Donald and Cheri De Jong, third generation dairy farmers, and owners and operators of Natural Prairie Dairy, announced today (Oct. 10) that they have filed their 279-page permit application to begin organic dairy operations in Newton County.
The permit application contains detailed engineering plans, including the use of a revolutionary green technology called the Advanced VRD (Vapor Recompression Distillation) that will convert the cow manure into clean water and organic fertilizer.
“With the Advanced VRD, we can use the clean water extracted from the manure to irrigate the grasses of our farm, conserving existing well water,” commented Donald De Jong. “This revolutionary technology will improve animal agriculture for the better, forever.”
“For the past couple of months we have spent time listening to the advice of our neighbors,” commented Cheri De Jong. “In response, we voluntarily withdrew our approved permit, and invested in this green technology that converts raw waste into clean water. Less waste. Less odor. It’s a game changer.”
The Nature Conservancy, neighbors of the organic dairy, stated they have been impressed.
“I reviewed the permit and the De Jongs’ innovative approach to manure management. We will continue to work with the organic dairy around a variety of key environmental initiatives, including soil, water and herd management,” said Ted Anchor, Program Director for The Nature Conservancy. “They have been eager to listen and adopt our best practices. We, in turn, look forward to continuing to learn from them. It has been, and will continue to be, a very positive and productive relationship.”
“As multigenerational farmers from Holland, we always take care of the land and water first,” commented Will De Jong, the Newton County organic farm manager. “To have the Nature Conservancy as a helpful neighbor--with its vast expertise in protecting and enhancing the local environment--is an immense resource.”
The green technology that the De Jongs will deploy on the organic dairy was conceived and created by Sedron Technologies, previously named Janicki
Bioenergy. Sedron develops revolutionary technologies for a wide range of industries, including the waste treatment, water, and energy sectors. They received considerable attention for their work with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop the Omni Processor, which converts fecal sludge into drinking water and electricity in developing countries.
In response to increasing demands for safe and sustainable dairy waste processing technologies, Sedron developed an all-new, innovative machine in the Advanced VRD.
“We are very excited to bring this revolutionary green technology to our organic dairy,” said Will De Jong. “From the jobs we will create, to the great tasting organic milk we will produce, our family farm will help create an economic boom for this region. As always, if anyone has any questions, they can contact me at 219-401-0274 or visit http://www.OrganicFarm.Land for more information.”