More than 71.24 million D3 RINs have generated domestically, with 13.24 million generated by importers. More>>

$3.8 million awarded for innovative dairy nutrient management projects
The Washington State Conservation Commission (SCC) has awarded $3,880,000 in grants for projects that will evaluate the use of innovative technology in reducing potential environmental impacts and costs associated with manure management. Each project will be conducted in partnership with at least one dairy. Awards were made to five grantees, including two to ABC members, Regenis and DVO. More>>

House will vote on farm bill and immigration measures Thursday
The House of Representatives on Thursday will take up the 2018 farm bill, alongside immigration reform bills authored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va. and Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., which would include a measure aimed at fixing the controversial family separation policy. More>>

RFQ for Anaerobic Digestion of Organic Materials | Hennepin County, MN
On June 19, Hennepin County, Minnesota, released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ), requesting submissions from qualified, experienced, and financially capable entities to anaerobically digest a minimum of 25,000 tons per year of source-separated organics to produce energy and beneficial soil or agricultural supplements. Submissions are due no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 7, 2018. More>>

Conservatives May Withhold Support in Farm Bill Revote
Deadline for revote on farm bill: June 22; Freedom Caucus members won't commit to backing bill. Conservative lawmakers remain non-committal a week before the deadline to revive the House farm bill after its May defeat over an unrelated immigration bill and tighter eligibility rules for federal food assistance. More>>

Senate panel OKs farm bill, but House wants work provisions
A Senate panel approved a modest, bipartisan rewrite of federal farm and nutrition programs on Wednesday, sidestepping a fight for now but setting up a clash with House Republicans intent on beefing up work requirements for food stamps. The legislation, approved by a bipartisan 20-1 vote, would renew farm safety-net programs such as subsidies for crop insurance, farm credit, and land conservation. More>>

Gov. Malloy and DEEP Announce Selection of 250 MW of Renewable Energy Projects
Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Commissioner Robert Klee today announced that Connecticut has selected over 250 MW of clean and renewable energy projects as part of DEEP's recent Clean Energy Request for Proposals. The projects include the state's first procurement of offshore wind, in addition to multiple fuel cell projects and a new anaerobic digestion facility by ABC member Turning Earth. More>>

Hurdles for a farm-bill deal
The farm bill that the Senate Agriculture Committee will consider Wednesday is refreshingly dull compared to the bill that passed the House Agriculture Committee with only Republican votes and so far has failed to win passage on the House floor. But the utter conventionality of the Senate bill also shows how difficult it would be for the two chambers to write a conference report that would be acceptable to both, especially before the November election. More>>

EPA chief hints he could order more ethanol in fuel
A week after the White House suspended its bid to reform the nation's biofuels policy to aid oil refiners, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday dangled a tantalizing prospect to Midwest corn farmers, saying the agency has the power to expand sales of higher ethanol gasoline blends. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt made the comments during a multi-day tour of the Midwest, as he fended off criticism from farmers and heartland lawmakers that his attempts since last year to overhaul the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) marked a betrayal of Republican President Donald Trump's promises to support rural jobs. More>>

Dairy Farms Find a Lifeline: Beer
Prices have cratered, driven by high supply and falling demand. For Carter & Stevens, staying solvent required creative thinking. "To succeed today as a dairy farm, you need to diversify," Mr. DuBois said. "We found our passion for craft beer." More>>

American Biogas Council Praises Introduction of the Carbon Utilization Act of 2018
On June 5, Senators Michael Bennet of Colorado and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island introduced the Carbon Utilization Act of 2018 which will incentivize emerging carbon utilization technologies, such as digesters and carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration (CCUS) by providing increased access to USDA loan guarantees, research programs, and rural development loans. The bill will create education and research programs and encourage interagency collaboration to advance these technologies. The American Biogas Council praised its introduction as the programs within it can help farms become more resilient and sustainable. More>>

EPA Issues Final Rule to Ensure Federal Enforceability of Iowa Air Program Rules
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve revisions to the Iowa State Implementation Plan (SIP), the 111(d) plan, and the Operating Permits Program. "... a new or modified anaerobic lagoon for an animal feeding operation shall apply for a construction permit as provided in 567 IAC chapter 65. It does not exempt animal feeding operations from air pollution permitting, and solely applies to anaerobic lagoons at animal feeding operations." More>>

