A subsidiary of Smithfield Foods will enter a $100 million joint venture to convert hog manure into energy at its farms in northern Missouri.
Under the arrangement, Murphy-Brown of Missouri will provide manure that Roeslein Alternative Energy will convert into biogas, a fuel similar to natural gas. In addition to producing biogas, the project is expected to have other environmental benefits, including the reduction of odors from pig manure.
Installation of pumps, pipelines and other equipment for the project will start next spring.
Murphy-Brown is the world’s largest pork producer and has farms in 12 other states. It has five farms in northern Missouri with some 112,000 sows. The company’s Missouri operation, based in Princeton, has 1,070 employees.