June 2014 Newsletter Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center

Animal Manure Management July 18, 2014 Print Friendly and PDF

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Webcast Series

Looking Ahead to July: Managing Biosecurity to Control Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv)

interior of a swine confinement building photo courtesy of USDA NRCSThe PED virus has swept through the pork industry and can be transmitted from farm to farm by a relatively small amount of manure. Join us for a look at the research into this virus and what it is telling us about biosecurity. Presenters will also discuss precautions that manure applicators can take to prevent the spread of this disease. July 18, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. (eastern) More...

Future Topics

September - Feed Nutrient Management Planner Economics (FNMP$)
August, October, November - mortality composting "Beyond the Basics" series
If you have a suggestion for a topic or speaker, fill out the webcast suggestion form.
As always, you can check out the recordings of past webcast at our webcast archive and view the schedule at upcoming webcasts.

What's Going On In the LPELC?

Waste to Worth: Spreading science and solutions logoWaste to Worth. Planning for the 2015 Waste to Worth conference is well under way. Consider spreading the word about the conference, submitting an abstract or becoming a vendor or sponsor. The conference will be held in beautiful downtown Seattle within walking distance of the Space Needle, Waterfront, and public transit. The agenda and other information is available at the conference waste http://wastetoworth.org.

Survey.What are the important issues in animal ag and environmental stewardship? What can the LPELC do better to help professionals making decisions that impact environmental management on farms? Tell us in a short (5 minutes, I promise) survey. If you take the survey and send the link to a few of your colleagues with encouragement to answer the questions, email me (jheemstra at unl.edu) and I'll enter your name in a drawing to win one of several cool prizes - like a portable hard drive, LPELC polo, or a "juice pack" (on-the-go charger for your mobile devices). Go to the survey...

Climate Conference. The northeast region of the LPELC Climate team is hosting a Dairy Environmental Systems and Climate Adaptation conference in July, 2015 in the Finger Lakes region of New York. The call for papers is now out! | Related: Sign up for an animal ag and climate change newsletter for your region. More...

Featured Video:

Nitrogen Mineralization: Short and Long Term Considerations

National Resources

Chesapeake Economics

Chesapeake Economics. The USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) released a report on the potential costs of achieving water quality goals (in the form of the TMDL established in 2011) in the Chesapeake Bay. Not surprisingly, agriculture is a major focus of the report, which examines different paths including: emission limits, emission taxes, regulations on practices, and incentives. More... | Related: archived webcasts on the Chesapeake TMDL Implications

Hypoxia Taskforce. The Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force has recently reached an agreement with 12 universities. This agreement is expected to improve collaboration and communication between states along the watershed. More...

State Program Highlights

  • Nebraska. The University of Nebraska has released an app that allows ranchers to monitor the changes in their pastures over time using photography. Grass Snap....
  • Minnesota: David Schmidt of the University of Minnesota explains how shifting climate may affect manure management. More...
  • Texas: Texas A&M is looking at reflective hutch covers as a way to manage heat stress for dairy heifer calves. More...
  • Michigan: Michigan State reminds us to take a look at the National Air Quality Site Assessment Tool (NAQSAT) when looking at air quality questions on farms. More... Related: Archived webcasts on NAQSAT: Poultry and pork case studies | Beef and dairy case studies
  • Iowa: A reminder, that in this season of storms and flash floods, make sure your emergency plans are up to date for manure storage. More...

Have a state project or program you would like to see in this section? Email the details to jheemstra@unl.edu

Hot Topics

Manure to Water, Comments Extended, Tannins & Odor, Event Legalities, Fiber Digestion 

Manure to Water. Michigan State University is involved in a project that seeks to reclaim clean water from manure. The system combines anaerobic digestion, ultrafiltration, air stripping and reverse osmosis. Those involved hope the system can be ready for commercial production by the end of the year. More...

Comments Extended. The US Environmental Protection Agency has extended the public comment period on the "Waters of the U.S." proposed rule until October 20, 2014. The comment period on agricultural exemptions was extended until July 7. More... | Related: LPELC upcoming webcast on the rule

Tannins & Odor. The USDA Ag Research Service (ARS) is looking at using tannins from the quebracho tree as a way to reduce manure odors, especially from sulfate-reducing bacteria. Researchers also noted a large reduction in methane production from the treated manure. More.... | Related: Animal agriculture and air quality

Event Legalities. Hosting on-farm events are a great way to reach out to a non-farm public and show others how food is produced. These events can be fraught with legal questions and liability issues. Farm Commons offers an educational guide for hosting safe, legally secure on-farm events. More...

Fiber Digestion. A Danish study looked at the methane potential of swine manure fibers to determine if separation method affected yield. Spoiler alert: It did. More...

Manure tweet of the week:

a tweet showing a canola field growing well after swine manure application

Events & Announcements

Manure Expo. The 2014 Manure Expo will be held July 8 and 9 near Springfield, MO. For more information check out the expo website at http://manureexpo.com

Vermicomposting Conference. North Carolina State will be hosting a vermicomposting conference July 31-August 1 in Raleigh, NC. More...

The BioCycle East Coast Conference 2014 October 27-30, 2014 in Turf Valley Resort, Baltimore. The Call for papers Is open until July 15. Key topics: Creating processing capacity, Public policies, organics recycling tools to manage nutrients and restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay, strategies to make facilities good neighbors, contaminant control and removal, research studies related to organics. Submit abstract

Antibiotics. "Antibiotic Resistance in Agroecosystem: State of the Science" will be held August 5-8, 2014 in Oracle, Arizona. More...

Waste to Worth 2015. The second Waste to Worth conference will be held March 30-April 3 at the Westin hotel in Seattle, WA. More...

Dairy Environmental Conference. Cornell University is hosting a Dairy Environmental Systems and Climate Adaptation Conference in July, 2015 in the Finger Lakes region of New York. The conference will include tours and educational sessions. Call for papers...

Have your state/regional/national event added to this section of our newsletter. Send them to Jill at jheemstra@unl.edu

Manure In the News

A look at animal agriculture and manure in the news, serious, funny, or controversial. Inclusion here does not constitute LPELC endorsement. In other words, we don't create this stuff, we just think you should know about it.

"Cracking the millennial code", a conference hosted by the Animal Agriculture Alliance examined the trends in food that agriculture should be prepared for. Check out the recordings here...

Sow Housing. Cargill made waves when it announced that it would phase out gestation crates in its sow facilities before the end of 2015. Coverage from Star Tribune | DesMoines Register. Australian producers have also made the same switch. More...

"One of the best school farms you'll ever see" talks about an Australian school farm that provides kids with a great connection to food and science. More...

From the May/June 2014 issue of Mother Jones "Law and Order: How to Take Down a Terrible Smelling Hog Farm" More...

Check out this video on Bloomberg for a nice, concise explanation of using manure to make biogas. "Making Clean Energy from Dirty Pig Droppings" More...

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