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Minnesota Farmer Presents at International Renewable Energy Conference in Washington, D.C.

October 21, 2009

On October 19th, Minnesota farmer Jerry Jennissen of Brooten, Minnesota, presented at the Biomass Finance and Investment Summit located at the Almas Temple Club in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Jennissen explained to a room full of project investors, developers, and federal government officials, the unique opportunities in on-farm anaerobic digesters.  Additionally, he explained new opportunities in project collaboration between farm owners and other entities with organic waste streams.  The advantageous siting and technology of Mr. Jennissen’s on-farm digester has allowed him to explore the integration of waste streams from off-farm entities into his anaerobic digester. 

With the digester built in 2008, the Jer-Lindy Farm became the first dairy farm in the nation with fewer than 175 milking head to implement and operate an on-farm digester.  Most on-farm digesters operate on much larger farms, typically with over 1,000 milking head.  Until this time, many assumed digesters could not be feasibly operated on small or medium sized farms.  The Jer-Lindy Digester has allowed the Jennissen’s to better manage their waste streams to reduce potential negative environmental impacts while burning methane to produce electricity used on the farm and exported onto the electric grid.  This process not only destroys methane that normally would escape into the atmosphere and contribute to climate change, it helps reduce the demand for electricity generated from fossil fuel sources.  For more information on the Jer-Lindy Farm digester see: http://www.mnproject.org/e-Jer-LindyFarm.html

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 27, 2009 3:07 am

    where do you get them from.
    because I have a cherry tree but they die before winter
    do you water the if they and your backyard

    • Ryan Stockwell permalink
      October 27, 2009 1:21 pm

      Jamece,
      Can you repeat your question please?

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