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Joint Venture to Start Animal Waste-to-Energy Anaerobic Digestion Plant

A joint venture plans to develop a $100 million project to convert animal waste to energy through anaerobic digestion at a facility in northern Missouri.

Murphy-Brown of Missouri (MBM) LLC, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods Inc., Smithfield, Va., and Roeslein Alternative Energy LLC will develop the biogas project with the goal of optimizing alternative energy production for regional distribution, according to news release. Murphy-Brown is the livestock production subsidiary of Smithfield Foods.

The venture will generate biogas from MBM finishing farms in northern Missouri using anaerobic digestion technology developed and installed by Roeslein Alternative Energy.

Construction is scheduled to begin this spring.

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