While work in the fields has been slowed due to the wet fall and cold winter, it has not affected the work being done on a new digester project in Kewaunee County. Kinnard Farms in Casco is in the middle of the manure digester project near its new barn in partnership of Kewaunee Renewable Energy. By capturing the methane released in the farm’s manure digesters, it could potentially produce enough natural gas to provide energy for approximately 2,400 homes. Kinnard Farms owner Lee Kinnard says he is thrilled by the progress being made.
With similar projects also located at Dairy Dreams in Casco and Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy in Kewaunee, Kinnard says digesters like his could be something the industry trends towards, especially after the struggles many farmers had this fall spreading manure in a safe manner.
Picture from October courtesy of Kinnard Farms