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Newsline Co-op developments, coast to coast Send co-op news items to: dan.campbell@wdc.USDA.gov Flint Energies supports methane gas project Houston County (Georgia) and Flint Energies have agreed to turn methane gas at the Houston County Landfill into electric power. The co-op says the project will produce benefits for county citizens, for Flint’s member-consumers and for the overall environment. Flint will buy gas from the county and power generation from PowerSecure International Inc., which will install, own and operate the power generation plant facilities. Flint members will gain access to 3.2 megawatts of “green power” and create a new revenue stream from the landfill. “Renewable ‘green energy’ is an important part of the future of power generation for Flint Energies members,” says co-op CEO Bob Ray. “We have been part of Green Power EMC’s efforts to build renewable energy generation, including the first landfill gas in Georgia at the Taylor The Robins Air Force Base Museum of Aviation in Georgia is working with the Flint County Landfill in Mauk.” Energies cooperative to “go green.” Photo courtesy Ken Krakow Photography In other environmental news, Flint Energies, based in Warner Robins, Ga., has announced that the Eagle Building Agri-Mark sends $2 million “Our Cabot and McCadam brands at the Robins Air Force Base Museum to struggling dairy farmers continue to be profitable, to the point of Aviation is going green. The Air The Agri-Mark dairy cooperative, that we feel comfortable making this Force base will now be buying enough Methuen, Mass., in mid-November second payout to members,” says Neal green energy from the co-op each made a second round of early cash Rea, a dairy farmer from Cambridge, month to power the Eagle Building at payments of $1 per hundredweight, or N.Y., and the co-op’s board chairman. the museum — one of the largest about 9 cents per gallon, to help dairy He noted that profits from farmer- aviation museums in the United States. farmers struggling during a period of owned brands, such as its Cabot and The green energy is generated at the depressed milk prices. The payment McCadam cheeses, go back to dairy Taylor County Landfill, where the was for September production. Co-op farmers. methane generation operation is owned officials say the milk marketing In May 2009, the co-op sent out a and operated by Green Power EMC, an cooperative is having another good check for 30 cents per hundredweight assembly of electric membership year, and the board and management on a month’s production to members to corporations from across the state, recognized the continued need for cash help them cope with the lowest milk including Flint Energies. among its member-farmers. prices in more than 30 years. Rea says 32 January/February 2010 / Rural Cooperatives Agri-Mark’s second cash payout of $1 North America increased 23 percent up 51 percent) and China (up 115 per hundredweight in November was
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