Sustainable Farming – TechKnow

Sustainable Farming – TechKnow


>>AT FIRST GLANCE THIS MIGHT LOOK LIKE YOUR TYPICAL DAIRY FARM IN THE HEART OF AMERICA.>>WE PROBABLY HAVE 32,000 ACRES THAT WE OWN. WE MILK ON 11 SITES, WE HAVE 11 PARLORS AND WE’RE MILKING ABOUT 36,000 COWS.>>WHAT MAKES THIS FARM UNIQUE ISN’T WHAT YOU SEE, IT’S WHAT SMELL.>>THESE COWS ARE FULL OF IT AND IT’S NOT JUST MILK. SO YOU DON’T JUST HAVE ALL THESE COWS HERE FOR PRODUCING MILK. IT’S ACTUALLY A REALLY GREAT STORY. WE TAKE TWO PRODUCTS, MILK AND MANURE. THEY ARE BOTH SEPARATED FROM THE COW. THE MANURE IN THE BARNS, THE MILK IN THE MILKING PARLOR. THEY’RE ABLE TO DELIVER THAT MILK ALL OVER THE MIDWEST.>>>WHAT YOU SEE BEHIND ME IS FAIR OAKS FARM. EACH YEAR THEY PRODUCE OVER 2 MILLION GALLONS OF CLEAN RENEWABLE FUEL. TO PUT THAT INTO PERSPECTIVE, THAT’S ENOUGH TO FUEL 35-747S AND WHOLE FLEET OF THEIR MILK TRUCKS WHICH THEY DO EVERY DAY ON THE FARM.>>A HIGHLY EFFICIENT ANAEROBIC DIGESTER WHICH PRODUCER NATURAL GAS.>>WE PRODUCE INTO THE CENTRAL DIGESTER.>>HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH ALL THE MANURE THEY’RE PRODUCING CONSTANTLY EVERY DAY?>>WE USE A VACUUM TANKER, SO — VAC AND THAT’S WHERE THE TECHNOLOGY FOR CLEANING THE GAS COMES IN.>>MANURE IS POURED INTO THE DIGESTER AND HEATED. PIPED AS RENEWABLE NATURAL GAS. THE LEFTOVER IS USED AS FERTILIZER.>>WE’RE TAKING SOMETHING THAT POTENTIALLY COULD BE A CONTAMINANT TO THE ENVIRONMENT, TOTALLY TAKING THAT OUT OF THE PICTURE. WE ARE TAKING COW MANURE AND MAKING ROCKET SCIENCE. AND WE FEEL PRETTY GOOD ABOUT THAT.>>SO WHAT HAVE WE GOT HERE?>>WE GOT THE FUTURE. THE FUTURE’S LAYING RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU. THIS IS A LITTLE HEIFER CALF THAT WAS BORN IN THE LAST 45 MINUTES. AND THAT’S WHAT IT’S ABOUT.>>HOW MANY ARE BORN EVERY DAY?>>PROBABLY ABOUT 140 TO 150.>>THIS ISN’T JUST THE CYCLE OF LIFE. THIS IS THE START OF THE CYCLE YOU’VE GOT GOING ON HERE. THE CROPS FROM THE MANURE, WHICH MAKES THE MILK, WHICH MAKES THE METHANE AND INTO THE CROPS TO FEED THE LITTLE GUY LIKE THIS ONE.>>IT IS A PERFECT CIRCLE WITH VIRTUALLY NO WASTE.>>RIGHT HERE IS THE START OF THE WHOLE PROCESS.>>THIS IS THE START OF THE PROCESS. THE FEED, THE FARMS, THAT’S THE START OF THE PROCESS.>>MARK GAVE ME AN UP-CLOSE LOOK AT THE AMAZING TECHNOLOGY THAT MAKES IT ALL POSSIBLE.>>BASICALLY NOW WE ARE STANDING ON TOP OF THE DIGESTER.>>LIKE A COW GUT.>>THE SAME ENZYMES DO SO IN THE TANK EXCEPT THIS TIME WE CAPTURE IT INSTEAD OF HER BELCHING IT. ALL THE NUTRIENTS STAY IN THE LIQUID. THAT GETS RETURNED TO THE LAND LIKE WE’VE ALWAYS USED IT IN THE DAIRY INDUSTRY.>>I SEE A LOT OF FARMS HAVING THE ABILITY TO REPLICATE THIS MODEL AND TURN THEIR BYPRODUCTS INTO REAL ENERGY, AND HELP SAVE THE PLANET.>>DOES IT FEEL ANY DIFFERENT THAN ANY OTHER DIESEL ENGINE?>>NO. IT’S OBVIOUSLY CLEANER, I SEE NO DIFFERENCE AS FAR AS PULLING LOADS OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT.>>CAN YOU SHOW ME?>>SURE. ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪>>IN THE FACE OF CLIMATE CHANGE NEARLY EVERY MAJOR INDUSTRY IS GOING TO HAVE TO ADAPT AND EVOLVE. IT’S INSPIRING TO SEE SUSTAINABILITY ON SUCH A LARGE SCALE RIGHT HERE IN THE HEART LAND OF AMERICA.>>SUSTAINABILITY HAS ALWAYS BEEN A PART OF OUR FARMING OPERATIONS. WE JUST KEEP TAKING IT TO DIFFERENT LEVELS. BECAUSE TO SURVIVE IN THE 21st CENTURY YOU’RE GOING TO NEED SUSTAINABILITY, CREATIVITY, TECHNOLOGY, INNOVATION TO GET US THERE.>>YOU GUYS WANT SOME ICE CREAM?>>YES.>>AND THIS GRASS TO GLASS THINKING HAS MADE THIS ICE CREAM FAMOUS.>>WHAT FLAVORS DO YOU WANT?>>STRAWBERRY.>>HAVE YOU GUYS SEEN ANY COWS ON THE FARM?>>YES.>>WHAT WERE THEY DOING?>>POOPING.>>I’VE BEEN SEEING COWS POOP ON THIS FARM ALL DAY TODAY!>>THIS IS BETTER.>>THIS IS BETTER THAN ANY ICE CREAM YOU’VE EVER HAD?>>UH-HUH.>>IS THIS KIND OF ONE OF YOUR PROUDEST ACHIEVEMENTS IN FARMING? YOU’VE BEEN FARMING FOR YEARS AND YEARS. IS THIS SOMETHING THAT YOU REALLY JUST TAKE PRIDE IN?>>OH YEAH, HOW CAN YOU NOT? THE OPPORTUNITY ONE, JUST TO INTERACT WITH PEOPLE LIKE WE ARE TO CREATE THIS EDUTAINMENT CENTER IF YOU WILL, THIS IS JUST A NIRVANA FOR ANYTHING THAT’S INVOLVED IN FARMING AND AGRICULTURE, IT’S TERRIFIC.>>Only on Al Jazeera America>>A team of scientists are taking their inspiration from nature…>>Technology, it’s a vital part of who we are>>They had some dynamic fire behavior…>>…and what we do…>>Transcranial direct stimulation…>>Don’t try this at home…>>TechKnow’s team of experts show you how the miracles of science…>>This is my selfie, what can you tell me about my future?>>…Can effect and surprise us…>>Sharks like affection…>>Catch new episodes of TechKnow on Al Jazeera America check your local listings or visit aljazeera.com

