AgSTAR: Biogas Recovery in the Agriculture Sector

AgSTAR: Biogas Recovery in the Agriculture Sector

AgSTAR promotes the use of biogas recovery systems to reduce methane emissions from livestock waste. In addition to producing biogas, anaerobic digestion systems can also help achieve other social, environmental, agricultural and economic benefits.

AgSTAR Tools and Project Data

  • View market data & trends related to biogas recovery and use in the U.S. agriculture sector
  • Visit AgSTAR’s Project Database to get the most up-to-date information on farm-based anaerobic digesters installed across the United States!


Project Spotlight: Codigestion – Added Organic Waste Benefits

Photo of Woodcheck Cider tank at Monument FarmsPhoto of Woodcheck Cider tank at Monument FarmsMonument Farms Dairy in Weybridge, Vermont, installed an anaerobic digester to create bedding and generate renewable energy. Besides the addition of whey rinse water from Cabot Creamery’s cheese products, Monument recently began adding liquid waste (leese) from Vermont Hard Cider, LLC (producers of Woodchuck Hard Cider Exit).

Monument Farms receives 3,800 gallons of liquid waste weekly from production activities for Woodchuck Hard Cider for co-digestion. The introduction of the Woodchuck Hard Cider waste produced two immediate benefits for the farm:

  • helped liquefy the manure so it moves through the system easier; and
  • increased the energy production by 20%!

The increased production is critical because Monument Farms has a small digester and wants to get as much energy out of the digestion as possible. Vermont Hard Cider also benefits, saving on waste transportation and disposal costs since Monument Farms is only three miles from the company.

See What’s On My Farm for more information.


Views from the Farm: Biogas Recovery System Photographs