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Its no joke. Animal manure, one of michael kors handbag factory Texas most abundant natural resources, can be converted into electricity and other power sources. As such, it may have a supporting role to play in reducing the nations dependence on fossil fuels.

The old idea has regained momentum in recent years amid rising energy costs and moves by federal regulators to place limits on emissions of greenhouse gas emissions, like methane found in livestock dung.

That helps explain why, this week, more than 100 scientists, environmental regulators and farmers packed into a hotel meeting room in Round Rock, with straight faces and surprisingly few snickers, to talk for two full days about the best strategies for managing manure.

In case anyone on the outside wondered, this is not like an everyday kind of deal, explained , who works at feedlot in Tulia and attended the conference.

In fact, its been 10 years since and hosted the last such gathering.

But while there is renewed interest in the topic today, it may still be a while before America is running on cow power. Equipment to convert manure into energy is still expensive and evolving, and environmentalists worry about air pollution from the process. Manure also is cos michael kors handbag factory tly to transport, which could limit its adoption as a fuel source to regions where livestock is raised.

That means areas such as the Panhandle, which one conference presenter called the Saudi Arabia of cow manure because of the heavy concentration of cattle feedlots and dairy farms, could have much to gain. But Houston? Not so much.

It wont make a measurable difference nationwide, but it could on a subregional scale, said conference attendee , AgriLife Research director and professor in Amarillo. were used, it would meet no more than 3 percent of the nations energy needs, said Saqib Mukhtar, agricultural engineering specialist with Texas AgriLife Extension Service in College Station and conference chairman.

But the threat of tougher environmental regulations in coming years may provide enough reason for farmers to consider their options. carbon emissions over time, while the Environmental Protection Agency is moving on a separate track to regulate greenhouse gases.

If there is michael kors handbag factory some sort of requirement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, that creates an economic incentive to handle manure differently, said , an agricultural economist with in Columbia, Mo.

Manure can be burned for cooking or lighting or used to create gas, electricity and fuel for a boiler. Doing so could reduce consumption of fossil fuels such as natural gas and coal, as well as give farmers a way to dispose of manure and reduce odors.

The concept gained popularity during the energy crises of the 1970s, and has been put to use on a limited scale in Texas and elsewhere. But it lost steam in the 1990s, when oil and gas prices plummeted and stayed low.

Since then, the technology to convert manure into energy has vastly improved, conference presenters said.

, CEO of , said his companys gasification system could handle about 1,500 pounds of manure per hour and could be controlled remotely via the Internet. Sergio Capareda, an assistant professor at Texas A said he is working on a large gasification system that is able to switch seamlessly between agricultural waste products.

But , clean air program director for the , said even advanced equipment will still require pollution controls to handle greenhouse gases spewed in the process, which could be quite expensive.

At the conference, several livestock industry attendees expressed interest in emerging manuretoenergy technology, but acknowledged some folks may need more convincing. michael kors handbag factory

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