Smithfield Foods’ Hog Production Division, Murphy-Brown, LLC, and Tyton BioEnergy Systems announced a research partnership. The two companies are establishing field trials with non-smoking tobacco using hog manure as fertiliser.
High absorption rates of hog-fertiliser by non-smoking tobacco would enhance environmental outcomes and assist Tyton in obtaining lower-cost fertiliser for its industrial crop. In addition, the companies are pursuing the development of ethanol products using tobacco as raw material rather than corn.
Smithfield and Tyton also will develop applications for Tyton’s tobacco-based biochar and activated carbon products, which can be used for a wide-range of filtration, land remediation, and soil amendment purposes. Other research activities with Tyton co-products will occur in parallel.
Gregg Schmidt, president of Smithfield’s Hog Production Division, said, “This innovative project is a great opportunity for us and we are excited to be collaborating with Tyton BioEnergy Systems. We are always seeking novel ways to manage hog manure that demonstrate continual improvement, and we are also excited about the opportunity to pursue the development of ethanol options that utilise tobacco as their primary raw material source.”
Tyton BioEnergy Systems president Peter Majeranowski remarked, “Through our partnership in Virginia and North Carolina, Tyton and Smithfield can develop new applications for non-smoking tobacco to deliver value to farmers, value to the agriculture industry, and protect the environment. We see it as a responsibility to secure America’s food, energy and environmental futures, and we are so pleased to be working with Smithfield who joins us in advancing towards these goals.”