In an attempt to harness the potential of the growing biomass industry, AGCO launched its first marketing group specific to this area of agriculture. The biomass marketing group is led by its marketing manager, Glenn Farris, and his business equipment and development specialist, Ken Wagenbach.
Ken leads biomass harvesting equipment design improvements and helps partners set up, maintain and operate equipment for optimum productivity, efficiency and reliability.
Q&A with Ken:
What are some of the advantages of biomass energy production?
Biomass energy is renewable and environmentally sustainable; it reduces our dependence on fossil fuels and our carbon footprint at the same time. In biomass energy production, the agriculture sector has a way to reduce production cost while increasing yields and revenues.
What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned about biomass since joining the AGCO Biomass Solutions team?
Biomass hits at all the core competencies of AGCO products. Properly managing crops/land and soil/water, be it purpose grown or crop residue, and renewable energy political policies have equal impact on the economy of the producer.
What is some good advice for a farmer who is interested in incorporating biomass into his or her operation?
Regardless of one’s current opinion on government policies on renewable fuels, meeting the world demand for food and fiber in 2020 and beyond will require higher yields. With higher yields and the genetics needed to get there, crop residue in the future will require very heavy tillage, new equipment design and/or removal of it entirely. As farmers/producers, we WILL need the cellulosic outlet that biomass provides.
Have a question for Ken? Email him your question here: AGCO_Biomass_Solutions@AGCOCorp.com.
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Biomass solutions are making news in Scotland as the Balmenach Distillery in Speyside receives funding from the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB). The £5M in funding from the GIB is part of a larger project to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and cut fuel costs from distilleries in the Scottish Highlands. The Balmenach Distillery in Speyside will use the £1M of funds allocated to their improvements to replace the distillery’s current oil-fired boiler with a biomass boiler. Two other distilleries, Tomatin Distillery near Inverness and Aberfeldy Distillery in Perthshire, have already benefited from the £5M in funding announced last month from the GIB.
Whisky is one of Scotland’s best-known manufactured products. The Scotch Whisky Association is striving to reduce energy costs as part of its goals for going green.The Balmenach Distillery is the producer of Caorunn Gin, known as a super-premium small batch Scottish Gin infused with handpicked botanicals inspired by the Celtic tradition. As one of the oldest distilleries in Speyside, the Balmenach Distillery can trace back its roots to 1824. While closing its doors in 1993, the Inver Distillers Group — owned by ThaiBev, a leading Asian drinks business — bought the distillery in 1998 to reopen it for business.
The installation of the new biomass boiler at the Balmenach Distillery will reduce energy costs to a third of current energy costs as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 5,000 tons a year. The reduction in greenhouse gas emissions at the Balmenach distillery is the equivalent of taking over 2,200 cars off the road. The new biomass boiler will allow for cost-effective renewable energy and will produce steam necessary for the whisky production process.
The installment of biomass boiler systems at the Tomatin Distillery and Aberfeldy Distillery has already seen an 80% reduction in greenhouse emissions and fuel costs.
Rob Cormie, group operations director of the GIB, said, “…Projects like this provide a sustainable supply of renewable energy; save distilleries money and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. With limited capital investment, distilleries can save money from day one while also helping to meet the industry’s ambitious green targets.”
Read more about AGCO Biomass Solutions by visiting: http://bit.ly/AGCOBiomass.
On July 29 and 30, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) hosted its seventh annual conference — Biomass 2014: Growing the Future Bioeconomy. As in past years, Biomass 2014 brought together top government officials and members of Congress — with industry leaders and experts from across the bioenergy supply chain — to continue the ongoing dialogue about the critical challenges and key opportunities for the industry.
AGCO Biomass Solutions Marketing Manager Glenn Farris sat on a panel discussing “Advances in Bioenergy Feedstocks — From Field to Fuel.” This session focused on the critical importance of feedstocks, their impact of the bioenergy supply chain, and the challenges facing OEM’s such as AGCO in this growing market. Joining Mr. Farris on the esteemed panel was J. Richard Hess, Director of Energy Systems & Technology Division at Idaho National Lab, and Allen Julian, Chief Business Officer at MBI. The panel was moderated by Alison Goss Eng, Acting Program Manager of Feedstock Supply and Logistics at BETO.