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14 thoughts on “Sustainable Farming – TechKnow

  1. Advantage of mass capital investment. Also possible in developing nations if the farmers form a cooperative model to invest in such a large bio-digester.

  2. "that, potentially, could be a contaminate to the environment" he won't even mention the over-saturation of nitrates in soil that is "fertilized"… did you know that even inhaling a high oxygen content atmosphere can cause death? There is such a thing as too much of a good thing (be it fertilizer or oxygen or sugar)
    http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2015/07/27/des-moines-water-works-nitrate-removal-costs/30739443/
    http://www.cowspiracy.com/

  3. Good that you have solved the waste issue, but have you teached the cows to hold in their farts as well? Since cow farts seems to be the big issue with global warming and all…
    That calf holding place looked hella sad, would suck to sit there for your whole life and then get your throath slit open one day so that someone can drink your mothers milk. But people don't care ey, gotta get that kalcium, and bitch tits, right?

  4. Good stuff indeed, hopefully they can also use the gas for generators and heating, farms like this do have an awful lot of extra costs.
    But that 19 million probably means they will be balancing on the edge of foreclosure for the next 20 years or so, banks really don't mind giving you an impossible loan that ultimately means they get your farm.

  5. I've been there before! It was a pretty neat place. Nice to know they're trying to be more sustainable.

  6. It is NOT a sustainable farming! Why? Because it needs Too Much Water! What if no rain? What is a sustainable farming? No water to collect a manure! No energy to make a gas!

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