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"Going Green" International Companies Court Deaf Smith County Farmers

Michael Farmer, Professor of Agriculture at Texas Tech University said many of the farmers he talked to were interested in turning their waste into good use, but may not be ready for this project Michael Farmer, Professor of Agriculture at Texas Tech University said many of the farmers he talked to were interested in turning their waste into good use, but may not be ready for this project

Hereford is considered by many, the beef capital of the world.  Now, international companies want Deaf Smith County farmers to help them achieve "environmentally-friendly" status.

The company EcoSecurities met with a group of farmers today in Hereford.  The company specializes in matching farmers with companies to cut down on greenhouse emissions. To do that, farmers would invest up to $300,000 in technology that would turn manure into methane gas. 

Normally that gas goes into the air and can damage the ozone layer.  Instead, the gas will be used to power the farm.Once that technology is in place, EcoSecurities will contact companies who can buy the "carbon credits" that are created. Those credits will allow a company to be considered "green" because they have helped the farmers cut down on emissions.
   "By capturing that gas, the payback that we offer helps pay for the technology, and a typical payment on that system can be anywhere from 5 to 10 years," said Andy Dvoracek from EcoSecurities.

Dvoracek said companies are always trying to find a way to appear more "green".  "Companies are very conscious of environmental action and they want to do things to improve their standing because customers at the end of the day value that," said Dvoracek.
   One of those at today's meeting was a professor of Agriculture at Texas Tech University, Michael Farmer.
   Farmer said many of the farmers he talked to were interested in turning their waste into good use, but may not be ready for this project.
   EcoSecurities has worked with customers all over the world, but are only beginning to work with farmers in the United States.

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