Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2007 Espinola Regional Award Winners

Burt Farm - District of Manitoulin

Max Burt; Algoma - Manitoulin MPP Mike Brown

(Left to right: Max Burt; Algoma - Manitoulin MPP Mike Brown)

The operator of a mixed livestock farm with an on-site abattoir on Manitoulin Island introduced a small-scale biodiesel facility to his operation, with the potential to meet his energy requirements. It took some ingenuity to effectively process the fat by-products from the abattoir, but Max Burt has integrated his equipment and labour schedules and now recycles an undesirable product that does not compost well. A few more tweaks to the abattoir furnace and the tractor, and Burt should be able to use the biodiesel year-round.

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