Where is all the excess food waste? Here. On this new EPA map.
The U.S. EPA Excess Food Opportunities Map supports nationwide diversion of excess food from landfills. The interactive map identifies and displays facility-specific information about potential generators and recipients of excess food in the industrial, commercial and institutional sectors and also provides estimates of excess food by generator type. The map displays the locations of more than 500,000 potential excess food generators. The map also displays the locations of communities with source separated organics programs, as well as more than 4,000 potential recipients of excess food. More>>

Ted Cruz Says Imperiled Biofuel Overhaul Plan Isn't Dead
A day after a tentative agreement to overhaul U.S. biofuel policy appeared to collapse amid farm-state concerns, EPA chief Scott Pruitt met to discuss the issue with the lead senator pushing for the changes: Ted Cruz. Pruitt declined to comment on the meeting as he left the restaurant, but Cruz said the dinner included discussion about the Renewable Fuel Standard and had been planned well before Monday's reports that a White House-brokered accord was unraveling. Cruz stressed that a deal to overhaul the biofuel policy could be revived. More>>

RFS changes on hold
ASSUME DEAL DEAD: Sen. Joni Ernst's decision to lay into embattled EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt over his alleged about-face on ethanol appears to have paid off. Ernst spoke to President Donald Trump Tuesday night, she wrote on Twitter, and he "just assured me he 'won't sign a deal that's bad for farmers!' Thank you, Mr. President!" Ernst's tweet came at the end of a day that began with her suggesting Trump may have cause to fire his embattled EPA chief, calling Pruitt "as swampy as you get." It appeared to represent another victory for the farm team in the long-running corn-versus-oil showdown over the Renewable Fuel Standard. More>>

Only a Few Spots Left for ABC's Digester Operator Training
Over five days in Oshkosh, WI, you'll get the best training available for digester operators in the US. The first two trainings have sold out and there are only a few spots left for our expanded course June 18-22. Come learn from top digestion operations experts to increase biogas production, digestate quality, revenue and avoid costly, time-consuming and smelly mistakes for your digester. The American Biogas Council and UW-Oshkosh have put together a first class in-person, hands on training program for operators, operations managers, owners and developers, supplemented with classroom teaching. More>>

ABC Annual Conference/BioCycle REFOR18 Discount Code Available
The only national biogas conference for the biogas industry heads south! The early bird registration for BioCycle REFOR18: The official conference of the American Biogas Council is now available. And ABC members can double the savings in this announcement. Email ABC staff to get your code. We hope to see you in Raleigh, NC this October! More>>

Ag committee members advocate for Farm Bill energy title programs
On June 4, a bipartisan group of eight members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry sent a letter to committee chair Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and ranking member Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., expressing support for the Farm Bill energy title programs. The Agriculture Energy Coalition (of which the ABC is a member) has spoken out to thank the senators for their action. More>>

Iowa Senators not happy with report of retroactive refinery waivers
Iowa's two U.S. Senators are not happy about a new report that says the EPA granted retroactive waivers to refineries to allow them to get around the requirements for blending ethanol in gasoline under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Grassley says if he doesn't get the answers on the items he requested from the EPA head, "then I think it is time for Pruitt to go." More>>

Pork giant makes case that penned hogs are good neighbors
The world's largest pork producer put its best case before jurors Wednesday to debunk claims that its waste is responsible for stenches so foul and attracts so many flies that life for rural neighbors is miserable. It's the second lawsuit to come to trial in a series of what could be dozens of similar nuisance complaints on behalf of more than 500 neighbors. As many as 10 lawsuits filed by the same attorneys could go to trials this year. More>>

Vermont Coffee Company Converts to 100 Percent Biogas for Roasting Operations
The 20-year-old coffee roasting company, which sources only organic-certified coffees, believes it is the first commercial roaster in the country to make such a switch involving biogas. The transition was made possible as the company's gas provider, ABC member Vermont Gas, is the first in the U.S. to put renewable biogas into their pipeline system. More>>

