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New Bill to Enable US Dairy Farms to Invest in Manure Recycling

20 June 2016

US - Legislation introduced last week in the US House of Representatives will help dairy farmers increase their investment in technologies, such as manure digesters, that improve the environment, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) said in support of the Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Act.

The Act extends an existing tax credit for investment in renewable energy to manure digesters, which would allow more dairy farms to produce biogas and fertiliser and reduce runoff and odours from farms.

The new bipartisan legislation was introduced on Thursday in the House by Reps. Ron Kind (D-WI) and Tom Reed (R-NY) and is also being sponsored by the bipartisan co-chairs of the Congressional Dairy Farmer Caucus.

“This measure recognises the value that biogas systems can have as dairy producers continue improving the sustainability of their farms, large and small, across the country,” said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of NMPF.

“Importantly, the creation of this new investment tax credit also addresses the value of nutrient recovery technologies, which can transform manure into fertiliser for crops and bedding for cows. This bill will help dairy farmers to utilise these new, often expensive technologies on their dairies.”

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