Renewable Fuels and Fibers
Plants and livestock provide us renewable resources that can be made into fuel for energy or fibers for clothing, household, and other goods we use every day.
As if owning and operating eight chicken barns wasn't enough, Campbellsville farmer John McLean is turning waste into wattage–literally. McLean owns two very different anaerobic digesters. Anaerobic digestion is a series if biological processes in which microorganisms break down biomass in the absence of oxygen. One of the end products is biogas, which is combusted to generate electricity and heat, or can be processed into renewable natural gas and transportation fuels.
BIODIESEL WORKS FOR KENTUCKY ANIMAL AGRICULTURE by creating demand for soybean oil. More demand for soybean oil results in more domestic crush of U.S. soybeans, which results in more soybean meal on the market and decreases the price that poultry and livestock producers pay for feed. Biodiesel demand also increases the value of tallow, which can also be used to make the fuel.