November 2014 Newsletter Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center

Animal Manure Management November 12, 2014 Print Friendly and PDF

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Looking Ahead to November: Planning for Winter Manure Spreading

manure spread on a field in winterManure application in winter brings increased risk of runoff reaching surface or groundwater resources. Practical and science-based options exist for managing and reducing the risk for livestock producers who have little or no manure storage, or for situations where a late fall or early freeze limit manure application options. More.... November 21, 2014

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Future Topics

December - youth programs for manure management education
January - mobile manure apps
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. The call for abstracts has been extended until November 17. Registration will open October 15.  This is a great opportunity to showcase your research, extension, and education projects on animal ag and stewardship!  The conference is also looking for vendors and sponsors. Waste to Worth will be held in beautiful downtown Seattle within walking distance of the Space Needle, Waterfront, and public transit.

Climate Website. The LPELC climate team has released a new website. The site currently promotes the team's online course and curates excellent climate related content. As original climate content is developed more fully on the LPELC site, it will also be a quick way to find that. More...

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National Resources

Inspections, Climate Change, Cow Of the Future, Antibiotics

Inspections. The US EPA has updated their fact sheet "Livestock and Poultry Operations Inspections" which answers commonly asked questions about what a producer can expect during an inspection. More...Related: Archived webcast on inspections featuring several producers that have been through the inspection process.

Climate Change.

  • The US EPA released a report on "Climate Change Indicators in the US". Of special interest to the animal ag audience that makes up our readership are the observations on temperature, droughts, and extreme rain events. More...
  • USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS) studied the effects of heat stress on dairy production including breakouts by size of dairy, cow breed, and adaptation strategies. More...
  • The USDA climate hub effort now has a home on the Internet. The website includes tools, resources, factsheets and More...
  • Related: The LPELC climate team is hosting a comprehensive online course on animal agriculture and climate change.

Cow Of the Future. The Considerations and Resources on Feed and Animal Management report--developed with the support of The David and Lucile Packard Foundation and 40 academic, industry and Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy contributors -- provides dairy farmers (and those who influence on-farm feed and herd management decisions) with one comprehensive reference containing considerations for practice improvements. More...

bottles of veterinary pharmaceuticalsAntibiotics. The Food and Drug Administration updated its report "Antimicrobials sold or distributed for use in food-producing animals" with data through 2012. They found the amount sold to farmers and ranchers increased by 16% from 2009 to 2012. More...

State Program Highlights

  • Maryland. The Maryland Department of Agriculture recently released an economic study of a proposed Phosphorus Management Tool (PMT), a system that is expected to have significant impacts on farmers that use manure for fertilizer. More...
  • Kansas. Kansas State University offers advice on selecting a site for feeding cattle. More...
  • Oklahoma. The Poultry Practices fall newsletter is now available from the Oklahoma State Extension poultry waste management program. This issue includes reducing ammonia losses, ventilation, and More...
  • North Dakota. Composting manure was one of the topics at a nutrient management field day hosted by North Dakota State Extension. They discussed pile characteristics, temperature, feedstocks and More...
  • Nebraska. UNL Forage Extension Specialist, Bruce Anderson, discusses what "intensive" grazing really means. More...
  • Ohio. OSU Extension is hosting a mortality composting workshop on November 19 that will cover siting, rules, management and More...

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

Hot Topics

WOTUS Rule, Poo Conference 1898, National Geographic, Antibiotics Documentary

a small waterway running through a pastureWOTUS Rule. The US EPA proposed Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule comment period will close November 14.Recently, the agency's science advisory board approved the rule, but offered several clarifications. This is a crucial internal step in the rulemaking process. More... | Submit a comment | Related: Archived webcast on the proposed regulation....

Poo Conference 1898. We have all heard about the horse manure crisis in New York City in the late 1800's. But, did you know the rest of the story? New York hosted an urban planning conference in 1898 with some major topics for debate being how to manage horse manure, flies, horse carcasses, and congestion. The Horse-Canada magazine detailed the environmental problems created by horses, the public outrage and responses, and how cars became the solution to this environmental problem. Part 1 and Part 2.

National Geographic. The National Geographic magazine published a story "A Carnivore's Dilemna: Is America's appetite for meat bad for the planet?". The article focused specifically on beef and feedlots and, despite the provocative title, actually goes to great lengths to explain the modern beef industry. Along the way, the author also points out how some of the negative views about meat and beef have come to pass. More...

Antibiotics Documentary. In case you missed it, PBS has aired a documentary on the rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria and connections to antibiotic use in animal agriculture. This article discusses the documentary and provides a link to stream it. More...

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Events & Announcements

Midwest Manure Summit. Will be held February 24-25 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. 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...

ASABE Climate Change. The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers will be hosting their first Climate Change Symposium - Mitigation and Adaptation.will be held in Chicago in May, 2015. Abstract submission is open until October 15, 2014. More...

Brazil Symposium. Rio deJaneiro, Brazil will be home to the IV International Symposium on Agricultural and Agroindustrial Waste Management - IV SIGERA May 5-7, 2015.  More...

Manure Expo. The next North American Manure Expo will be held in Chambersburg, PA on July 14-15, 2015. Watch the Facebook page for updates as it gets closer.

Dairy Environmental Conference. Cornell University is hosting a Dairy Environmental Systems and Climate Adaptation Conference July 29-31, 2015 in Ithaca, New York. The conference will include tours and educational sessions.

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.

"German village banks on wind, sun, and pig manure" and is the first village to leave Germany's national grid. More...

"New film shows what happens when an environmental group targets a family farm" is a fairly strong and one-sided take on the release of a short film documenting the lawsuit against a poultry farmer in Maryland that was eventually resolved in favor of the farmer. More...

"Blue whale bones land in the compost" details how two blue whale skeletons are being cleaned in manure compost for future display. More...

"The City Ranch" is one operation that thrives in the public eye. More...

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