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Animal Manure Management May 11, 2015 Print Friendly and PDF

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Looking Ahead to April: Manure Application Over Tile Drainage

What is the management and fate of manure and nutrients in tile drained agricultural landscapes? Join us on April 17, 2015 at 2:30 pm (eastern) to find out! Speakers are: Jeff Strock, University of Minnesota; Larry Brown, Ohio State; Peter Kleinman, USDA ARS; James Hoorman, Ohio State; and Tim Harrigan, Michigan State. More...

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What's Going On In the LPELC?

Waste to Worth: Spreading science and solutions logoWaste to Worth.  You can still register for the conference, which begins March 31 and continues through April 3. The online proceedings will be published prior to the conference. Waste to Worth will be held in beautiful downtown Seattle within walking distance of the Space Needle, Waterfront, and public transit. Check out the tours, draft program and more...

Around the "Horns"

Regulations & "Legalities"

  • Last month, we covered the unfolding story in Iowa where the Des Moines water works has filed a notice of intent to sue, aimed at three drainage districts upstream of the city's water treatment plant. The city has experienced significant costs related to nitrate removal. The National Agricultural Law Center recently published a post from a Drake University ag law professor "Sixteen things to know about the proposed Des Moines water works lawsuit". More...
  • The U.S. EPA is looking for nominations to fill its Agricultural Science committee. "The SAB Agricultural Science Committee will provide advice to the chartered SAB on matters referred to the Board that EPA and the Board, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture, determine will have a significant direct impact on farming and agriculture-related industries" More...
  • Several dairies in Washington state that were recently part of a district court ruling that declared manure applied in excess of crop needs is "pollution" have agreed to install synthetic liners on their manure storage lagoons. More... This case could have significant implications nationwide as the expected appeals continue to work their way through the system.

Nutrient Management

  • Penn  State Extension offers some pointers for those making early spring manure applications. More...
  • "Scientists tackling Gulf of Mexico hypoxia" is a really nice look at the work that goes into monitoring water quality. This article specifically looks at a watershed in Arkansas and its connection to the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico. More...
  • The February, 2015 issue of "Poultry Practices" (Oklahoma State University) has a focus on phosphorus, including drainage filters, nutrient availability, GPS applications, and more...
  • Iowa Learning Farms program will feature a webinar on manure management on March 18 at 1 pm (central). It will include topics related to animal manure, including why animal manure and human waste are managed differently, the value in utilizing manure in a crop production system and tips and thoughts on how to get the most value from manure resources and protect water quality. If you miss the live broadcast, the presentation will be recorded and available for later viewing. More...

Grazing & Carbon

  • "Capturing and storing carbon in soil: Is it real and can it scale?" Research at Arizona State University is examining whether cattle grazing management that mimics patterns or large, wild grazing animals can capture and store significant amounts of carbon in soil.   More...

Animal Welfare.

  • Congress has introduced a bill to extend the Animal Welfare Act to animals used for research at federal facilities. Prior to this action, USDA had already ordered a review of animal care policies and appointed an ombudsman. This action is in response to a January expose in the New York Times that alleged serious mistreatment and cruelty to animals used in research projects at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Nebraska. More...

Antibiotic Resistance.

  • The Prevention of Antibiotic Resistance Act" of 2015 has been introduced in Congress as a follow up to a similar, voluntary effort in made in 2013. The 2013 bill addressed mostly sub-therapeutic use of antibiotics in livestock or poultry that could be important in human health. The 2015 legislation seeks to close perceived loopholes by stipulating time frames on therapeutic use. It also puts the onus on the drug manufacturer to demonstrate that the use of the product in agriculture does not present a risk to human health. All About Feed...  | Wall Street Journal.... | Food Safety News....

Anaerobic Digesters. The EPA AgSTAR project recently released its 2014 count of active anaerobic digester projects in the US. There are 274 active projects and you can find the information broken down by species, location, type of digester and much more. More...

Pathogens, Bacteria & Pharmaceuticals.

  • Preliminary results from a study on irrigating manure through irrigation shows low risk for airborne pathogen movement beyond 700 feet from the edge of the irrigated area. Researchers pointed out that the study only focused on a limited of organisms and was conducted on well-managed farms. Further work is planned to look at more microbes and to model the findings to predict concentrations of airborne microbes at different distances. More...
  • A University of North Carolina study sampled surface water and linked the bacteria found in those samples to pig manure. The researchers claim it as evidence that hog manure is contaminating surface water. Industry groups and state regulators are skeptical. More...
  • A new research study published by the American Chemical Society examined separated manure fractions and the prevalence of several different steroid hormones in each. More...

Farm Plastics. The Cornell Waste Management Institute (CWMI) recently announced a program focused on recycling agricultural plastics. More...

Pastured Poultry. A study in Arkansas examined pastured poultry production as part of a multi-species system. The study looked at alternative feedings systems, pasture enrichment, and parasite control. More...

Beef Stewardship. 

  • How much water does it take to produce a pound of beef? The North American Meat Institute answers that as part of their Meat Mythcrusher video series. More...
  • A South Dakota ranch is honored as with a national Environmental Stewardship 2014 designation. The family was honored for rotational grazing, wildlife habitat, and water management.  More...

Selecting Efficient Pigs. A study in France looked at pigs who eat less and still maintain good daily gains. In group housing situations, they were observed to expend less energy in physical activity - largely accounting for their higher feed efficiency. More...

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Events & Announcements

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 May 3-5, 2015. 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...

BioCycle West Coast. The conference will be held April 13-16 in Portland, OR and is focused on organic waste recycling. More...

Manure Expo. The next North American Manure Expo will be held in Chambersburg, PA on July 14-15, 2015. The theme this year... "Manure Than You Can Handle". 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.

Soil & Water Conservation Society. The SWCS is hosting its annual conference July 26-29, 2015 in Greensboro, NC. Oral presentation submissions close January 8 and poster submissions close March 2. More...

Mortality Symposium. The 5th International Symposium on Animal Mortality Management will be held September 28-October 1, 2015 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The call for papers and posters is now open. More...

Manure In the News

A look at animal agriculture and manure in the news; serious, funny or controversial. We don't endorse this stuff, we just think you should know about it.

"Garbage and manure combine to create powerful assets for Maine dairy farm". More...

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