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Insect Farming's Road to Profit

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Insect Farming’s Road to Profit
By Chris Bennett
Technology and Issues Editor
Farm Journal

Glen Courtright grows bugs. His larvae bins in Yellow Springs, Ohio, are full 365 days a year. The love shack, the nonstop mating room at his 20,000-sq.-ft. EnviroFlight facility, is filled with reproducing black soldier flies—yet Courtright faces a backlog of orders.

Courtright takes advantage of 35 million tons of food waste per year, often obtained for free. Sometimes he’s even paid to use the scraps. “We get waste from food processing plants, cookie meal, distiller’s grains and other sources,” says Courtright, EnviroFlight CEO and founder. The bugs eat the waste material, consuming 90% of it.

Courtright aims to develop insect technology further into other cities and even the global market. “The
input costs are very low, and this system could run anywhere in the world,” he says.

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Insect Farming’s Road to Profit

5 comments to Insect Farming’s Road to Profit

  • Anton

    Hi Glen,
    I am intrested in starting a black soldier fly colony and farming with BSF Larvae in Australia. I have currently set up a few bio pods on the out skirts of Perth to attact the flies and will check on the pods on a regular basis to see whether or not they are in the area. i have tried contacting a few few people in Australia and most seem to do it on a small scale and not commercial scale as i intend doing. I have also searched the web and got most of the information that i need but would like to get a little more information about setting up a process similiar to what you have in the US.Are you able to forward me details on how to get started? I am currently working on construction in Zambia and will aiming to be home permanently as from August this year and would like to have made a start before returning back to Australia. Mate, any help in this regard will be greatly appreciated, regards Anton

  • RezaSh

    new a days i am so interested in insect farming due to high potentials in this field . but i just do not know about the markets for the products . i do like to cooperate with anyone who gives me information . please guide .
    Tnx .
    E.Mail :

  • R LOCH

    HI I am interested in insect farming to start a organig chicken farm.
    feeding 2000 chickens

  • zahra

    Hi Glen,
    I am a graduat Msc student in animal nutrition and also intrested in starting a black soldier fly colony and farming in Iran. I am searching on information that i need but i would appreciate if you guide me about setting up a process and some details on how to get started. Id like to cooperate with anyone or any company about this topic because of newly attention to. regards zahra

  • Glen,
    I am excited about the possibility of using the black soldier fly and other insects to process and be able to feed my fish, chickens and other animals. If I can use this to create a job or two for veterans, that will be a lucky strike extra. I am 74 years old and am looking for something to do like this that is very interesting.

    What do I need to do to get started in this project? How much of a capitol investment would be needed. If it works as it appears to be able to do, I would like to do it on a larger scale to provide jobs for others.

    my E-mail :

    I look forward to hearing from you.

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