Clarkson Gets $500K For Agriculture Research

Clarkson Gets $500K For Agriculture Research

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Clarkson University is getting $500,000 in federal funding for agriculture research.

U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand made the announcement Wednesday.

Clarkson University will use the funding to advance anaerobic digestion techniques for small-to-medium-scale dairy farmers.

The university will work in conjunction with Cornell Cooperative Extension farm dairy specialists on farms working to improve manure management.

“Unlike wind and solar, anaerobic digestion of farm residue is independent of weather conditions; and can be a baseline power source in a mix of renewables. In addition digester effluent contains valuable nutrients and solids can be used for animal bedding.   In the U.S., AD technology has been adopted by larger-scale livestock farms. Our researchers have developed an AD design and application, which demonstrates the economic viability of AD technology for smaller dairy farms. We hope that through our educational outreach efforts AD technology will be integrated at smaller-scale dairy farmers recovering energy and valuable resources from agricultural wastes improving farm viability and boosting our North Country economy,”  said project director Dr. Stefan Grimberg, professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

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