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Animal Manure Management June 18, 2015 Print Friendly and PDF

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Looking Ahead to June: Horse Manure Management

composted dairy manureHorses produce 50 lbs of manure every day. This can add up to a major management consideration for equine farms. This webcast looks at specific steps to start the process of composting manure on horse operations.  Presenters will discuss bedding and the impacts on composting, design of composting facilities, and will look at both large and small operations.  More... June 19 at 1:30 p.m. (central); 2:30 (eastern); 12:30 (mountain);11:30 am (pacific).

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From a panel on farmer perspectives on changing climate (Waste to Worth)

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Beef

Cover crops (grazing)

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What's Going On In the LPELC?

Waste to Worth: Spreading science and solutions logoWaste to Worth RFP.  The request for proposals to host the third Waste to Worth is out. Do not miss the opportunity to bring this excellent event to your region. Proposals are due Setptember 11, 2015. More...

Waste to Worth recordings.  The recordings from the Waste to Worth conference are being added to the topic-by-topic proceedings as quickly as possible (the page is a bit rough now, but it is getting better every week!)  If you haven't already, add your photos to the slide show

Dairy Climate Conference.  The LPELC climate team (northeast region) is hosting a Dairy Environmental Systems and Climate Adaptation conference July 29-31 in Ithaca, NY. Registration is now open. More...

Around the "Horns"

Avian Influenza. Some resources from Cornell University may be helpful in responding to catastrophic mortality events in the poultry industry.

In the news, Iowa's governor signed a declaration that will help Iowa poultry farmers utilize compost that includes mortalities from the avian influenza outbreak. More...

Regulations & Court Cases.

  • A Senate committee has advanced a bill to block the implementation of the "Waters of the U.S." rule (now being referred to by EPA as the "Clean Water Rule"). More... | Link to text of the bill
  • Several Yakima Valley (Washington) dairies have signed a consent decree that will require that they line manure storage lagoons, deliver water to neighbors affected by nitrates in wells, and reduce soil nitrate levels. Northwest Public Radio... | Yakima Herald... If you are into heavy reading, the full text of the settlement is here and an amicus brief from the National Cattlemen and US Egg Producers is here. The University of Maryland risk management program takes a look at the potential ramifications of this case for farms outside of Washington.

Nutrient Management

  • Some observations on manure nutrient management gathered at statewide workshops by Randy Pepin with University of Minnesota. More...
  • The Phosphorus Management Tool (PMT) has gone into effect in Maryland as the state works to reduce the risk of phosphorus entering waterways (and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay). This article outlines some questions and answers about the PMT. More...

bottles of veterinary pharmaceuticalsAntibiotics

  • The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing to collect data about animal antibiotic use by species. Some data is already collected by the agency, but is currently only reported by drug class. This proposal appears to be the first of many steps likely to occur as the concerns over antibiotic resistance and potential connections to animal agriculture continues. More...
  • A Q&A with a University of Minnesota veterinary scientist on antibiotic use in animal agriculture. More...
  • WalMart has released new policies relative to animal welfare and antibiotic use for its suppliers. Included is the support for the "Five Freedoms" of animal welfare and "responsible" use of antibiotics. In this case, they define "responsible" as following the Judicious Use Principles of Antimicrobial Use from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), eliminate growth-promoting uses of medically important antibiotics, and submit an annual report to WalMart. More...
  • The University of Wisconsin if working on an alternative to antibiotics for controlling or preventing disease in animal production. This approach is looking at interleukins (part of the immune system) More... USDA Agricultural Research Service scientists are also looking for alternatives, focusing on enzymes. More...
  • Foster Farms, a large poultry integrator, has announced that (similar to many of competitors have already done) it will eliminate the use of antibiotics that are also used in human medicine. More...

Grazing Management.

  • Managing grazing and other working lands for multiple uses is challenging, but can yield many benefits. A multi-year grant funded through the Leopold Center in Iowa looked at incorporating prairie grazing (native plants) into a farming system. More...
  • USDA NRCS is hosting a webinar on "How to Implement Rotational Grazing on Horse Operations" to be held in June 24, 2015 at 2 pm eastern. More...
  • A report from the National Young Farmers Coalition offers five case studies of producers in the Colorado River basin that are leading efforts to conserve water and responsibly manage natural resources. More...

Funding Opportunity. The Agricultural Risk Management Education (ARME) Partnerships program has released a request for proposals. The primary purpose of the RME program is to provide U.S. agricultural producers and their families, as appropriate, with the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to make informed risk management decisions that enhance profitability of their operations. More...

Climate Change.

  • USDA has released "Building Blocks for Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry". Among other things, the report calls for increased use of digesters, lagoon covers, composting, and solids separators. Many USDA cost share programs for farmers in the future are going to revolve around the items mentioned in this report. More...
  • The Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) - a project of the United National Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released a new website, the Manure Kiosk, focused on bringing together policies and practices to promote responsible manure management. The effort is especially focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in developing regions of the world.

Nuisance/Neighbor Relations.

  • Iowa State University has released the Air Management Practices Assessment Tool (AMPAT). The goal of the tool isn’t to push any one method of odor control, but rather to help understand what some of the options are, where they may be appropriate, and how effective they might be. More...
  • A good reminder that a poor decision or lapse in judgment can have significant impacts on people around our farms and land application areas. "Blow Flies in Manure Causing Major Problems...."

Pathogens.

  • Several cases of E. coli linked to a dairy festival in Washington were traced to the fact that the venue was not properly cleaned and sanitized before the event. This article provides some tips to prevent illness both for people who organize events and for people who attend them. More...
  • Inadvertent manure spills into streams are relatively frequent and poorly studied. Researchers detected genes of zoonotic and swine pathogens in stream water and sediment for up to 25 days, and up to 7.6 km downstream, after a swine manure spill. More...

Dung Beetles. Who can resist a good dung beetle story? Here, researchers are looking at ways to breed fast-acting dung beetles that can survive Midwestern winters. More...

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Events & Announcements

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". More...

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. Registration is now open! More...

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...

Nutrient Management Day. North Dakota State University is hosting a field day on nutrient management August 18, 2015 in Carrington, ND. More...

Water Quality Markets. A joint USDA/EPA National Workshop on Water Quality Markets will be held September 15-17, 2015 in Lincoln NE. 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...

Grazing Lands. The 6th National Conference on Grazing Lands will be held December 13-16 in Grapevine, Texas. The call for papers is currently 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.

This opinion piece is not about manure, but about beginning farmers. Though, I think the author is actually arguing for more small farmers and not just beginning farmers. "Let's Help Create More Farmers".

A five mile pipeline is planned to connect a community digester to a local college. "Vermont company plans to pipe digester gas to college".

An LA Times op-ed asserts "If we're going to eat cattle, let them eat grass" and a NY Times opinion piece has a similar sentiment "Our water-guzzling food factory". Both pieces use the California drought as an argument that we need to become more efficient in agricultural water use. A recent Beef Magazine article thinks that cattle, especially feedlot cattle, are getting a bad rap, "Cattle aren't the water guzzlers they're made out to be.

On a lighter note, a "Bus that runs on cow manure breaks bus land speed record", it is time again for the "Tour de Manure" bicycle ride, and joining a growing list of similar institutions, the "El Paso zoo turns animal waste into compost".

Over the past few months, I have included articles about digesters that were in the news for the wrong reasons (spills, financial troubles). It seems only fair that I include an article when a digester makes the news because it is operating well. More...

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