Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson have announced a new interagency agreement promoting renewable energy generation and slashing greenhouse gas emissions from livestock operations. The collaboration will provide up to $3.9 million over the next five years to help farms overcome obstacles preventing them from recovering and using biogas.
The collaboration will expand technical assistance efforts, improve technical standards and guidance for the construction and evaluation of biogas recovery systems, and expand outreach to livestock producers and assist them with pre-feasibility studies. The agreement expands the work of the AgSTAR program, a joint EPA-USDA effort that helps livestock producers reduce methane emissions from their operations.
Secretary Vilsack says that farms and ranches can contribute greatly to addressing America's long-term energy challenges and this partnership will not only help generate renewable energy, but provide new income opportunities for farmers and ranchers.