January 7, 2019


AUSTIN - In a new study in the International Journal of Energy Research, scientists describe a method to turn agricultural waste into a renewable fuel source, benefiting the environment and the economy. State Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rural South Texas, authored a bill to give tax benefits to farmers that use livestock waste to generate renewable energy. Guillen said that government and industry can cooperate to promote new technology in agriculture and energy.


"Texans have always used hard work and ingenuity to make innovations. The government doesn't need to interfere with that," said Guillen. "What the state can do is make it easier for companies to pursue those innovations that benefit everybody."

The researchers found that their method can be used to provide large amounts of affordable energy while cutting down on waste and pollution. Rep. Guillen's bill, passed into law in 2009, provides financial incentives to encourage dairy farmers to use manure for the production of renewable fuel. This practice also creates jobs, reduces odors around dairy farms, and attracts new energy companies to Texas.


"This research shows the importance of creating policies that empower businesses to drive the Texas economy into the future," Guillen added. "I believe that farmers and energy companies are key innovators in Texas, so I always keep my eye out for ways to encourage these industries to thrive."


Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at,, and