Environmental Stewardship Winners 2013 http://nationalhogfarmer.com/taxonomy/term/17161/more en 2013 Environmental Stewards: Blue Mountain Farms Anaerobic Digester http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environmental-stewardship-winners-2013/2013-environmental-stewards-blue-mountain-farms-anaerobic-dig <div class="node-body video-body"><p>Blue Mountain Farms, owned by Circle Four Farms, houses 21,000 feeder to finish animals and ships about 55,000 animals from farm to market each year. The farm uses anaerobic digesters to create methane gas, which is sold to the local power company. Flushed from the under-barn pits to the digesters, the manure creates enough power from the methane gas to power 3,000 homes.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environmental-stewardship-winners-2013/2013-environmental-stewards-blue-mountain-farms-anaerobic-dig" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environmental-stewardship-winners-2013/2013-environmental-stewards-blue-mountain-farms-anaerobic-dig#comments Environmental Stewardship Winners 2013 Fri, 31 Jan 2014 20:26:00 +0000 44901 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com 2013 Environmental Stewards: Krikke Pork Manure Fertilizer http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environmental-stewardship-winners-2013/2013-environmental-stewards-krikke-pork-manure-fertilizer <div class="node-body video-body"><p>Krikke Pork, Greenwich, Ohio, is a 2013 Envinronmental Steward Award winner. &quot;Being good stewards of the land is a requirement. Our goal is to leave the land in better shape than when we found it,&quot; says Howard Krikke.</p> <p>The farm raises 10,000 wean to finish hogs each year, and uses the manure to fertilize their crops. The tanks under the barn hold a years worth of manure.&nbsp;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environmental-stewardship-winners-2013/2013-environmental-stewards-krikke-pork-manure-fertilizer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environmental-stewardship-winners-2013/2013-environmental-stewards-krikke-pork-manure-fertilizer#comments Environmental Stewardship Winners 2013 Fri, 31 Jan 2014 20:10:00 +0000 44891 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com 2013 Environmental Stewards: Bacon Hill Anaerobic Digester http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environmental-stewardship-winners-2013/2013-environmental-stewards-bacon-hill-anaerobic-digester <div class="node-body video-body"><p>The Bacon Hill farm in Dodge, Neb., uses anaerobic digesters to get rid of odor and produce enough methane gas to power the entire farm. The farm uses about 20% of the energy created. The rest is sold to the local power company, and is enough energy to power about 53 homes each year.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environmental-stewardship-winners-2013/2013-environmental-stewards-bacon-hill-anaerobic-digester" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environmental-stewardship-winners-2013/2013-environmental-stewards-bacon-hill-anaerobic-digester#comments Environmental Stewardship Winners 2013 Fri, 31 Jan 2014 17:42:00 +0000 44881 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com 2013 Environmental Stewards: Russell Brothers Wind Power http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environmental-stewardship-winners-2013/2013-environmental-stewards-russell-brothers-wind-power <div class="node-body video-body"><p>The Russell Brothers, Monticello, Iowa, have been farming in the county since the Civil War and produce 14,000 wean to finish pigs each year. The farm built a wind turbine that provides 60-80% of the farms total electrical energy needs each year.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environmental-stewardship-winners-2013/2013-environmental-stewards-russell-brothers-wind-power" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environmental-stewardship-winners-2013/2013-environmental-stewards-russell-brothers-wind-power#comments Environmental Stewardship Winners 2013 Fri, 31 Jan 2014 17:17:00 +0000 44871 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Congratulations to the 2013 Pork Industry Environmental Stewards http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/congratulations-2013-pork-industry-environmental-stewards <div class="node-body blog-body">The September issue of National Hog Farmer is devoted to the topic of Environmental Management. One of the highlights of this issue of the magazine is a special editorial section highlighting the 2013 Environmental Stewards of the Pork Industry. The Pork Checkoff announced the 2013 Environmental Steward award winners early this week. Congratulations to these outstanding pork production operations: Russell Brothers LLC, Monticello, IA; Bacon Hill Farm, Dodge, NE; Krikke Pork, Greenwich, OH; and Blue Mountain Farms, Milford, UT.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/national-hog-farmer-blog">National Hog Farmer Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/congratulations-2013-pork-industry-environmental-stewards" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/congratulations-2013-pork-industry-environmental-stewards#comments Environment Environmental Stewardship Winners 2013 Manure Management National Hog Farmer Blog Fri, 20 Sep 2013 19:40:00 +0000 39422 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Pork Checkoff Announces 2013 Pork Industry Environmental Stewards http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environmental-stewardship-winners-2013/pork-checkoff-announces-2013-pork-industry-environmental-stew <div class="node-body article-body">Four farms have been chosen to receive the Pork Checkoff's 2013 Pork Industry Environmental Stewards award. The farms join other pork operations across the country in their commitment to protecting natural resources while minimizing the environmental footprint. Read in-depth articles about each award-winning operation in the Sept. 15, 2013 issue of National Hog Farmer.