May 2016 Newsletter Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center

Animal Manure Management May 20, 2016 Print Friendly and PDF

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Webcast Series

Don't forget today's webcast on the National Air Quality Site Assessment Tool (NAQSAT) and its use in NRCS conservation planning efforts and what the team has learned in using the tool with farmers. More...  May 20 at 1:30 p.m. (central)

Looking Ahead to June: Drones and Animal Agriculture

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV's) or drones, are becoming extremely popular in many areas of agriculture. While more often looked at for cropping systems, there are many potential uses for animal ag operations as well. Join us on June 17 to find about more these and get an update on the rules and regulations about drones. More... (a flyer will be posted at that link when it is available) June 17 at 1:30 p.m. (central); 2:30 (eastern); 12:30 (mountain);11:30 am (pacific).

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Speakers are: Wayne Woldt, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Andreas Wesemann, Utah State University.

Featured Video:

NRCS Technical Practice Standards for Manure Storage Ponds

More on Webcasts...

What's Going On In the LPELC?

New Webinar Room. Starting in August, the LPELC webcast series will be hosted in a new webinar room using the Zoom platform. The add-in will automatically download and install the first time you join a Zoom meeting, but you can also manually install add-ins at the download center

Climate & Water. Washington State University and the LPELC Western Region climate team are hosting "Climate Impacts to Water" on January 25-26, 2017 in Stevenson, Washington. More...

Odor Footprint Tool. Crystal Powers, University of Nebraska and the coordinator of the LPELC climate team talked to a local news station about the Odor Footprint Tool and how it can be used in assessing odor risks from animal agriculture. More...

Around the "Horns"

Dung Beetles. New evidence says that dung beetles evolved along with the dinosaurs, putting them almost 30 million years ahead of previous estimates. More...  

Fly Larvae. An international research project is looking at the feasibility of using fly larvae (maggots) raised on animal manure as animal feed. There are still many policy hurdles to this practice. Presentations from their recent conference are available at the project website. More...

Related: Archived webinar "Manure Entomology" (includes segments on dung beetles and black soldier fly larvae)

Irrigation Study. The University of Wisconsin held a public webinar on the results of a study that looked at irrigating fields with manure or process wastewater. That and other presentations about the study as well as fact sheets are available at the project website. More...  A news article in Progressive Dairyman summarized the most recent webinar. More...

Nutrient Management

  • The Iowa Policy Project recently released a report on "Saving Resources -Manure & Water" which looked at agricultural and policy implications for the Mississippi River Basin. Among their policy recommendations are a complete ban on liquid manure application to frozen, snow-covered, or saturated soils. More...
  • Dan Anderson of Iowa State University takes a look at "What does manure application cost?" in his Manure Scoop blog. More...
  • The May issue of the Livestock Environmental Management (LEM) newsletter from North Dakota State is now available. It includes articles on composting, safety, runoff pond management, and monitoring livestock water. More...
  • The Chesapeake Bay was given a "C" for overall health in 2015 - one of the highest scores received since the "report card" has been issued. Of special interest to our readers, the report noted that levels of both nitrogen and phosphorus entering the Bay were reduced. More...
  • The trial for the Des Moines water works lawsuit against 10 upstream drainage districts has been pushed back a year - to August, 2017. The lawsuit is over nitrates in the Raccoon River and the high costs incurred by the city for removal of those in providing drinking water. More...

Comment Period Extended. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has extended the comment period on the risks of raw manure application to fields where fresh produce is grown. Comments are now due July 5. More...

Precision Manure Application

  • Precision application isn't just for commercial fertilizer. There are farmers and applicators exploring it for manure as well. More...
  • A recently-funded grant project in Vermont will also explore precision manure application. More...

Small-Scale Digesters. USDA's Northeast is hosting a webinar "Emerging Manure to Energy Technologies - Are Cost Effective Small Scale Digesters Possible?" June 1, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. (eastern) More...

Confined Space Safety. Researchers at Pennsylvania State University have created a confined-space manure ventilation design tool for use when designing manure pits. The goal of the tool is to create safer work spaces by understanding the air flow in these facilities. More... The USDA NRCS is hosting a webinar on this tool May 24, 2016 at 2:00 (eastern). More...

Dry Digestion. Chinese researchers looked at dry digestion of solid manure at a laboratory scale. They examined methane yield at several different temperatures. Abstract....

Events & Announcements

Grazing Workshop. The Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture is hosting a workshop on grazing management and watering systems for livestock. June 4, 2016 in Poteau, OK. More...

Water Quality Workshop. The North Central Region Water Network is hosting a professional development workshop for extension professionals and technical service providers. The first is June 22-24, 2016 in Sioux Falls, SD and the second on June 28-29 in Bismarck, ND. More...

ASABE 2016. Registration is open 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...

Rangeland Congress. The International Rangeland Congress (IRC) will be in Saskatoon, Canada on July 17-22, 2016. More...

Manure Expo. The North American Manure Expo will be held in London, OH on August 3-4, 2016. More...

 

Manure Tweet of the Week

News Droppings

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

"From manure slurry to drinkable water". More...

"California dairy argues manure is not a solid waste" [opinion] More...

"Farmer-led environmental group tackles groundwater pollution" More...

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