The Future Farmstead will take advantage of waste streams to avoid utilizing commodities already entering the food and feed markets. The UGA Dairy, the highest producer in the state, will provide a source of renewable energy through an anaerobic digestion system which will utilize the animal waste.
The Future Farmstead will also foster the rapid development of cost-effective anaerobic digestion system to be used in converting organic waste material into methane. The measurable outcomes will provide environmental enhancements; a reduction in greenhouse gasses and improved water quality as well as an alternative fuel source for powering, heating and cooling on-farm. Additionally, waste from the digesters can be utilized as a source of fertilizer.