Summer 2016 Newsletter Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center

Animal Manure Management August 04, 2016 Print Friendly and PDF

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Webcast Series

Looking Ahead to August: Manure Transport and Safety

The webcast series is back from summer vacation with a presentation on manure transport and safety - a followup from a presentation made at the North American Manure Expo. Learn from a dragline manure applicator with more than 20 years' experience on the necessary steps to help ensure a safe and efficient manure application, from an attorney ideas and recommendations to reduce liability, and from the experience of farmers, manure applicators and town board officials simple steps to reduce road damage and increase safe manure transportation in tankers and trucks. More...  August 19 at 1:30 p.m. (central); 2:30 (eastern); 12:30 (mountain);11:30 am (pacific). Important! Check out the information on the new webinar system under "What's Going On In the LPELC?"

Presenters include: Kevin Erb, University of Wisconsin, Rick Martens, Martens Mannurigation, and Robert Moore, Wright and Moore Law Firm

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Featured Video:

Mitigation strategies for greenhouse gas emissions from animal agriculture.

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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. The webinar link will be posted on the Live Webcast Information page as well as the "Learn" site. Every webinar will have a different URL (unlike our previous virtual meeting room). The Zoom system also requires some information (name and email and a few other questions we used to ask in the post-webinar polling pods - contact information is only used to verify attendance for continuing education purposes) so plan to arrive a couple minutes early to fill out the form when you click on the webinar room link.

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...

Horizon Report. The "Horizon" report for Cooperative Extension is looking for submissions to highlight innovative Extension programs. If you are doing work online or with technology, take a a look and consider submitting your story (it only take a couple minutes). More...

Around the "Horns"

Policy and Regulation.

  • The Farm Regulatory Certainty Act has been introduced to the House of Representatives by Dan Newhouse (R-WA). The gist of this legislation is to clarify that Congress did not intend for agriculture to be regulated under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The application of RCRA to mismanaged manure was the subject of recent court cases in Washington.  More...  | National Milk Producer's Federation endorsed this legislation.
  • The Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Act has been introduced by a bipartisan group of legislators. The bill would provide an investment tax credit for qualifying biogas and nutrient recovery systems. The introduction is being applauded by the American Biogas Council and the National Milk Producer's Federation.

Sustainable Ag

  • "Sustainable" is one of those words that mean something different to everyone you ask. There are many efforts to put greater clarity or definition around "sustainability" and most look at the expectation and what it takes to get there. A new journal article published through the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program took a slightly different approach in that they identified several farms that are highly regarded in the sustainable ag community and identified principles common to all of them.  More...
  • The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has released a new standard (ANSI/ASABE S629) "Framework to Evaluate the Sustainability of Agricultural Production Systems". It includes provisions for defining and benchmarking key performance indicators, setting goals, implementing strategies for continuous improvement, and reporting improvements. More...
  • The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program is offering three free online courses on sustainable ag principles, planning and management, and agricultural ecosystem management. More...

Water Quality

  • A joint US Geological Survey and USDA Agricultural Research Service study looked at the impact of conservation practices on nutrient transport in the Upper Mississippi River Basin. They found that they could detect impacts of conservation on nitrogen loading more so than phosphorus. Journal article... | News release...
  • EPA has released the final phosphorus Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for the Vermont segments of Lake Champlain. The TMDL focuses on reductions from wastewater treatment plants, agricultural and forest land, developed land and roadways, and unstable stream corridors. More...
  • An evaluation of the progress toward Chesapeake Bay TMDLs for nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment showed mixed results, according the U.S. EPA. Agriculture was on target for reduction goals (for 2015) in phosphorus but not sediment or nitrogen. More...
  • USDA NRCS is hosting a webinar on the Water Quality Index for Runoff from Agricultural Fields (WQIag). This tool examines several factors and calculates a water quality runoff ranking from 1 to 10 (best). When repeated over time, it can be used to examine trends and assess the impact of conservation practices. August 3, 2016 at 2 p.m. eastern. More...
  • Scientists at the University of Illinois have found a way to track the age of nitrate nitrogen in crop fields. The goal of the effort is to help guide precision applications of nitrogen fertilizer in ways that rely on more than just concentration. Of interest to our audience, as nitrate nitrogen mineralizes from organic sources, such as manure, it is considered to be age "zero" in their calculations. They also identified interesting patterns between corn and soybean in that nitrogen in soybean fields tended to be "younger" than nitrogen in corn fields. They also noted that nitrogen in the topsoil tended to be "older" than nitrogen in lower layers - which goes against what I would have guessed. More...
  • According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) the Chesapeake Bay dead zone is predicted to be average or slightly smaller. More...

