New regulations require dairies to report emmissions from manure

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Many Roosevelt and Curry County dairies and feedlots are still waiting to feel – maybe a better word in this case is “sniff” – the impact of a new federal regulation on reporting air emissions. At issue are two major byproducts of cattle operations – emissions of ammonia and […]

Biogas plants planned for Curry and Roosevelt counties on hold

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico The home loan crash has affected the start of another proposed alternative-energy facility in the area. Gibbs Energy president Joe Maceda said the construction of a biogas facility that would extract methane gas from cow manure has been stalled after the primary investor for the $25 million project was […]

Manure’s allure

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Chicken, horse, cow, bat and even human manure are nothing to turn your nose up at when it comes to soil enrichment, according to local gardening experts. Using manure for gardening and lawn care is a timeless agriculture practice proponents swear by for its value in adding nutrients and organic […]

Farmers support proposed initiative

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Local dairy farmers support the idea of turning manure into electricity, and now that Gov. Bill Richardson wants state incentives to encourage the idea, they say it’s more feasible than ever. “Local dairies here have been wanting to do some projects, but we need help,” said Art Schaap, a […]

Booming cattle industry attracts business

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers When famous bank robber Willie “The Actor” Sutton was asked why he robbed banks, he responded, “Because that’s where the money is.” A similar answer could come from Panda Energy regarding its plans to build a 100-million-gallon-per-year ethanol plant near Muleshoe that proposes to use a billion pounds of cow […]

Researchers look into manure-based energy

Tony Parra Nothing goes to waste. Not even waste goes to waste. Not anymore, at least. Researchers at New Mexico State University are investigating a more efficient method of creating electric energy out of manure. NMSU civil engineers Z.A. Samani and Adrian Hanson have been working on enhancing the two-phase bio-fermentation process, which would be […]