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December, 2012

The December issue highlights the January webcast on "Risk Management Tools & Advisory Systems" and announces new curriculum materials in nutrient management and Spanish language videos on liquid and dry manure sampling. Travel scholarships are available for the Waste to Worth conference. It is not too late to submit a poster for the conference. New resources on nutrient data for US watersheds and nitrogen management practices on corn are now available. The hot topics are all about microbes, including discovery of a new way antibiotic resistance develops and the surprising source of E. coli in a California watershed. More...

November, 2012

The November issue presents two webcasts, "The 4R's of Nutrient Management" and "Clearing the Air on Biofilters". The newsletter also announced travel scholarships for the Waste to Worth conference. New LPELC content included a video FAQ series on animal mortalities, and a research summary on swine greenhouse gas emissions, and a new NRCS-developed online course "Why Do We Care About Climate Change? The rest of the newsletter highlights national resources such as a new CAST paper on animal health and its relationship to food safety and the proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Animal By-Products. State program highlights, ammonia recycling, and some great events and announcements round out this issue. More...

October, 2012

The October issue highlights a great webcast on "Pathogens: From Farm to Public Risk". It also includes a reminder on the upcoming abstract submission deadline for Waste to Worth" along with several other excellent conferences. The National Resources section includes a set of research priorities for the future of animal science and advice for fall manure application (hint: cover crops!). Hot Topics on deck this month include: monensin and swine deep pit foaming, some USDA ARS research on copper in soils and using manure compost to reclaim mine lands. As always, check out the events, announcements, and "manure in the news" for the latest and greatest from around the world of animal agriculture stewardship. More...

September, 2012

The September issue includes a webcast on the "Waste to Worth" conference on September 21, 2012. (Note the extended abstract submission deadline). We also announce the winner of our "name that app" contest. The rest of the newsletter includes some great resources on anaerobic digestion and a lot of grant opportunities. More...

August, 2012

The August issue discusses the "Waste to Worth" conference and webcast, a "name that app" contest, and two new self-study learning lessons on greenhouse gases, and regulations. Participate in our "name that app" contest. Submit your name idea for a manure app that calibrates spreaders, records amount of manure applied to a field, and estimates economic value of the manure by emailing Jill jheemstra@unl.edu. Several great national resources are available and cover air and water, greenhouse gases, and curriculum materials on nutrients. In case you have not heard, EPA has withdrawn their 2011 proposed information-collecting rule and issues a final 2012 rule that addresses some court challenges to the 2008 proposed rule. A virtual dairy farm, farmer videos, and ARS range research round out our "hot topics". As always, there is a great list of events and announcements. More...

June/July, 2012

The June/July issue is double your reading enjoyment. Check out the July webcast on pork life cycle assessment modeling, the call for abstracts for the "Waste to Worth: Spreading Science and Solutions" conference, the "Best Guess" contest involves an antique manure spreader, the new ASABE odor standard, the proceedings of the 2012 National Water Conference. It also includes a long, but very interesting list of "hot topics" including antibiotics in ethanol, CERCLA legislation, nutrient trading, a new bacterium discovered in manure, and more! More...

May, 2012

The May issue is chock full of environmental goodness! Check out the May and June webcasts, give us your "Best Guess" and stand by for an exciting announcement from the LPELC. The busy air quality team continues to churn out great "stuff" on bioaerosols, regulations, and hydrogen sulfide. Take a virtual tour of an anaerobic digester and more. Check out some great resources on greenhouse gases, water quality standards, air emissions methodologies derived from the NAEMS study, new FDA antibiotic resistance guidance, and a slug of reports hammering agriculture for its environmental impact. Many great state programs are highlighted as well! More...

April, 2012

A new part of the April issue is an enhancement to the "National Resources" section. In that we added a rundown of several state programs. This issue also includes the popular "Best Guess" contest and links to some new air quality resources on animal diet and atmospheric ammonia. As usual, the webcast series is front and center with offerings on adaptive management, nitrate leaching, and greenhouse gases heading up the schedule. Some other resources to check out include the US EPA nutrient pollution website and a nice video by NRCS on how water moves through soil. UC Davis recently released a report that shows agriculture shoulders a large part of the blame for nitrate issues in groundwater, and the Dairy Innovation Center recognized several farms in their Dairy Sustainability Awards. More...

March, 2012

The March newsletter includes a four month look at the webcast schedule. It also features the return of the "Best Guess" contest and more new (and excellent) publications from the air quality team. Check out new reports on feed management, world livestock 2011, and phosphorus in groundwater. The newsletter also spotlights Wisconsin's "manure advisory" system, a study on roads & manure application equipment. Chesapeake action plan comments are being accepted and the Agronomy Journal includes a study on nutrient management plans. As always, we also feature "Manure in the News" and events and announcements. More....

February, 2012

The February newsletter includes several new air quality publications and a video about a young Colorado rancher and his commitment to stewardship. The newsletter also includes links to resources on beef carbon footprint, a manure value calculator, EPA permit writer's manure, and manure to energy spotlight stories. More...

January, 2012

The January issue includes many new publications and a video by the LPELC air quality team. There are also links to great resources and spotlight stories on milk urea nitrogen, poultry waste, the webcast series and more...

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