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David Sparks Ph.d Manure Technology
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Line on Agriculture
Date: September 19, 2018

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More than three years ago, 14-leading dairy organizations representing nearly all U.S. dairy farmers, joined together to reduce the environmental footprint of dairy and to make it economically viable for farmers to do so. The cooperative effort is an organization called Newtrient. EVERY DAY, DAIRY FARMERS WORK TO PRODUCE MILK. BUT, NEWTRIENT CEO STEVEN ROWE SAYS THEY ALSO HAVE OPPORTUNITIES TO MANAGE THEIR FARMS, AND THE MANURE THEIR COWS PRODUCE, IN WAYS THAT PROVIDE ECONOMIC ADVANTAGE. "We are at a crossroads in the industry. And we have an opportunity here to really show off all of the benefits that dairy farming can bring to our communities and society as a whole. Our core focus is reducing the environmental footprint of dairy, and to make it economically viable to do so. That is really what Newtrient is about. “

 

ROWE SAYS THAT JUST AS WHEY HAS BECOME AN ADDITIONAL REVENUE OPPORTUNITY FOR CHEESE PROCESSORS, DAIRY FARMERS CAN LOOK BEYOND MILK FOR INCOME POSSIBILITIES.

"We can do the same thing with manure as long as we treat it as a product and not as a problem to overcome. This can be a very different, very positive environmental future for dairy, and then all of agriculture."

 

TO HELP FARMERS SORT THROUGH THE MANURE MANAGEMENT AND NUTRIENT RECOVERY OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO THEM, ROWE SAYS NEWTRIENT HAS DEVELOPED A COMPREHENSIVE 'CONSUMER REPORTS" STYLE ON-LINE CATALOG THAT TESTS AND REVIEWS THE AVAILABLE TECHNOLOGIES.

 

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