To learn more about opportunities for new feedstock technologies, please email: AGCO_Biomass_Solutions@AGCOCorp.com.
Watch Glenn’s presentation here:
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Vision of the Future, Melbourne 2014, showcased Massey Ferguson’s range of machinery and technology solutions for grounds care applications right through to modern broad acre farming operations.
With 4,500m2 of exhibition space and over 80 display units, information kiosks and multimedia displays all under one roof, Vision of the Future was a great opportunity for agricultural operators across the APAC region to see the latest in Massey Ferguson products and Fuse technologies before the busy Harvest period.
Running over three days, the event unveiled new Massey Ferguson products as part of a wider global release.
Vision of the Future – Melbourne featured a glimpse of the new generation of Massey Ferguson products now available in Australia and New Zealand, including the New 74-82 HP MF4700 Global Series and Massey Ferguson’s most powerful tractor yet, the new 270-370 HP MF8700 Series.
260 Massey Ferguson dealers from across the region along with over 400 customers were also introduced to the global series concept, unique in the farm machinery industry and a major component of Massey Ferguson’s Vision of the Future.
Massey Ferguson’s parent company, AGCO has already started the Global Series investment in new facilities and systems that will create a highly flexible network of manufacturing plants, enabling major units and complete tractors to be produced and assembled at multiple locations throughout the world to meet the demands of local markets.
“This is an exciting time for Massey Ferguson and our customers as we embark on a new generation of products that offer features and quality that will make them very attractive to Australian and New Zealand farmers and operators,” says Simon Hole, Director of Marketing, AGCO Australia.
Product specialists, parts specialists, dealers and finance representatives were available with the latest information and product knowledge about the exciting Massey Ferguson range and the future of Global Series.
Also featured at the event was the exciting and ongoing development in technology products.
Taking the central stage across the three day event, Fuse technology Product Manager Jeremy Duniam outlined the huge benefits of technologies currently available on Massey Ferguson products and the enormous market potential these products have, as well as their positive impact on the profitability and efficiency of farming worldwide.
“Fuse is a new generational open approach to precision agriculture for Massey Ferguson products. Fuse connects the entire crop cycle from enterprise planning to planting, crop care, and harvesting and grain storage. For Massey Ferguson customers it means access to seamless advance technology and data management that can be integrated into their current operations and service providers with immediate benefits and improvements in efficiencies into the future. It is an exciting time for advanced technologies”, Jeremy said.
Dealers and customers also got the opportunity to be amongst the first people in the world to test drive the new MF4700 Global Series, with several MF4708 models available at an off site testing location.
The Vision of the Future event was a huge success and the Massey Ferguson team at AGCO Australia thanks all APAC attendees, many of whom travelling from around Asia Pacific, New Zealand and regional Australia, for their positive participation in the event.
What better way to celebrate the launch of our all-new MT775 E Series Challenger tracked tractors than its selection as one of the twelve finalists for the 2015 Tractor of the Year Award to be announced at the upcoming EIMA International show in Bologna, Italy next month? This new, never before seen tractor has a 438 horsepower engine, a massive 15% increase over the previous model and now boasts 34” belts which provide 13% more grip area.
The award itself is judged by a group of 23 European specialized agricultural machinery journalists who evaluate the both the field tractors as well as specialized as well as the design both categories. After field conditions are evaluated, the shortlist is determined. Winners are announced at the next major European show – in this case – The EIMA Show. To see all of this year’s finalists including two of Challenger’s sister brands, check out this video:
“We are so excited to demonstrate this 400+ hp tractor that applies all the power directly to the ground on our industry exclusive Mobil-Trac™ system delivering superior traction and low compaction. We can’t wait to meet the jury of the Tractor of the Year at the field evaluations,” commented Luca Cattani, Challenger Product Marketing Manager – Track and Articulated Tractors, EAME.
Three Awards will be given out on the first day of the EIMA show:
- Tractor of the year to the tractor reaching the highest score
- Best of the specialized tractors (orchard, vineyard)
- Golden tractor for the design
For more information on the Challenger MT775E Series, Click Here.