FARMERS HAVE BETTER CROPS WITH ALGAE)2018

CARR SAYS ALGAE PRODUCTION SYSTEMS CAN BE A FAIRLY LOW COST WAY FOR FARMERS TO REDUCE NITROGEN AND PHOSPHORUS KEEPING THE  NUTRIENTS  ON THE FARM.WHICH ELIMINATES THE  NEED TO PURCHASE MORE FERTILIZER.RESEARCH IS BEING CONDUCTED  IN UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY ON USING ALGAE TO REDUCE AND  REMOVE.EXCESS NITROGEN AND PHOSPHORUS FROM WASTEWATER PRODUCED BY  DIRTY APPLICATIONS.ALGAE PRODUCED ON THE FARM ALSO CAN BE PROCESSED INTO RECEIVING ALGAE BENEFITS SYSTEMS. CAN REMOVE NITROGEN AND PHOSPHOROUS  FROM WATER WASTE PREVENTING THE NUTRIENTS FROM CONTAMINATING DOWNSTREAM WATER SUPPLIES BY FEEDING THEM TO ALGAE,WHICH CAN THEN BE PROCESSED INTO FERTILIZER OR BIOPLASTIC FROM CLEAN WATER,THE ALGAE PRODUCED BY RAB, CAN BE USED AS FEED BACKS FOR HIGH HIGH VALUE PRODUCTS SUCH AS HIGH PROTEIN FOODS AND SUPPLEMENTS,LIVESTOCK AND AGRICULTURE FEEDSTUFFS,AND NUTRITIONAL AND PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS.ZHIYOU WEN,CO FOUNDER OF GROSS WEN TECHNOLOGIES GROSSWEN.COM,SAYS THE COMPANY,S WASTEWATER CLEANING TEXHNOLOGY IS BEING TESTED IN CRECO,IOWA,AND CHICAGO.A FOOD COMPANY HE DECLINED TO NAME ALSO IS RESEARCHING THE USE OF THE CLEANWATER DERIVED ALGAE AS HIGH PROTEIN SUPPLEMENT FOR FLOUR.IN ADDITION TO PRODUCING FOOD FEED AND FERTILIZER,ALGAE PRODUCTION ADDS BENEFITS BY RECYCLING CARBON FROM THE ATMOSPHERE,REMOVING CONTAMINANTS FROM WASTEWATER,AND BRINGING UNPRODUCTIVE ACRES INTO PRODUCTION,ACCORDING TO MATT CARR,EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE ALGAE BIOMASS LIVESTOCK ORGANIZATION(ALGAEBIOMASS.ORG.CARR SAYS ALGAE PRODUCTION SYSTEM CAN BE COST WAY FOR FARMERS TO REDUCE NITROGEN AND PHOSPHORUS RUNOFF,KEEPING NUTRIENTS ON THE FARM,WHICH ELIMINATES THE NEED TO PURCHASE MORE FERTILIZER.ALGAE PRODUCED ON THE FARM ALSO CAN BE PROCESSED INTO LIVESTOCK FEED,CARR NOTES,FARMERS WHO ARE RAISING SHRIMP OR CATFISH CAN USE ALGAE THAT ARE RICH IN PROTEIN AND OIL TO REPLACE FISH MEAL IN AGRICULTURE DIETS.AN ADVANTAGE OF ALGAE PRODUCTION ON THE FARM,HE OBSERVES,IS THAT PER ACRE ALGAE YIELDS ARE MUCH HIGHER THAN ROW CROPS AND THE RETURN ON A PER ACRE BASIS IS CONSIDERABLY HIGHER.ALGAE CAN EXPAND THE NATIONS AGRICULTURE BASE AND BRING MORE REVENUE IN FOR FARMERS ESPECIALLY IN MARGINAL AREAS,CARR SAYS,.FARMER,S CAN RAISE ALGAE ON LAND THAT IS SUITED FOR ROW CROPS,HE ADDS,BECAUSE ALGAE DON,T NEED GOOD SOIL.FOOD HAS BECOME A LEADING SEGMENT OF THE ALGAE PRODUCTION INDUSTRY,CARR SAYS IT IS DIFFICULT TO GET A HANDLE ON THE NUMBERS,BUT TODAY A VAST MAJORITY OF COMMERCIAL ALGAE PRODUCTION NOW GOING TO HUMAN AND ANIMAL NUTRITION.USING ALGAE FOR AQUACULTURE FEED IS A BIG DRIVER IN THAT CATEGORY,THE MOST CHALLENGING INGREDIENT IN FISH IS THE FISH OIL THAT BOOSTS OMEGA 3.S AS A SUSTAINABLE SOURCE THAT CAN SUPPLEMENT FISH OIL. THE DOES 26 BILLION TON REPORT SHOWS THAT THE UNITED STATES CAN PRODUCE LARGE QUAUNITIES OF ALGAL BIOMASS FOR PROCESSING INTO FOOD INGREDIENTS,FUEL,FEED,AND OTHER PRODUCTS.THE DOE’S REPORT SHOWS THE FOLLOWING.THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY 140,000 SQUARE MILES OF