2013 Newsletter Archive Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center

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December, 2013

The December issue covers the webcast topic of nutrient recovery which is being presented in a 3-part series. (Part 1 archive). We also announced the dates and location of the second Waste to Worth conference will be held March 30-April 3, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. A must-read series was published by the American Society of Animal Science on mitigating greenhouse gas emissions through the use of management techniques and technologies. There is also a new manure textbook, precision phosphorus feeding information, and guide on preventing human disease outbreaks and public events with animals. Hot topics touch on court cases that rule whether or not manure is "pollution" and a USGS study on the connection between groundwater and surface water nitrate levels, among other topics. More...

November, 2013

The November issue introduces a three-part webcast series on recovering nutrients from manure. Part 1 is on November 15. LPELC teams want to remind everyone about manure sampling, carcass disposal, and a climate change online course. Additional topics are the trends in nitrate levels in the Mississippi River Basin and a new publication on vermicomposting from ATTRA. You can also find out more on tile drainage, a cash prize for coming up with an idea to reduce nutrient pollution, and the most recent, of many, court rulings in cases involving the Environmental Protection Agency. As always, the newsletter also keeps you up-to-date on state programs, events and "manure in the news". More...

October, 2013

The October issue features webcasts on a water quality risk assessment tool and nutrient recovery from digesters. The LPELC has been hard at work with an online course on animal ag and climate change. The featured video is on "Health Impacts of Air Emissions from Animal Feeding Operations". The national resources section includes a plethora of climate change reports from several United Nations subsidiaries as well as AgSTAR conference proceedings and an EPA nutrient geospatial data tool. Hot topics include pigs and MRSA, several court cases against EPA being decided, biochar, steroids, and plastic made from manure. As always, there are state program highlights, events, and "manure in the news". More...

August/September, 2013

The September issue features the webcast on phosphorus bioavailability in dairy cattle. Check out the manure experts database and a playlist of animal mortality FAQ videos. We recap the North American manure Expo and link you to some great resources on nitrates, manure contaminants, climate change, and ecosystem services. It will also find out about dairy apps, a cow power movie, and manure bio security. As always there are great events and interesting links to manure in the news. More…

July, 2013

The July issue highlights a webcast on a monoslope barn air quality project. New LPELC web content on manure-to-energy, animal mortality curriculum, an online animal ag & climate change course, and a manure experts database. The national resources area includes a new tool to allow farmers to estimate how much carbon could be sequestered by various conservation activities as well as a publication on drug residue research in animal mortality compost, and much more. The hot topics area reports on a project that studied antibiotic-resistant bacteria in farm workers, asphalt, and conservation trade-offs. More...

June, 2013

The June issue looks at upcoming webcasts on monoslope barns and phosphorus bioavailability. Also check out a new online course on animal ag & climate change, the Waste to Worth proceedings hub, and grid sampling. The air quality section of the site recently was awarded a Blue Ribbon from ASABE.Check out the national resources area for information on national water grants, dairy sustainability, and USDA's climate vision. The hot topics this month are on fly larva as feed and foaming manure pits. As always there are highlights from state programs and events & announcements. More...

May, 2013

The May issue looks at upcoming webcasts on monoslope barns and carbon sequestration. We also introduce new materials on small-scale poultry, small-scale sheep & goat production, and nutrient transformation of digested manure. The winners of the Waste to Worth student poster contest were also announced. We also include a short post in memory of Dr. Dick Hegg, who passed away April 1, 2013. Many of the national resources discuss grid sampling and phosphorus management. Hot topics revolve largely around climate change. As always, check out the events, announcements, and "manure in the news" to stay current on what is going on in the world of manure management. More...

March, 2013

The March issue provides a link to the hub for live webcasting at Waste to Worth. It also introduces two new air quality resources on measuring air quality and odors. Several new videos on resources for policy makers, health impacts, biofilters and manure covers, odors/neighbors and setbacks have been published. A new feedlot air treatment cost calculator is also available. The resources section includes publications on manure in no-till systems, climate change, organic production, and more! Grazing animals and an agriculture app catalog headlines the "hot topics" area. As always, there are several great events and announcements. More...

February, 2013

The February issue introduces the Waste to Worth preview webcast. There are many great, new resources available including air quality videos, smartphone apps, Manure 101, and air quality curriculum. Some of the hot topics include pathogens and EPA's CAFO rule review. As always, there is much more from beginning farmers all the way to a very expensive pineapple. More...

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