The college's anaerobic methane digester offsets the electrical costs of the dairy operation and reduces greenhouse gas emissions at the complex. Manure from the free-stall barn is collected using alley scrapers and deposited in the methane digester. The manure is broken down through a biological process which produces methane gas. The methane gas is then used to power a diesel engine and generator to produce electricity.
Students from the dairy, renewable energy technology, and renewable resources technology programs use this facility as part of their studies.
Students enrolled in the Dairy Management, B.Tech. and Animal Science: Dairy, A.A.S. programs at Morrisville State College benefit from the college's state-of-the-art dairy complex which houses more than 200 milking cows and has a free-stall dairy barn, electronically enhanced milking parlor and student-managed computer system, calf barns, and renewable energy facilities such as an anaerobic methane digester and 10kW wind turbine.
The 200-head heifer facility and calf greenhouses provide a tremendous learning environment for dairy students. Morrisville State College also owns more than 500 acres of cropland to support their dairy programs.