January 2016 Newsletter Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center

Animal Manure Management January 11, 2016 Print Friendly and PDF

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Webcast Series

Looking Ahead to January: Construction and Maintenance of a Manure Pond

This is the first in a two-part series on manure pond liners. This segment will cover the purpose of liners, testing procedures (soil permeability), and installation/maintenance case studies. Presenters are Bill Reck and Steve Reinsch, USDA NRCS and Joe Harrison, Washington State University. More... January 22 at 1:30 p.m. (central); 2:30 (eastern); 12:30 (mountain);11:30 am (pacific).

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Life Cycle Assessment and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Animal Agriculture

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What's Going On In the LPELC?

Expert Database. Are you looking for someone who is an expert on a particular topic? Someone who is in your geographical area? Check out the manure experts database, which can be sorted by several criteria. There is also a spot where you can add your name to the list!  More...

Around the "Horns"

Grazing Management.

Related: W2W proceedings (with recorded presentation) "Livestock grazing in a changing climate: Implications for adaptive management"

bottles of veterinary pharmaceuticalsAntibiotics

  • Given the high interest level in the topic of antibiotic resistance and its connection to animal agriculture, we are reminding readers of an excellent archived webcast presented in October, 2012 on "Microbes: From Farm to Public Risk". It includes presentations on the transport of manure-borne pathogens, source tracking, and comparing risks of land-applied municipal and animal manure. More...

Nutrient Management.

  • USDA NRCS is hosting a webinar on "Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans (CNMPs) and the Planning Process". January 26, 2016 at 2:00 (eastern). Jeff Porter will be the presenter. More...
  • North Dakota State's Livestock Environmental Management (LEM) program has released their January newsletter. Topics include composting, nutrient management, highlights of some farm tours, and more...
  • At the recent Discovery Farms conference in Wisconsin, several farmers shared their manure management strategies, including their goals and challenges. More...
  • The number of several algae blooms on Lake Erie is expected to double. While this is generally considered a problem of nutrient runoff, this article takes a good look at legacy nutrients (sediments) and climate change and how those will interact with and potentially complicate the goals of reducing nutrient runoff into the lake. More... Another article about Lake Erie's algae blooms, takes aim right at livestock and manure, especially large farms. More... Click the link to access the "Follow the Manure" report mentioned in that article.

Related: Manure Nutrient Management

Phosphorus

  • SERA-17 (an information exchange group that focuses on phosphorus losses in agriculture) has added the presentations from their annual meeting to their website. Topics include modeling, edge-of-field monitoring, management impacts on phosphorus losses, and more...
  • The Sustainable Phosphorus Platform has started an international online discussion group. Visit the group to join or learn more...

anaerobic digester on a dairy farmMethane

  • The Council for Agriculture, Science and Technology (CAST) provides an update on recent research developments (and sprinkles in a little humor and opinion) on methane emissions and beef cows. More...
  • The American Biogas Council has developed a series of project profiles and posted them as a YouTube playlist. There are 18 videos from projects all across the country. More...
  • The USDA, EPA and Department of Energy jointly released a Biogas Opportunities Roadmap in August, 2014 that was part of the White House's Climate Action Plan. The agencies have jointly released a report on the progress toward the goals in that roadmap. More...

Related: Introduction to Biogas and Anaerobic Digestion

Legal Issues and Regulations.

  • If you have followed the "Cow Palace" and subsequent events in Washington state related to manure lagoons, this article is a comprehensive explanation of the events and how they are impacting farmers and includes perspectives of many others involved in the issue. More... 

anaerobic digester janniClimate and Greenhouse Gases.

  • When looking at the carbon footprint of anything, context matters. Some cite numbers that reflect an industry as a whole. Others may look at production units (per cow, per acre). Still more look at the emissions per unit of product (gallons of milk, pounds of meat). Now, another study examined foods and their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (along with energy use and blue water footprint) per calorie. This perspective cast a different light on foods that have been touted as "environmentally friendly" like vegetables and seafood. More... Jill's op-ed: The response on social media has been predictable and frustrating; pointing fingers and continued rhetoric that serves to do nothing except confuse and polarize consumers. This is somewhat expected as most research is just starting to get a good handle on measuring the environmental footprint of different food products and production systems. The next step needs to be a recognition that 1) all types of food production/transport/preparation/consumption has an environmental impact and 2) examining those impacts from multiple angles and perspectives will be necessary to design food systems that produce a wide variety of choices and interconnect to reduce impacts by turning potential waste into captured efficiencies. 
  • The Caribbean Climate Sub-Hub released a video on adaptation practices for tropical dairy farmers. In this video, Puerto Rican dairy farmers and university researchers discuss the challenges of weather extremes and how farmers can adapt and plan for them. More...

Case Studies

  • Several case studies from around the world have been collected into a "from the field" series about improved manure management in livestock operations. These include digesters, gathering and distributing manure on crops, composting and much more...

Funding Opportunity.

  • The Maryland Department of Agriculture is asking for proposals for technologies, equipment, infrastructure, or services that can improve the utilization of nutrient-rich farm-generated wastes. Proposals must be submitted by March 15, 2016 More...

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Events & Announcements

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

Fly Control Webinar.  "Unique Fly Control Methods for Organic Dairies", a webinar by eOrganic (March 24, 2016) More...

Biocycle West. The west coast conference on organics recycling will be held April 4-7, 2016 in San Diego, CA. More...

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.

"Year Round Grazing Lands Conservation Award" A Pennsylvania farm finds their sustainable practices are about more than environmental stewardship, it is also about their bottom line. More...

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