Ethanol corn derivatives receive the most publicity in the market of organic fuel sources. However, other forms of biomass are showing promise in terms of cost saving and, for farmers, profitability. Previously seen primarily as a management problem and financial liability, livestock manure, poultry manure in particular, is now used as an energy source by means of thermal chemical conversion systems, also known as gasifiers. This technology benefits the environment as well as the pocketbook.
Visit renewable fuel web sites and research the process of biomass gasification. Survey your energy needs to determine the size and amount of input, in kilowatt hours (kWh) that will be required for heat. Estimate the total annual manure poundage produced by your flock.
Apply for financial grants from the federal and state sources, as well as private environmental groups. The USDA provides energy conservation assistance primarily through 2 agencies: the Rural Development agency and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Ask your dealer for help with the applications.