September 2016 Newsletter Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center

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Webcast Series

Looking Ahead to September: Nutrient Recycling Challenge

This month we are taking a look at the EPA's Nutrient Recycling Challenge and some of the projects that received awards in Phase 1. Presenters will also discuss the next steps in the challenge and what it could mean for manure nutrient management. More...  September 23, 2016 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?"

Presenter will be: Joseph Ziobro, US Environmental Protection Agency

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Think Safety First - Tips From a Commercial Manure Applicator

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What's Going On In the LPELC?

Waste to Worth. Save the Date!! The 2017 Waste to Worth conference is being held in Raleigh, North Carolina April 18-21, 2017. Day One will include a mortality workshop and tours and the rest of the conference will include keynotes, posters, and oral presentations. Plan to be there! More... | Proceedings from 2013 (Denver) and 2015 (Seattle)

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...

Around the Horns

Policy and Regulation.

  • A report authored by Wallace Huffman from Iowa State University looks at the trends in funding for agricultural research and extension funding over time and the need for ag research and extension. The lag time for impact and return on investment for both are also discussed. More...
  • A historical look at meat and politics "The Beefsteak Election: When Meat Changed the Course of American Politics" from Time magazine. More...

Nutrient Management

  • Dr. Deanne Meyer with UC Davis provides a nice overview of nitrogen and its various forms in animal waste. She also discusses the relationship between temperature and nitrogen losses. More...
  • More from UC Davis: The Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI) released the "California Nitrogen Assessment" which looks at the sources of nitrogen in California (agriculture and otherwise) and the fate of that nitrogen. While animal agriculture and manure are only a portion of this assessment, it is worth a look. More... Related: [Archived webcast] Nitrates in Groundwater
  • Michigan State University researched soil nitrate availability in corn fields following cover crops or manure application. They used pre-sidedress nitrate testing to estimate the mineralization for the upcoming growing season. More...
  • The US EPA hosted a Twitter chat on nutrient pollution on August 25. Ellen Gilinsky, Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Water was one of several on an expert panel that answered questions. The questions were answered via the @EPAWater account and used the #NutrientPollution hashtag for those that would like to look back at the chat.
  • EPA has announced plans for Phase II of the Nutrient Recycling Challenge. The projects that were selected to advance past Phase I will participate in an incubation program in which they will develop technology designs for their concepts. More...

Manure Expo. Mark your calendars! The 2018 Manure Expo will be held in Southeast South Dakota. More... The 2017 Expo will be in Arlington, Wisconsin on August 22-23, 2017. More...

Manure & Root Crops. USDA Agricultural Research Service research in Idaho is examining long-term manure application to crops. One of the many areas being examined is the use of manure on root crops (potatoes and sugar beets). The timing of manure application to both is important for sugar recovery (beets) and crop quality (potatoes). The environmental impacts of manure rates is also being examined in this study. More...

Beginning Farmers. An online course developed by the University of Wisconsin is geared toward beginning livestock and dairy producers. The course is available to individuals as well as groups. More...

Avian Influenza. Oklahoma State University has released a new fact sheet on "Mortality Management Options During an Avian Influenza Outbreak" (PDF, 4 pages). The fact sheet is best opened in Explorer, Firefox, or Chrome and not Edge. The same strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) that caused a widespread outbreak in the U.S. has been identified in an Alaskan duck. This is the first time the virus has been found in the U.S. since June, 2015. More... Related: [Archived webcast] Mortality Management Options During an Avian Influenza Outbreak

Air Quality. Dust management in cattle feedlots is both an environmental issue as well as a health one. Joe Darrington with South Dakota State University provides some information on minimizing dust from feedlots including recommendation on manure removal, water application, and other strategies. More... | Related: Dust Emissions from Animal Agriculture

Antibiotics

  • South Carolina researchers, including veterinary scientists, reviewed 195 published articles related to antibiotic use in animal agriculture and foodborne antibiotic-resistant Campylobacter. They concluded there was no link between antibiotic use in animals and the emergence of resistance in this particular pathogen. More...
  • Nebraska Extension has developed a comprehensive web page on the Veterinary Feed Directive and its impacts on livestock, especially beef, producers. Included are FAQs, a recorded webinar, and links to forms and other resources. More...

Related: [Archived webinar] Antibiotic Resistance and Animal Agriculture

Greenhouse Gases.

  • The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released a tool to estimate the productivity of an animal agriculture operation in relation to the greenhouse gases it emits. The Global Livestock Environmental Assessment Model is now in an interactive format (GLEAMi) and is a decision tool for farmers to select the most sustainable practices. More...
  • "A new method for quantifying methane emissions from manure management" was just published in PLOS ONE by Danish researchers. The goal of the research was to separate the emissions from manure from those of the animals housed in the same building as manure storage (such as pits). News releaseJournal Article

Safety Webinar. The University of Wisconsin is hosting a webinar on Manure Handling Safety on September 8 at 11 a.m. central (noon eastern). Presenters will discuss manure gases and safety considerations, emergency response procedures and other topics. More... | Related [Archived webinar] Manure Safety and Transport

Events & Announcements

Manure Tour. The Innovative Farmers of Ontario is hosting a the Great Manure Tour on September 8, 2016. More...

Small Farm Conference. The 7th National Small Farm conference is being held September 20-22, 2016 at Virginia Beach, VA. The conference is showcasing strategies, success stories, and innovative outreach, research, and extension. More...

World Dairy Expo. Madison, Wisconsin will host the 50th annual World Dairy Expo October 4-8, 2016. More...

Biocycle. The Biocycle REFOR16 will be held October 17-20, 2016 in Orlando, FL. The focus of the conference is on biogas and organics recycling. 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". More...

Poultry Expo. The International Production and Processing Expo will be held in Atlanta, GA on January 31-February 2, 2017. More...

Waste to Worth. The 3rd Waste to Worth conference will be held on April 18-21, 2017 in Raleigh, NC. The focus is on animal agriculture and stewardship topics from nutrient management, climate change, small farms, treatment technologies, and much more. Conference Website

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.

"How rural farming communities are fighting economic decline" (National Public Radio) More...

"Vermont dairy farm spins manure to take out phosphorus" More...

"Could less gassy livestock be a cash cow?" (Bloomberg) More...

"No one dietary choice is the answer to a sustainable diet" (published in the Guardian and reprinted by the International Livestock Research Institute) More...

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