Just Released: Anaerobic Digestion Of Food Waste In The U.S.
[BioCycle Magazine] Results of a 2017 survey of anaerobic digesters (AD) in the U.S. processing food waste was just released by the U.S. EPA Region 3 office. The report, "Anaerobic Digestion Facilities Processing Food Waste in the United States in 2015," summarizes data received for three types of AD facilities: Stand-alone food waste digesters; On-farm digesters that codigest food waste; and Digesters at water resource recovery facilities. EPA confirmed that 154 AD facilities processing food waste were operational. Another 30 facilities are believed to be operational, bringing the total operational (confirmed plus unconfirmed) to 184. More>>

McConnell: Senate Farm Bill May Not Include Tighter Work Requirements
Mr. McConnell said this week that he was eager to bring a farm bill to the Senate floor, dispelling speculation that he might be reluctant to pass legislation that vulnerable red-state Democrats up for re-election this year might tout as a political victory. "It's important for this Republican Senate not to leave the farm bill on the sidelines. If the Democrats running in those states vote for it, that's fine," Mr. McConnell said. Republicans "are obviously stronger in rural and small town America than we are in the big cities and the coasts, so for us not to produce a farm bill would be a negative," he said. More>>

BC city using biofuel power waste management system
A new state-of-the-art facility is calling British Columbia home as Renewi Canada and the City of Surrey open North America's first integrated closed-loop organic waste management system. Used to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) and compost soil amenders, the Surrey Biofuel Facility (SBF) takes curb-side organic waste and converts it into fuel for the city's fleet of natural gas vehicles. The $68-million facility, located in Metro Vancouver, opened March 9, 2018, and is expected to produce roughly 120,000 gigajoules of RNG and 45,000 tonnes of compost annually. More>>

"Common Control" Determinations Updated by EPA in Permitting Cases
In a letter, dated April 30, 2018, to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PDEP), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) announced its new policy on determining "common control" for source determinations in federal Clean Air Act (CAA) permitting cases. The Wehrum Letter was issued in response to a letter from PDEP requesting the Agency's comments on a case involving a proposed biogas processing facility and whether it should be aggregated with an existing landfill for air quality permitting purposes. More>>

King County's Biofuel Facility a Boon for Region's Economy and Emissions Reductions
At its South Treatment Plant in Renton, King County, Wash., is reaping the benefits of purifying biogas into renewable natural gas (RNG) for use by commercial vehicles. According to a press release from the county, RNG sales yielded more than $6 million in revenue for King County's Wastewater Treatment Division in 2017. "We are demonstrating to the rest of the country how local governments can work together to build a sustainable, clean energy economy..." [With ABC member Clean Energy Renewable Fuels] More>>

Opinion: Reconsidering the Rescission Package
[By ABC member, Bruce Knight] As a conservative Republican, I strongly support scooping up unused funds sitting in the drawers of federal agencies and returning them to the taxpayers or reducing the federal debt. But the rescission package the Administration recently proposed would make significant cuts in funding that Congress has authorized for important agricultural conservation programs administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). These monies are not spare change but precious dollars the agency intends to use to address a backlog of pending conservation requests. The funds need to be preserved and reserved for conservation -- not returned to the federal treasury. More>>

VT Gas now selling RNG to Residential Customers
Know someone living in Vermont? Send them this link to see how much it would costs to switch to renewable natural gas. Buying renewable natural gas from utilities like ABC member VT Gas helps the biogas industry build more anaerobic digesters. And building more digesters means more infrastructure to recycle food waste, manure and wastewater into energy and soil products! So much to love... More>>

Questions About the Catawba Biogas Announcement
Last Wednesday, AnsonEDP announced that Catawba Biogas would be building a $15 million poultry waste to natural gas conversion plant near Lilesville. Since then, our shop has been fielding a few common questions and we thought it might be useful to post those answers here on our blog. Catawba Biogas is owned by Ductor North America, Inc., an ABC member. More>>

In victory for biogas industry groups, farm bill fails in House
The Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2) -- commonly known as the farm bill -- failed in the House on Friday in a 213 to 198 vote. The core industry issues in the farm bill were overshadowed by ongoing Republican debates over immigration policy. The American Biogas Council (ABC), Agriculture Energy Coalition (AgEC) and Biomass Power Association (BPA) had urged Congress in a statement to oppose H.R. 2 over concerns it will reshape and cut funding for current programs intended to promote the use of biomass and agricultural residues for energy. More>>

