Maine lab gets $10M to find ways to decrease, um, gas output from cows

An East Boothbay-based team is getting in on the research to see if algae-based feed supplements can really reduce cows’ burping and thereby lower their carbon hoofprints.

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences and Colby College received a $10 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Sustainable Agriculture Systems Program to expand research into the supplements as a way to increase environmental sustainability while improving milk production.

The research team, led by Nichole Price, will test algal feed additives and assess the product’s impact on animals, farms, communities and the planet, according to a news release. Read more

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