Bringing renewable energy technology to more farms

DFA, Vanguard Renewables announce strategic alliance

DFA members are at the forefront of identifying new technologies and farm practices that promote and enhance environmental stewardship. To further support our members in the area of sustainability, the Cooperative entered into a strategic alliance with Vanguard Renewables to provide additional tools and resources that DFA members can access toward the development of anaerobic digester technology.

Anaerobic digester technology brings several benefits to the dairy sector and surrounding communities that range from on-farm renewable energy production to nutrient management enhancements, however, navigating the project development and implementation process can be cumbersome and challenging for many dairy producers. Presently, Vanguard Renewables is working with several DFA members to develop collaborative anaerobic digester business models that incorporate farm and food waste. Vanguard Renewables has the capabilities to aggregate a broad portfolio of resources ranging from technology providers, food processing and government support programs to successfully develop a project.

In 2011, Vanguard Renewables installed a system at Jordan Dairy Farms, a sixth-generation DFA member farm in Rutland, Mass. Annually, the system processes over 9,000 tons of manure and 20,000 tons of food waste into enough energy to power 1,600 homes. For more information about this project and other Vanguard initiatives, view the video below or visit Vanguard Renewables’ website.

For more information or to discuss a renewable energy project, contact George Harper at
816-801-6146 or geharper@dfamilk.com, or Tom Shephard at 315-433-1238, ext. 5507, or tshephard@dfamilk.com.