LAND IN THE US.THAT IS SUITABLE FOR OPEN POND ALGAE FARMS.THERE IS ENOUGH CARBON DIOXIDE(CO2) IN THE US. THAT COULD BE USED TO PRODUCE ALMOST1.4 BILLION TONS OF ALGAE A YEAR.AN ANALYSIS OF A SINGLE STRAIN OF SALTWATER ALGAE FINDS THAT IT POTENTIONALLY COULD PRODUCE 86 MILLION TONS OF ALGAE BIOMASS ANNUALLY AND CAPTURE 211 TONS OF CO2 FROM COAL,ETHANOL AND NATURAL GAS SOURCES.THE ALGAE BIOMASS ORGANIZATION ALSO  WORKING  WITH THE USDA TO PROMOTE ALGAE RESEARCH AND TO FIND USES FOR ALGAE AS AN AGRICULTURE CROP. WE WANT TO GIVE THE USDA.A CLEAR DIRECTION FOR  ITS SUPPORT OF ALGAE  RESEARCH FOR AGRICULTURE.BECAUSE LAGAE ARE FAST BECOMING A SIGNIFICANT COMPONENT IN FOOD AND HEALTH PRODUCTS. IT IS TIME  THAT THIS NEW CROP WAS AFFORDED THE SUPPORT BY THE USDA. THAT OTHER CROPS  HAVE BEEN PROVIDED FOR DECADES.’ TO HELP GUIDE THE USDA EFFORTS,THE ALGAE AGRICULTURE ACT COULD DRAMATICALLY ACCELERATE ALGAE FARMING IN THE UNITED STATES,BRINGING ECONOMIC BENEFITS TO RURAL AREAS  AND SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS TO  THE WORLD. THOSE  INCLUDE AN ALGAE RESEARCH INITIATIVE,AN ALGAE CROP INSURANCE PROGRAM,AND THE ELIMINATION OF THE EXCLUSION OF ALGAE FROM THE BIOMASS CROP ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.THERE ALSO ARE EFFORTS IN CONGRESS TO SUPPORT THE USE OF ALGAE FOR CARBON CAPTURE AND USE. COMPANIES WORKING ON COMMERCIALIZING ALGAE INCLUDE GLOBAL AGRICULTURE GIANTS SUCH AS ADM AND BUNGE.ONE LARGE PROJECT UNDERWAY IS THE $200 MILLION  ALGAE PRODUCTION PLANT BEING BUILT IN BLAIR NEBRASKA,BY A JOINT VENTURE BETWEEN D.S.M. NUTRITIONAL PRODUCTS AND EVONIK NUTRITION AND CARE THE PLANT,WHICH IS PROJECTED TO BEGIN OPERATIONS IN MID 2019, IS BEING BUILT TO PRODUCE OMEGA 3 FATTY ACIDS FROM  NATURAL MARINE ALGE FOR ANIMAL NUTRITION. THE VERAMARIS ALGAE PRODUCT SYSTEN FITS INTO THE FIRST OF THREE FAIRLY FAIRLY DISTINCT TYPES OF ALGAE PRODUCTION, WHICH CONSIST OF LARGER FACILITIES THAT RESEMBLE INDUSTRIAL PLANTS. AT THE OTHER END OF THE SPECTRUM ARE OPEN POND ALGAE PRODUCTION FACILITIES THAT MAKE UP THE SECOND TYPE OF ALGAE PRODUCTION.AN EXAMPLE IS QUALITIS HEALTH,WHICH HAS HEADQUARTERS IN HOUSTON,TEXAS.AND IS PRODUCING ALGAE IN OPEN AIR PONDS.THIS APPROACH REQUIRES LESS CAPITAL.HE NOTES,BUT IS A MORE CHALLENGING WAY TO GROW ALGAE BECAUSE THE OUTDOOR PONDS CAN ATTRACT COMPETING ORGANISM THAT CAN RESTRICT PRODUCTION,AND ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS CAN HARM THE ALGAE.THE THIRD TYPE,WHICH IS WHERE GROSS WEN TECHNOLOGIES FITS IN USES PHOTO BIOREACTOR SYSTEM IS ONE OF THE MOST TRANSLATABLE TO THE FARM,WEN AND COFOUNDER MARTIN GROSS,WHO WAS WENS GRADUATE STUDENT AT IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY,DEVELOPED THEIR ALGAE PRODUCTION SYSTEM AT IOWA STATES BIOCENTURY RESEARCH FARM,WHERE GROSS AND WEN COINVENTED THE REVOLVING BIOREACTOR THAT ALLOWS ALGAE TO ATTACH TO A  SURFACE.THE SURFACE IS ROTATED IN AND OUT OF A CULTURE MEDIUM TO INCREASE TO INCREASE THE ALGAE GROWTH RATE.FERTILIZER THAT IS PRODUCED FROM ALGAE GROWN IN WASTEWATER IS BEING TESTED AT IOWA STATE.

 

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