NEW YORK — Bion Environmental Technologies Inc. announced a letter of intent with Ribbonwire Ranch to build a sustainable beef cattle feeding operation in Dalhart, Texas, with construction beginning in 2023.

Ribbonwire Ranch operates on approximately 40,000 acres of land.

“We are excited to be partnered with Bion for this initial system,” said Chad Schoonover, co-founder of Ribbonwire Ranch. “This could change the industry. This new approach allows us to capture what has otherwise been lost, while still providing a humane environment that doesn’t pollute the air, water or land.”

The planned 15,000 head operation will include innovative barn systems, anaerobic digesters and Bion’s waste treatment technology. The project expansion consists of four phases.

Bion said the facility will help produce blockchain-verified sustainable beef, while reducing environmental impacts and stress on cattle.

“We are fortunate to be working with a forward-thinker like Ribbonwire Ranch,” said Bill O’Neill, Bion’s chief executive officer. “We realize that this announcement is just a first step in making sustainable beef a reality. However, it is an important step to giving the consumer the sustainable beef they want and helping cattle feeders and producers create more value for their cattle. And equally important is the fact we are keeping the waste stream from polluting the air, land and water and verifying those improvements in the process.”