October 2016 Newsletter Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center

Animal Manure Management October 11, 2016 Print Friendly and PDF

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Webcast Series

Looking Ahead to October: Manure and Soil Health

This webinar will be a departure from our usual format in that it will be more of a roundtable discussion than past webinars. The topic is on manure and soil health and several panelists will discuss some of the ongoing efforts to "round up" research data and other information on the impacts of manure on soils. Participants are welcome to add to the discussion, if they wish, and help add to the inventory of resources available on this increasingly important topic. More...  October 28, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. (central); 2:30 (eastern); 12:30 (mountain);11:30 am (pacific). (Note that the webinar is one week later than our usual date.)

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What's Going On In the LPELC?

Waste to Worth. Registration and call for abstracts is open!! 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. The LPELC webcast series has moved to 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.

beef manure applied to a field close up viewNutrient Management

  • Nitrogen efficiency an ongoing study for Discovery Farms. The Wisconsin Discovery Farms program is tracking nitrogen around working farms and building a knowledge base to help inform nutrient application decisions for future crops. More... | Discovery Farms website | Related: [Waste to Worth proceedings paper]  "What practices are reducing environmental and economic risks on Wisconsin farms?"
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension offers some tips on getting ready for manure spreading season by revisiting your nutrient management plan. More...
  • North Dakota State University released their Livestock Environmental Management newsletter. It includes information on nutrient management, harmful algal blooms, bale grazing, and more...

Anaerobic Digestion. The Cornell Waste Management Institute released the final report on a project evaluating solids and liquids from anaerobic digesters for use as bedding and fertilizer. The team looked at manure from 17 farms, 13 of which accepted food waste as a co-digestate. They examined bacteria levels, metals, and other properties of the manure to see if they could find differences in co-digestion or season of the year. More...

Pathogens. A recently funded study involving the University of California-Davis and several other institutions will result in guidelines and recommendations when it comes to using manure on organic vegetable crops. They will be especially looking at time between application and harvest. More...

Hormones. A recently published article in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health looked at Fenton oxidation as a way to remove estrogens from cow manure. More...

bottles of veterinary pharmaceuticalsAntibiotics. USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in Nebraska found antibiotic resistance present in soil bacteria on sites that had not been grazed for over 20 years. The work is expected to help provide baseline information that can be used to compare the level of antibiotic resistance to sites that are actively managed or impacted by human and animal activity. More... | Archived webinar: Antibiotic resistance and animal agriculture

Water Quality.

  • This video playlist tells the story of Kentucky farmers on managing their land for water quality (via University of Kentucky). More....
  • Researchers in California used the PhyloChip microarray combined with a machine learning classifier for tracking the source of fecal bacteria in a watershed. The process shows promise in distinguishing between human, ruminant, bird, horse, pig, and dog fecal bacteria. More...

Safety & Health. The Cornell Waste Management Institute looked at human health and safety considerations on a composting operation. They offered a hierarchy of control measures for eliminating or reducing health hazards. More...

Events & Announcements

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...

Agronomy Meeting. The American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America will host more than 4,000 scientists, professionals, educators, and students at the 2016 International Annual Meeting, "Resilience Emerging from Scarcity and Abundance," on Nov. 6-9, 2016, in Phoenix, AZ. More...

dairy cowsDairy Nutrition. The Penn State Dairy Extension Team is hosting their "Dairy Cattle Nutrition Workshop" on November 8-10, 2016 in Grantville, PA. Continuing education for ARPAS and Feed Management planners will be available. More...

Ecosystem. A Community on Ecosystem Services (ACES) brings together researchers, professionals, and policy-makers interested in ecosystem services. Their 2016 conference will be held December 5-9 in Jacksonville, FL. 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.

"Meter of manure confirms 1,500 year old stable" More...

"Poop at the San Francisco Zoo a fertile stew" Which type of poo is the favorite of the zoo dung beetles? More...

"Ultra-modern hog barn opens in Iowa" Iowa State University worked with this farm to monitor air emissions from a new barn. More...

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