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Smithfield Hog Farm Provides Natural Gas to Missouri City

Smithfield Foods says it has connected a natural gas transmission line from one of its hog farms in northern Missouri to the city of Milan’s natural gas pipeline. Renewable natural gas (RNG) produced at the hog farm will be directly injected into the natural gas transmission line flowing into Milan’s system.

Smithfield’s “manure-to-energy” projects in Missouri are part of Smithfield Renewables, and key to achieving the company’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 25% by 2025.

“As we work to expand our manure-to-energy projects nationwide, it is inspiring to witness the fruition of our renewable energy efforts in Missouri,” said Kraig Westerbeek, senior director of Smithfield Renewables and hog production environmental affairs, in a statement. “We are proud that these efforts allow the locations we call home to contribute to a sustainable energy future while curbing our carbon footprint.”

Smithfield installed infrastructure to capture methane emissions from its northern Missouri hog farms and convert them into pipeline-quality natural gas through its Monarch Bioenergy joint venture with Roeslein Alternative Energy.

Smithfield provides the residents of Milan with more than 1,100 jobs, said Milan mayor Andy Herington, in a statement. 

This project is part of Smithfield Renewables’ nationwide expansion, which the company announced last year. Over the next 10 years, Smithfield will implement manure-to-energy projects across 90% of its hog finishing spaces in North Carolina, Utah, Virginia, and nearly all of its hog finishing spaces in Missouri.

Read more about the company’s monarch butterfly project here: https://www.agriculture.com/news/livestock/butterflies-and-biogas-focus-of-smithfield-foods-hog-farms-in-missouri

Read about the history of Smithfield in northern Missouri here: https://www.agriculture.com/livestock/pork-powerhouses/how-smithfield-saved-the-worst-hog-farm-in-america

and here:  https://www.agriculture.com/livestock/pork-powerhouses/dennis-and-tad-s-excellent-adventure-how-premium-standard-farms

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