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environmental-stewardship-winners-2013/pork-checkoff-announces-2013-pork-industry-environmental-stew" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environmental-stewardship-winners-2013/pork-checkoff-announces-2013-pork-industry-environmental-stew#comments Environment Environmental Stewardship Winners 2013 Manure Management Fri, 20 Sep 2013 11:36:00 +0000 39362 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Utah Finishing Farm is Environmental Steward Winner http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environmental-stewardship-winners-2013/utah-finishing-farm-environmental-steward-winner <div class="field-byline"> By Dean Houghton </div> <div class="field-deck"> Mountain Magic: In the shadows of Blue Mountain, this Utah finisher demonstrates stewardship on a grand scale. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Back in 1875, the discovery of silver in the San Francisco Mountains of Utah’s Beaver County set off one of the largest mining booms in U.S. history. Today, what’s booming in southern Beaver County is the pork industry.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environmental-stewardship-winners-2013/utah-finishing-farm-environmental-steward-winner" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environmental-stewardship-winners-2013/utah-finishing-farm-environmental-steward-winner#comments Environment Environmental Stewardship Winners 2013 Manure Management Thu, 19 Sep 2013 20:58:00 +0000 39342 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com <p>As the sun sets in the western sky behind Blue Mountain, blue light bathes the finisher site in a unique Western scene.</p> Photo by Dean Houghton. Ohio Finishing Operation is a Perfect Fit http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environmental-stewardship-winners-2013/ohio-finishing-operation-perfect-fit <div class="field-byline"> By Dean Houghton </div> <div class="field-deck"> Adjacent to the woods, this high-tech Ohio hog farm pleases pigs, crops and neighbors. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">When Howard and Jane Krikke started planning for a potential finishing site back in 2005, they wanted it to feature state-of-the-art technology to maximize pig performance. They also wanted the new operation to get the most fertilizer value from the manure nutrients, and they wanted the barn location to fit naturally with their crop enterprise and have the least impact on neighbors.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environmental-stewardship-winners-2013/ohio-finishing-operation-perfect-fit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environmental-stewardship-winners-2013/ohio-finishing-operation-perfect-fit#comments Environment Environmental Stewardship Winners 2013 Manure Management Thu, 19 Sep 2013 20:49:00 +0000 39322 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com <p>Located at the edge of 30 acres of woods, Krikke Pork&#39;s two, 2,400-head finishers are protected from prevailing winds. Since ventilation fans are discharged into the surrounding woods, the natural vegetation acts as a filter.</p> Photo by Dean Houghton. Environmental Steward Award-Winning Iowa Farm Powered by Wind Energy http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environmental-stewardship-winners-2013/environmental-steward-award-winning-iowa-farm-powered-wind-en <div class="field-byline"> By Dean Houghton </div> <div class="field-deck"> Into the Wind: Iowa farm sets a course for the future, powered by alternative energy and guided by stewardship. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The Russell Brothers LLC hog operation, a 7,200-head, wean-to-finish farm, sits high on a ridge in eastern Iowa’s Linn County. The wind always seems to blow here, so this family operation decided to use this natural phenomenon to its advantage.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environmental-stewardship-winners-2013/environmental-steward-award-winning-iowa-farm-powered-wind-en" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environmental-stewardship-winners-2013/environmental-steward-award-winning-iowa-farm-powered-wind-en#comments Environment Environmental Stewardship Winners 2013 Manure Management Thu, 19 Sep 2013 20:43:00 +0000 39302 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com <p>Jason and Sarah Russell and their daughter, Harper, enjoy a stroll at the finisher site on their eastern Iowa hog farm.</p> Photo by Dean Houghton. Manure Digester Means Nebraska Farm is Powered by Pigs http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environmental-stewardship-winners-2013/manure-digester-means-nebraska-farm-powered-pigs <div class="field-byline"> By Dean Houghton </div> <div class="field-deck"> This Nebraska finisher makes electricity and produces fuel for farm vehicles. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">When Danny Kluthe fills the fuel tanks in the bed of his Chevy pickup, he drives off without paying a cent. The pigs at Danny and Josie Kluthe’s Bacon Hill Farms have already picked up the tab.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environmental-stewardship-winners-2013/manure-digester-means-nebraska-farm-powered-pigs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environmental-stewardship-winners-2013/manure-digester-means-nebraska-farm-powered-pigs#comments Environment Environmental Stewardship Winners 2013 Manure Management Thu, 19 Sep 2013 20:08:00 +0000 39282 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com <p>Manure from the pigs on Danny and Josie Kluthe&#39;s Bacon Hill Farms is processed in an on-farm anaerobic digester to produce electricity and compressed natural gas.</p> Photo by Dean Houghton.