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Between 180 and 240 cows are milked each day at the West Central Research and Outreach Center. Over the next several years, the WCROC will be experimenting with energy efficient and green energy systems in the milking parlor. (Kim Ukura/Sun Tribune)

Making green milk: WCROC works on a renewable-energy dairy

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MORRIS – Renewable energy projects have, historically, focused on the way that humans can reduce their fossil fuel consumption. But Minnesota is home to more livestock than people: 468,000 milk cows and 7.8 million pigs compared to just 5.3 million residents.

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Because livestock production facilities have concentrated energy loads and standardized facilities, they offer a prime opportunity for investing in renewable energy systems.

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Kim Ukura
Kim Ukura has served as the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune since August 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2008 with degrees in English and journalism. She earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2010. Prior to returning to Morris to work at the Sun Tribune, she worked in trade publishing. 
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