December 2015 Newsletter Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center

Animal Manure Management December 17, 2015 Print Friendly and PDF

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Looking Ahead to December: Communicating Science in Controversy

Tackling controversial issues as an ag professional can be a difficult situation. Knowing how and when to discuss the scientific merits of a topic while still being sensitive to different viewpoint requires not only technical knowledge of the topic but also principles of communicating in contentious situations. This webinar will discuss effective communication and present case studies and examples (good and bad) of messaging in controversial ag topics. More... December 18 at 1:30 p.m. (central); 2:30 (eastern); 12:30 (mountain);11:30 am (pacific).

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The rapidly evolving legal and regulatory framework for ag producers. A look at the water-energy-food nexus and how current policies may need significant changes (from November, 2015 conference hosted by Texas A&M)

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What's Going On In the LPELC?

Video Resources. We have compiled a list of video resources related to livestock and poultry production and environmental stewardship or conservation topics. Most of these videos are freely available for use in educational or non-commercial programs. You can also add other resources you have made or found to the list!  More...

Phosphorus CEUs. Certified Crop Advisors (CCA), Professional Soil Scientists (CPSS), or Professional Agronomists (CPAg) can receive three continuing education units (CEUs) in nutrient management by reviewing the phosphorus-related sessions from Waste to Worth 2015 and taking the quiz on the page. The presentations cover legacy phosphorus, phosphorus retention structures, and regional assessment of phosphorus risk tools. More...

Around the "Horns"

Ag Law. The University of Maryland Risk Management Education blog recently reviewed the top 10 ag law developments in 2015. While a few are focused on Maryland, most are laws that do (or could) apply nationally including WOTUS, manure as solid waste, drones, and more... | Related: Archived webcast on Regulations related to livestock and poultry production

bottles of veterinary pharmaceuticalsAntibiotics

  • The National Institute for Animal Agriculture convened a symposium on "Antibiotic Stewardship: From Metrics to Management" in November, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. The symposium covered many relevant topics including human health connections, resistance, and perspectives by species. The recordings have been posted for on-demand viewing. More...
  • The USDA Economic Research Service released a report on the economics of antibiotic use in U.S. livestock. More...
  • Iowa State University's Manure Scoop blog looked at the presence of antibiotic resistant bacteria in manure in an Iowa study. More... | Related: Archived webcast Microbes: From Farm to Public Risk
  • Researchers in China have identified resistance to colistin, an older antibiotic that is currently considered a "last line of defense" for some types of infections. The resistance genes were found in a different part of the cell that makes it more easily passed to other bacteria-making the spread of this resistance more alarming. It was identified in pigs and human patients and the development of this resistance seems to be directly linked to use in food animals. This particular drug is most widely used in China and Europe, but is available to U.S. producers. More... | Journal article (The Lancet)... | National Geographic article...

composted dairy manureDairy Bedding. A summary of three research studies looked at bedding type on dairy farms and examined the impacts on animal health and milk. The study looked at sand bedding, manure solids, and other types. Sand bedding resulted in the most milk and fewest health problems. More... | Related: The Cornell Waste Management Institute did a study on using manure solids for bedding | Archived webcast on compost bedded pack dairy barns.

Soil Health

  • The Noble Foundation in Oklahoma and the Farm Foundation, NFP have launched a Soil Health Institute. For those of us involved in animal agriculture, grazing management and manure application practices have large impacts on soil and are a big part of this topic being called "soil health". More... | The USDA NRCS is creating a new Division of Soil Health and will be hosting a webinar on the approach of benefits on January 12, 2016. More...
  • December 5, 2015 marked the end of the international "Year of Soils". While the formal designation has ended, soil health and soil management continue to be a topic in the forefront of many stewardship and conservation topics. More...

