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April 14, 2017

DFA Enters Renewable Energy Partnership

 |  By: Mike Opperman

Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) and Vanguard Renewables, a Massachusetts-based renewable energy developer, have established a strategic partnership to help bring anaerobic digestion technology to DFA member farms.

With the alliance, DFA and Vanguard Renewables will collaborate to develop resilient business models using anaerobic digestion systems. Working with farmers, government agencies, dairy processors and retailer customers, the partners will build business cases for innovative systems. For those business models that meet financial thresholds, Vanguard Renewables will provide capital investment for anaerobic digestion systems on DFA member farms. Vanguard also will help oversee and monitor the on-site operation of the digester on these farms. This expertise will allow farmers to remain focused on the core operational aspects of running their farms and not get distracted by the digester, while gaining added income from dairy operations.

“Dairy farmers have always been great stewards of the land. But, like any business, farmers must continue to innovate and evolve,” said David Darr, president of farm services at DFA. “With this partnership, we hope to make anaerobic digestion more available to more farmers, which is not only good for the environment, but will also help our farmer families run their businesses more efficiently, and that’s a win-win.”

Vanguard Farm Powered anaerobic digestion systems are currently operating on two DFA member farms, with the goal of adding more soon.

“Anaerobic digesters are extremely complex systems and could easily become a full-time job for a farmer to manage,said John Hanselman, Executive Chairman at Vanguard Renewables. “We want to help farms by streamlining the development process and by providing professional operation.”

 

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