Edible Bale Wrap. How many Ph.D. students does it take to solve a longstanding farm cleanup challenge? Three men in the U.K. are in the process of patenting a biopolymer for wrapping hay and silage that is edible. (Jill's note - This could very well become one of my favorite inventions of all time.) More...

Dairy MOOC. A group of experts, led by Alex Hristov at Pennsylvania State University have developed a MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) on "Dairy Production and Management", an effort they call the world's first MOOOOO-C. The next class starts September 26, 2016. The course lasts eight weeks with an estimated 3-5 hour per week time commitment. Past participants have hailed from 155 countries. More...

Discovery Farms. The "Confluence" newsletter published a nice article about six Discovery Farms programs throughout the country. Discovery Farms are working, private farms on which data is collected related to water quality and management practices. The goal of the programs is to reduce nutrient losses is runoff. More... | In addition to the six states mentioned in this article (Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Arkansas, Illinois, and Washington), Iowa has also developed a Learning Farms program.

Air Quality. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has developed an online tool for farmers to use in comparing different practices that improve air quality. The Air Management Practices Assessment Tool (AMPAT) includes videos and practical information about each of the technologies or practices. More...

Antibiotics

  • University of Manitoba Researchers looked at antibiotics in manure and the effects of composting on their breakdown. Once difference between this study and others is that they compared the breakdown of antibiotics excreted by the animal with the manure and manure that was fortified by adding antibiotics before composting. They found that the fortified antibiotics did not dissipate at the same rate as the excreted ones. Journal abstract... | Manure Manager magazine article
  • The American Society of Animal Science has released a public policy statement on the use of antibiotics in animal production. The ASAS "...strongly supports the judicious use of antimicrobial therapies in food animal care...." More...

Anaerobic Digestion. A new research article examined the co-digestion of poultry manure with sugar beet pulp. They looked at batch and semi-continuous conditions as well as different ratios of beet pulp and manure. Abstract...

Soil Health. An initiative in the North Central Region is looking at the role of manure in soil health. With the topic of soil health continuing to grow in importance, this effort will curate research and other resources that reflect the current state of knowledge on the relationship between manure and soil. More...

Events & Announcements

Rangeland Soil. The USDA NRCS is hosting a webinar, as part of its ongoing Conservation Webinar Series, on "Rangeland Soil Health". August 9, 2016 at 2 p.m. eastern. More...

Winter Feeding. The webinar, "Alternative Stewardship Strategies for Winter Feeding" will be hosted by USDA NRCS on August 16, 2016 at 2 p.m. eastern. More...

Nutrient Day. North Dakota State University will host its annual Nutrient Management Day on August 23, 2016 in Carrington, ND. Topics include regulatory updates, compost demonstration, spreader calibration, and fertilizer timing. More...

CTIC Tour. The Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) will host a tour that visits a dairy and beef feedlot among other stops that emphasize soil, water, and air quality. August 23-24, 2016 in the Treasure Valley of Idaho. More...

Water Conference. The Eastern South Dakota Water Conference will be held in Brookings, SD on October 27, 2016 and feature the theme "Economics of Water Quality". The deadline to submit abstracts is August 15. 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.

"Despite changing gender roles, it's still often sons that go home to farm" (Harvest Public Media) More...

A Dutch designer is making fabric from cow poo More...

"Manure in the mist: Hog hell permeates Duplin County, N.C." This Environmental Working Group article casts a very critical eye on the swine industry and the effects it can have on neighbors. More...

"Corporate Agribusiness and the Fouling of America's Waterways" is a report released by the Environment America Research and Policy Center. The report authors calculated a "manure footprint" for each of five agribusiness companies, all with an extensive animal agriculture presence (Tyson, JBS, Cargill, Smithfield, and Perdue). The report includes 7 recommendations for these corporations and 10 more recommendations for state and federal policy makers. More...

"The first global urban planning conference was mostly about manure" More...

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