Climate & Carbon. We often talk about technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, anaerobic digestion, diet modification, efficiency and so on. The more that I learn about carbon and agriculture, the more I see how important it will be to put carbon back into our soils as well. While most tend to think of cropping systems and tillage practices in that regard, animal agriculture does have a role to play in "carbon farming".

  • cracked soil surface - droughtThe National Sustainable Ag Coalition released a paper on "Carbon sequestration potential on agricultural lands: A review of current science and available practices". The paper only includes the word "manure" once but does discuss grazing management and compost. More.... | Download paper...
  • The climate talks in Paris have many, MANY different aspects, groups, sub-groups (formal and informal) talking about every possible activity related to greenhouse gases and climate change. One, the Lima-Paris action agenda is presenting several initiatives related to agriculture. One of those especially relevant to animal agriculture is to reduce beef carbon footprint emissions by 15%. Another is to increase soil carbon levels by 4/1000 in agricultural soils, including grasslands and pastures. More...
  • As the climate talks in Paris wind down, USDA released a major report on "Climate Change, Global Food Security, and the U.S. Food System". The report does discuss livestock and poultry production as part of the examination of the challenges in food production, availability, and safety that could be brought about as a result of climate change. More...

Just Because.

  • I included this because I thought it was nice to see a farm manager put an article in the local popular press to answer common questions he gets about manure applied on snow, cover crops and cows in cold weather. More...
  • A New York beef farm was honored as environmental stewards based on their grazing management and conservation practices and the use of bedded pack barns. More...

Foaming Manure. Research by the University of Illinois, Iowa State University, and University of Minnesota looked into the microbial populations in manure from pits (pig barns) that exhibits foaming characteristics versus manure that does not. They found that increases in pH, neutral detergent fiber, and salt increased the chances that manure would foam. More...

a small waterway running through a pastureNutrient Recycling Challenge.  The U.S. EPA has launched a nutrient recycling challenge to identify cost effective technologies that extract nutrients from cow or pig manure and concentrate them into a stable, marketable form. There are cash prizes and the opportunity to make your product known to potential buyers. The first deadline is January 15, 2016.  More...

Odor. Research from the University of Idaho looked at zeolite filters for odor and ammonia control on a dairy farm showed promising initial results. More... | Related: Air quality and animal agriculture

Funding Opportunity. USDA NIFA has released a call for proposals for the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. Applications are due January 21, 2016. More... | Related: LPELC beginning farmer information (funded by this same program 2009-2012 and focused largely on creating materials for high school ag teachers)

Nutrient Management. This article in the Bay Journal takes issue with the accounting being done for phosphorus in nutrient management plans. Critics contend that some of the credits for certain practices are likely to lead to increased phosphorus runoff instead of lowering it. More...

 Manure tweet of the week:

Not exactly how I would have worded it, but I cannot disagree!

 

Events & Announcements

Discovery Farms Conference. The University of Wisconsin Discovery Farms program is hosting their annual conference on December 15, 2015 at Wisconsin Dells, WI. Water quality and farm nutrient management are the main focus. More...

Grazing Lands. The 6th National Conference on Grazing Lands will be held December 13-16 in Grapevine, Texas. Registration is now open. More...

GGAA16. The 6th Greenhouse Gases & Animal Agriculture conference will be held in Melbourne, Australia on February 14-18, 2016. More...

Biocycle West. The west coast conference on organics recycling will be held April 4-7, 2016 in San Diego, CA. More...Call for papers closes December 31, 2015...

ASABE 2016. Abstracts are being accepted for the 2016 Annual International Meeting for the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) to be held in July in Orlando, FL. More...

News Droppings

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

"Pigs resistant to incurable disease are developed at the University of Missouri" More...

"Two numbers: animal manure a growing headache in America". More...

"How to satisfy the world's surging appetite for meat" [Wall Street Journal] More...

"Hawaii jumps amid manure-using states" The Aloha state increased the acres fertilized with manure by 34%. More...

"How an airline pilot realized his true calling was in worm castings" More...

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