Turning a butter sculpture at a Pennsylvania farm show into renewable energy

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (WHTM) — The butter figurine from the 2023 Pennsylvania Agricultural Show has been officially dismantled, and transported to Juniata County where it will be used as a renewable energy source.

According to the American Dairy Association, the 1,000-pound butter sculpture was disassembled and then transported by farmer Brett Rainsford to his dairy farm in Mifflintown, Jonatta County.

On the farm, there are two methane digesters among 1350 acres of land. The butter, along with thousands of pounds of food waste from nearby retailers, is broken down into the digester to create an entirely new source of renewable energy.

One of two methane digests at Rainsfordarms. Courtesy of the American Dairy Association

“It’s the perfect example of a sustainable, cyclical process,” Rainsford said. “Our digesters provide an ideal solution for our farms and retailers to convert waste into energy.”

According to Rainsford, using the digester diverts about 35,000 tons of food waste from landfills and turns it into a resource while reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions.