Okeechobee County dairy farmer excited to turn manure into energy

It’s official: The digesters at the Larson Diary Farms in Okeechobee County are turning farm waste into energy. Cows on the farms are doing their part to help the environment.”This project will produce somewhere approximately of enough electricity for like 5,000 homes. I think that’s a great thing for our community,” John Larson said. And what we’re completing right now is the first of its kind in Florida. They’re using methane digesters, which turn organic waste into fuel. The Larson family has partnered with Brightmark Energy. Bob Powell is the founder and CEO. Waste to Energy: Okeechobee County farmer: ‘If anyone is going to save the world, it’s the cow’ of things,” Powell said. “This project is the equivalent in taking a million trees and planting them over a 10-year period.” The ribbon cutting took place in November. It was a long time coming. Pioneer Louis “Red” Larson, who died in 2020 at 96, was involved in the project from the start. This summer, WPBF got a tour of one of the four Larson Dairy Farms, where we met Red’s great-granddaughter Jenna Larson.” We want to reduce our carbon print as much as possible, which is why we’ve installed methane digesters,” Jenna Larson said. Cole Verano, a University of Florida student majoring in agriculture and sustainability, was also conducting the tour. A look at the world around us: WPBF 25 News Forecasting Our Future His father manages the Larson farm. He showed up one of the machines that was still under construction. “We have the gas methane, which is then going to be compressed and turned into a liquid so it can be pumped into the pipeline,” Verano said.The Larson family is excited about the project. “Carbon neutral by the year 2050 has been stated by the National Dairy Industry so that’s what we’re trying to achieve here,” John Larson said. “It’s a great exciting time and we’re going to kick this thing off.” Follow us on social: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

It’s official: The digesters at the Larson Diary Farms in Okeechobee County are turning farm waste into energy.

Cows on the farms are doing their part to help the environment.

“This project will produce approximately enough electricity for like 5,000 homes. I think that’s a great thing for our community,” John Larson said. And what we’re completing right now is the first of its kind in Florida.

They’re using methane digesters, which turn organic waste into fuel.

The Larson family has partnered with Brightmark Energy. Bob Powell is the founder and CEO.

Waste to Energy: Okeechobee County farmer: ‘If anyone is going to save the world, it’s the cow’

“We take cow manure and turn it into gas to heat homes, cars, stoves, those kinds of things,” Powell said. “This project is the equivalent of taking a million trees and planting them over a 10-year period.”

The ribbon cutting took place in November. It was a long time coming. Pioneer Louis “Red” Larson, who died in 2020 at 96, was involved in the project from the start.

This summer, WPBF got a tour of one of the four Larson Dairy Farms, where we met Red’s great-granddaughter Jenna Larson.

“We want to reduce our carbon print as much as possible, which is why we’ve installed methane digesters,” Jenna Larson said.

Cole Verano, a University of Florida student majoring in agriculture sustainability, was also conducting the tour.

A look at the world around us: WPBF 25 News Forecasting Our Future

His father manages the Larson farm. He showed up one of the machines that was still under construction.

“We have the gas methane, which is then going to be compressed and turned into a liquid so it can be pumped into the pipeline,” Verano said.

The Larson family is excited about the project.

“Carbon neutral by the year 2050 has been stated by the National Dairy Industry so that’s what we’re trying to achieve here,” John Larson said. “It’s a great exciting time and we’re going to kick this thing off.”

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