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INDUSTRY NEWS manuremanager.com NY farm honored for environmental stewardship efforts The Dueppengiesser Dairy Farm, located near Perry, NY, was the recipient of the 2017 Agricultural Environmental Management Award. The operation was recognized during a ceremony at Empire Farm Days in Seneca Falls, NY. Dueppengiesser Dairy Farm is a third-generation family farm that manages nearly 2,000 milking cows and youngstock and operates more than 2,000 acres of cropland, producing corn, alfalfa and wheat. The family has implemented several practices, such as reduced tillage, use of cover crops, and nutrient management, to protect soil and water quality. The family is also very active in the community, hosting several agricultural education programs on their farm. The farm has worked closely with the Wyoming County Soil and Water Conservation District, which provides technical assistance within the county. DAIRY FUELS INVESTMENT AMP Americas, a natural gas producer, fuel and infrastructure operator, recently received a $47 million equity commitment that will fuel the development of a number of company initiatives. The sizeable commitment comes from EIV Capital, a Houston-based private equity firm that focuses on the energy sector. The funding will help AMP Americas advance its initiatives in converting dairy waste into valuable, clean, carbon-negative transportation fuel. AMP Americas operates three business units – Renewable Dairy Fuels, which produces 100 percent renewable natural gas from an anaerobic digester at Fair Oaks Farms in Indiana; ampCNG, a nationwide network of 20 public access fill stations, and ampRenew, a company that provides risk management to help fleets and station owners reduce risk and save money. With these business holdings, AMP Americas aims to transform the sector by converting animal waste into 100 per cent renewable natural gas for heavy-duty vehicles and, through its growing network of fueling stations, make the renewable natural gas publicly accessible. “As an integrated clean energy company with production and distribution assets across the country, we wanted a partner with proven success in both the traditional and renewable energy sectors that could help us scale and execute our aggressive growth plans,” said Grant Zimmerman, CEO at AMP Americas. “EIV Capital has an excellent track record growing energy businesses and will help us as we invest in new biogas production, new fueling stations, and in growing our team.” BY THE NUMBERS Vermont’s Required Agricultural Practices Non-RAP Operation Operates less than RAP Small Farm Operation Operates more than Certified Small Farm Operation Operates more than Permitted Medium Farm Operation Meets animal numbers for medium operation 4 4+ 10+ Meets animal numbers for large operation Permitted Large Farm Operation 200+ dairy cows 150+ horses 3,000+ sheep 700+ dairy cows 500+ horses 10,000+ sheep acres for farming effort and/or has animal numbers below RAO threshold Makes less than annual gross income acres for farming effort Makes more than annual gross income has approved acres for farming effort $2,000+ 50 -199 dairy cows 75 -299 beef cows 40 -149 horses $2,000 business management plan 300+ beef cows 1000+ beef cows 6 MANURE MANAGER -September/October 2017
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NY farm honored for environmental stewardship efforts
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