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formerly Manure Management Program


New York State

Cornell Climate Change

Through its agriculture program, NYSERDA offers cost-sharing and low-interest financing programs to help farmers save energy and use more environmentally friendly manure-management methods. Visit the NYSERDA website ( ) for a comprehensive list of current funding opportunities.

Cornell Waste Management Institute (CWMI)
CWMI serves the public through research, outreach, training, and technical assistance programs in solid waste disposal, management and planning.

Cornell University: PRO-DAIRY Program
Cornell's PRO-DAIRY program is a joint-venture educational program by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

CAFO Regulations by NY Department of Environmental Conservation
State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) General Permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs)

NYS Electric and Gas (NYSEG)
NYSEG is a subsidiary of Energy East Corporation, a super-regional energy services and delivery company in the Northeast.

Cornell University: Feasibility of Fuel Cells for Energy Conversion on the Dairy Farm
This website contains research reports on the feasibility of running fuel cells on biogas produced by the anaerobic digestion of dairy waste. Topics include technical/economic feasibility, hydrogen sulfide removal from biogas, and choosing the optimum site for a digester.

Economic and Environmental Manure Solutions
A project of the NY Ag Innovation Center to provide financial analysis and business planning assistance to NY dairy farmers intending to implement manure management projects.

Multi-Farm Anaerobic Digesters in Wyoming County, New York
This website, hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County, has a collection of feasibility studies on the options for two or more dairy farms to share a common anaerobic digester.

Methane Generation

Biogas and Anaerobic Digestion. New! website from Penn State, April 2006.
Covers the basics of anaerobic digestion, terminology, case studies, safety, consultants, equipment dealers and funding.

UUS Environmental Protection Agency: The AgSTAR Program
The AgSTAR Program is a voluntary effort jointly sponsored by the US-EPA, the US Dept. of Agriculture, and the US-DOE. The program encourages the use of methane recovery (biogas) technologies at confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) that manage manure as liquids or slurries.

General Energy Sites

Biomass based Electric Power Generation News from Power Engineering Magazine - Established in 1896, Power Engineering magazine is the comprehensive voice of the power generation industry that provides readers with the critical information needed to remain efficient and competitive in today's market. This page is specifically related to Biomass Power News.

Northeast Combined Heat and Power Initiative and Application Center
The Northeast Combined Heat and Power Initiative (NECHPI) leads the region in encouraging the implementation of CHP technologies and drives CHP roadmap action items for the northeast region in support of DOE's and EPA's goal of doubling CHP use by 2010. The Northeast CHP Application Center (NAC) promotes the development and deployment of integrated systems that provide on-site electrical generation, and utilize the heat from the generation equipment to provide cooling and/or heating for the building.

Association of State Energy Research and Technology Transfer Institutions
ASERTTI's mission is to increase the effectiveness of energy research efforts in contribution to economic growth, environmental quality, and energy security.

National Renewable Energy Labs - About biomass energy
If you are wondering what renewable energy and energy efficiency are all about, you've come to the right place.

Renewable Energy Policy Project
A pioneering force publishing information about renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainability available on the Internet.

Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA)
NESEA is the nation's leading regional membership organization focused on promoting the understanding, development, and adoption of energy conservation and non-polluting, renewable energy technologies.

Northeast Regional Biomass Program


Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service (NRAES)
Publications on manure & waste management.

Allan Savory Center for Holistic Management
The Savory Center seeks to restore deteriorating landscapes and the lives of the people dependent on them using practical, low-cost solutions.

Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC)
AFSIC is one of several topic-oriented information centers at the National Agricultural Library (NAL). AFSIC specializes in locating and accessing information related to alternative cropping systems including sustainable, organic, low-input, biodynamic, and regenerative agriculture. AFSIC also focuses on alternative crops, new uses for traditional crops, and crops grown for industrial production.

Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
The Leopold Center is a research and education center with statewide programs to develop sustainable agricultural practices that are both profitable and conserve natural resources.

Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN)
SAN is dedicated to the exchange of scientific and practical information on sustainable agriculture systems using a variety of printed and electronic communications tools.

University of Nebraska, Lincoln: Manure Matters
This web site serves the Livestock Environmental Issues Committee in the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

University of Minnesota: Manure Management and Air Quality Education
This is a web site about manure management and the topics include: odor, composting, treatment, land application, storage, etc.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)
AAFC was founded as part of a Canadian initiative to develop agriculture and agri-food policy to lay a foundation for success in the agricultural sector. "Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada provides information, research and technology, and policies and programs to achieve security of the food system, health of the environment and innovation for growth." ManureNet is a national information resource and coordination center for the Manure/Nutrient Management Issue.

National Organizations

Department of Energy, Alternative & Renewable Energies
The Department sponsors research on a wide range of promising environmentally friendly energy sources.

Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
The NRCS objective in working with Animal Feeding Operations (AFOs) is to help AFO owners and operators to achieve their production and natural resource conservation goals through development and implementation of comprehensive nutrient management plans (CNMPs).

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
AgSTAR Program (see above)

National Center for Manure and Animal Waste Management
The Center consists of 16 universities and a Policy Advisory Committee. Working with producers, agribusiness and policy makers, the Center fuses interdisciplinary research, extension and education activities to produce a holistic understanding of animal waste and manure production and management.

Greenhouse Gases

Climate Change and Northeast Agriculture
This site provides a unique and comprehensive set of resource materials on climate change, potential impacts of climate change on agriculture, and cost-effective adaptation strategies for farmers. Opportunities for reducing greenhouse gas emissions on farms, and for entering the energy marketplace for renewable energy sources are covered.

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, is a cooperative effort by Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, a greenhouse gas that causes global warming.

Climate Friendly Farming
Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Washington State University



New York Center for Agricultural Medicine & Health

Workplace Health & Safety, School of Industrial & Labor Relations, Cornell University

National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH): Alerts

National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH): home page

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), U.S. Dept. of Labor

OSHA Standards for Agriculture