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Canadian Biogas Association launches new resource for farmers

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A new resource launched by the Canadian Biogas Association (CBA) aims to help farmers interested in learning more about agricultural biogas.

FarmingBiogas.ca is a new website forming part of an educational campaign to help farmers explore biogas production as an opportunity for their farm.

“We get a lot of questions from farmers who want to know more about the feasibility of adding a biogas plant to their operation,” said Jennifer Green, executive director of the CBA.

“Our goal with this campaign is to make farm-specific information more accessible. We’re here to help connect farms with the resources and expertise they need to get started with biogas.”

Biogas plants are complex installations that require extensive research. The CBA’s new resource will help farmers to evaluate the opportunity in several ways, including a self-assessment tool and a ‘getting started’ checklist, a Q&A, and links to guides and handbooks that dive deeper into the subject. Technology vendors and advisors are also listed on the website, as well as profiles from some on-farm biogas plants across the country.

Currently, Canada has more than 600 operational anaerobic digesters in the agriculture and agri-food sector with more either planned or under construction. Livestock operations account for more than half of all biogas projects in Canada.

“Livestock farms are especially ideal for biogas systems,” said Green, who explained that adopting innovative technologies to manage manure results in numerous advantages.

“The majority of today’s agricultural biogas facilities generate electricity for sale to the grid, or for use on farm. Some facilities upgrade their biogas into RNG for injection into natural gas pipelines, which is poised to bring the next wave of opportunity for biogas producers.”