Dairy farm uses manure to power new fleet of trucks

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (AP) - One of the nation's largest dairy farm cooperatives plans to use manure from its thousands of cows to power a new fleet of milk-delivery trucks.

Fair Oaks Farms in northwestern Indiana plans to have 42 new delivery trucks running on renewable natural gas by early next year.

The fleet will be able to haul more than 300,000 gallons of milk to processing centers in Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee daily.

The fuel is created by anaerobic digester technology, which harnesses microorganisms to turn manure into biogas. The Fair Oaks Farms project will turn the biogas into nearly pure methane that can fuel the natural gas-powered trucks.

Fair Oaks Farms is a marketing cooperative of 10 farms housing about 35,000 cows owned by several families.

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