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Farm Visit and Meeting

I am excited to say that I am going to get time to go spend on another Jersey Farm today! Lawton’s, who are some of my favorite people around, have a 75 milking cow herd of the most beautiful jerseys!

I have to admit, I feel almost priveledged to be able to go sit down with them for a couple of hours and talk with them about the four generations that have worked the farm. They are lacking ONE year from being in operation 75 YEARS! And I really hope I live to see the day when the celebrate 100!

First thing this morning though, I have to go sit through a bioenergy training class that I am an advisor and instructor for….blah! But, someone needs to do this to educate our local economic development agencies just how important agriculture is to the renewable energy sector and local economic development. Too many times, these agencies won’t talk anything agriculture. I am hoping that these monthly classes (that have been going on for almost a year) have changed the mind sets of the staff. I don’t get paid to do any of this either. It’s been my commitment to the agriculture sector and hopefully more farm security in the upcoming future. I do it for my neighbors, my friends and yes, even a few of my extended family members.

Do I feel I am an industry leader? In some ways, yes I do. In others, no. I am just trying to do my part to educate and promote agriculture. Too many people don’t understand the full diversity of how important our farm land is. It isn’t only about food production anymore. It’s about food, fiber, and energy. It’s not all about the little guys and girls like me, it’s about doing what is best for the environment. It’s about using left over waste products and land that isn’t valued for the food system. There are so many different aspects that most people just don’t grasp. Maybe the whole concept is just too big…another reason why this program is taking a year already and I am sure at least another to begin actual projects.

It takes time to get people to open their minds and sometimes their eyes to see the world around them. We don’t live in a concrete jungle, not all of us anyway. We live in wide open spaces where we watch the birds come in to nest. We watch wildflowers bloom and cover fields in a sea of purples, blues, yellows and whites. We watch as deer, turkey and geese walk across fields looking for food to forage. We sit along creek banks and ponds watching the fish swim and jump. It is just a different way of life that needs preservation. It’s that way of life that keeps me passionate about everything I do.

So for now…I am off to the concrete jungle to talk about nature’s finest moments and how agriculture works together with nature to provide us the stuff we need….would rather be watching that new calf out running in the pasture along side his mother but, sometimes we all have to make sacrifices for the greater good!

Peace to all and God bless you!

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Bioenergy and Agriculture

As many of you already know, I have been working for the past two and a half years on developing more bioenergy usage within my region. Not for many of the reasons that most people think either.

I work in this industry, pushing for the additional option to farmers and landowners. To some folks, there is no understanding of what bioenergy is exactly. You may have the basic concept that it comes from biological materials and in that aspect, you are correct. Bioenergy can be defined as an alternative energy produce from living materials.

You can break bioenergy into three basic concepts. The following PDF document will help you see the potential uses of the three separate categories.
Bioenergy through Agriculture

Over the next couple of weeks, I will be compiling a flow chart for the different industries that can potentially be impacted and see economic variations through a bioenergy energy sector. The first one that I will be focusing on is Biogas. Some of you are already familiar with biogas, since it is something that we all hear about (both good and bad) within Ag.

Biogas is nothing more than harnessed Methane. But, some of you still have some questions about how methane can be used to produce energy. I will give you just an overview of those answers when I compile them into an additional tag along slideshow.

I think it is important for all farms, large and small, to consider the benefit potentials of Methane in the energy cycle. This is one of the reason why I will openly share the compiled documents and answer any questions that may arise to the best of my ability.

I hope that you find these pages informative and helpful. If not, please comment on how we can improve these pages so that the “general public” will get a better understanding of how agriculture is for the future of energy within the US.