Pennsylvania Farm Show butter sculpture turned into renewable energy

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — The butter sculpture from the 2023 Pennsylvania Farm Show has been officially dismantled and taken to Juniata County, where it will be used as a renewable energy source.

According to the American Dairy Association, the 1,000-pound butter sculpture was dismantled and then taken by farmer Brett Reinford to his dairy farm in Mifflintown, Juniata County.

The farm has two methane stoves on the 1,350 acres of land. The butter will be broken down into the cooker along with thousands of pounds of food waste from nearby retailers to create a brand new source of renewable energy.

One of two methane digesters at Reinford Farms. Courtesy of the American Dairy Association

“It’s the perfect example of sustainable and cyclical operations,” said Reinford. “Our digesters offer an ideal solution for our farm and retailers to turn waste into energy.”

According to Reinford, using the digester will divert about 35,000 tons of food waste from landfill and turn it into a resource, while reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions. Pennsylvania Farm Show butter sculpture turned into renewable energy

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