Farm Bill, what next after failed House vote?
Some of you may have seen that the ABC strongly encouraged the biogas industry to apply pressure to Congress to vote against the House version of the Farm Bill. It's worth stating that we are not against the Farm Bill, a bill we need to pass because it funds programs at USDA that can accelerate the construction of farm-related biogas systems. We're against the fundamental changes the House put in place in their current version of the Farm Bill. To be specific... More>>

Complexe Enviro Connexions Chooses Paques' THIOPAQ® scrubber
Complexe Enviro Connexions in Lachenaie, Quebec, a waste management service company that owns and operates one of the largest landfill gas upgrading plants in North America, has chosen Paques' THIOPAQ scrubber for desulfurization of 6,000 scfm landfill gas. The desulfurization system will remove on average approximately 1,000 lbs/d of hydrogen sulfide prior to further upgrading the LFG for pipeline injection. The state of the art desulfurization plant is expected to start up in the first quarter of 2019. More>>

Meet The Winners Of The 2018 U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards
Outstanding Supply Chain Collaboration: Magic Dirt of Little Rock, Ark. Getting a peat moss replacement made from dairy cow manure into Walmart stores in 43 states is no small feat. But partners throughout the supply chain – from farm to retail – rose to meet consumers' demand for a more sustainable gardening product. And they did it quickly. In just a few years, Magic Dirt, a ABC member, was innovated and distributed nationwide thanks to dairy farmers' enterprising spirit and Walmart's logistical and marketing expertise. More>>

House votes down 2018 Farm Bill
On May 18, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 198 to 213 to defeat the 2018 Farm Bill, officially titled the Agriculture or Nutrition Act of 2018, or H.R. 2. All 198 votes in favor of passing the legislation were made by republicans, with 30 republicans and 183 democrats voting against the bill. An addition seven republicans and 10 democrats did not vote on the legislation. Following the vote, House Speaker Paul Ryan moved to reconsider the bill. More>>

Call for Papers Open for ABC's Annual Conference @ Biocycle REFOR18
Accepting abstracts now for presentations on October 16-17, 2018. If you have a biogas system-related presentation that's a case study, on a planning process, or on third party research findings, please let us know and join us in Raleigh, NC this October 15-18! More>>

Iowa Residents to Sue the State Over Air Emissions from Industrial Hog Farms
"There's no way $325,000 is going to fix [the NC plaintiffs'] situation or allow them to relocate somewhere else," Watson said. What happened in North Carolina, he added, "makes our lawsuit that much more important, because we're going after the regulatory process [itself]." More>>

What is the farm bill? From food stamps to conservation efforts, a look at the massive legislation
The farm bill's massive size and undertaking gives way to various critiques from those who think its too costly or doesn't do quite enough. House Republicans are reportedly just short of the 218 votes it needs to pass it; President Trump will threaten to veto the legislation if it doesn't include tight enough work requirements for people on food stamps, sources told Fox News. More>>

Bioenergy and Agriculture Groups Urge Congress to Oppose H.R 2, House Farm Bill
The American Biogas Council (ABC) in conjunction with the Agriculture Energy Coalition (AgEC) and the Biomass Power Association (BPA) released the following statement on H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, also known as the Farm Bill. To our organizations, these changes are unacceptable and we urge Congress to oppose H.R. 2 in its current form. More>>

New global report to help cities manage their food waste
According to the World Biogas Association, an ABC member, a new international report to help cities manage their food waste has been launched today. The report sets out the experiences of cities around the world in managing their food waste; the best practices for preventing and reducing food waste; an overview of collection systems to ensure clean food waste is brought to treatment and more. More>>

Dane County, WI secures lake clean-up grant
Dane County, an ABC member, was one of only six counties in Wisconsin to win this grant from the National Association of Conservation Districts. The county is also in the process of conducting an analysis of where new digester facilities could be located to most effectively treat manure and potentially process it into biogas or other byproducts of economic value. That report detailing the feasibility of potential future digester sites is due back later this year. More>>

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