Smithfield renewables effort with Roeslein Alternative Energy marks first year

Smithfield Foods Inc. is observing the one-year anniversary of the national expansion of Smithfield Renewables, which includes projects that seek to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2025.

The company owns hog-finishing spaces in Missouri, which will feature the implementation of “manure-to-energy” projects across the entire operation for the next 10 years.

Smithfield and Roeslein Alternative Energy have embarked on a joint venture to launch the second phase of a project that converts manure collected from company-owned farms into renewable natural gas, producing enough to power 15,400 homes per year.

By Ray Scherer,

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