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UW wins federal grant to study greenhouse gases

Published On: May 08 2013 07:29:20 AM CDT
Updated On: May 08 2013 07:29:36 AM CDT

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MADISON, Wis. -

The University of Wisconsin-Madison will lead new research on reducing greenhouse gases emitted from dairy farms.

UW-Madison will get part of a $10 million federal grant announced by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack during a stop in Madison Tuesday. The university will work with six other schools and five federal laboratories to improve dairy production and reduce greenhouse gases blamed for climate change. The research will include every aspect of a dairy farm, including methane gas from manure.

The Journal Sentinel reported the dairy industry has pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent in the next seven years.

Vilsack toured the USDA's Dairy Forage Research Center during his visit to the Madison campus.

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