November 2016 Newsletter Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center

Animal Manure Management November 21, 2016 Print Friendly and PDF

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Webcast Series

Looking Ahead to December: Pathogens 101

Pathogens, as they relate to animal manure, are a complex topic with new science being added to the conversation all the time. December's webcast takes a step back from the complex and focuses on the basics. This webcast will be valuable to those who work with animal agriculture to converse with those outside of agriculture and to provide information that can be used in training programs. More... (flyer will be posted there when available). December 16, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. (central); 2:30 (eastern); 12:30 (mountain);11:30 am (pacific).

Featured Video:

Livestock Odor: A Case Study from Nebraska

More on Webcasts...

What's Going On In the LPELC?

Waste to Worth. Registration 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)

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.

  • USDA sent its proposed "Farmer Fair Practices Rules" back to the White House for review. The rule, which is actually three separate rules, has sharply divided the livestock industry. The rules relate to the ability of farmers to sue packers over unfair practices, the structuring of contracts and premiums, and the way poultry growers are paid for performance. More...
  • Wisconsin is looking at funding renewable energy projects, including those for manure digesters. More...
  • A Maryland poultry inspector discusses the job of regulators and talks about the most common problem areas seen on poultry farm inspections. More...
  • The USDA Economic Research Service looked at public and private funding for agricultural research and development in the United States. They discussed the role of public funding, the decline in those funding sources, and measures of output (journal articles, patents) for U.S. researchers. More...

beef manure applied to a field close up viewNutrient Management

  • At a recent University of Maryland field day, the benefits (and negatives) of injecting manure were discussed. The discussion includes nitrogen (ammonia) losses, the importance of calibration, costs, and technology for injection. More...
  • The Manure Scoop blog from Iowa State University highlighted the science behind the 50 degree temperature and nitrogen application. More...

Communicating Science.

  • This video from the Leman Swine Conference in Minnesota features Dr. Alison VanEenennaam (UC Davis) discussing how to (and how not to) communicate about scientific information in dispelling misinformation. More...

  • In other communication-related news, the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology has recently released an issue paper, "Animal Feed vs Human Food: Challenges and Opportunities in Sustaining Animal Agriculture Toward 2050". More...

Grazing Management. The benefits of mixed cattle and sheep grazing. More...

Air Quality. A study in Europe looked at a multi-prong approach to reduce ammonia emissions from dairies. They modeled the impact of management practices and design differences and then compared the model results with literature data. The greatest level of reduction was seen with a combination of scraping manure combined with acidification.  More... | Abstract

New Journal. The American Society of Animal Science is launching an open-access, open-review journal, "Translational Animal Science". The new journal is now accepting submissions. More...

Water Quality

  • EPA has released the annual report on nonpoint source pollution program highlights. The 24 page report highlights the types of projects undertaken and the water quality improvements achieved. Summary... | Download the report (24 pp; PDF)
  • A mobile system to extract phosphorus, in the form of struvite, from dairy manure will be built and demonstrated by Washington State University and the Dairy Farmers of Washington with a grant from USDA NRCS. The goal is to create a form of phosphorus fertilizer that can be transported longer distances than raw manure and help alleviate nutrient concentration concerns in some watersheds.  More....

Safety & Health.

  • Manure spreading season is in full swing and along with it come reports of fatal incidents (human and animal). Safety should be on everyone's mind. Rich Gates with the University of Illinois summarizes some of the recent incidents and provides links to safety resources. More...
  • University of Nebraska Extension Specialist, Amy Schmidt, reminds us that removing manure from bedded pack barns also poses a potential hazard in the form of dangerous gases. More...

Climate Change.

  • The United Nations released a report "The State of Food and Agriculture 2016". The report covers many different aspects of world food security, but there is a large focus on climate change and the need to plan for the uncertainties that arise from it. More...
  • The 2016 University of Nebraska Beef Report includes an article about producer concerns and perceptions on methane production in cattle. The survey asked several questions about methane and cattle and broke down replies by age groups of respondents as well as location and how often they attend educational workshops. More...

Avian Influenza. Research by the USDA Agricultural Research Service looked at heat and time as ways to inactivate the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus in chicken litter. Exposure to 90 degrees (F) for two days was effective in inactivating the virus. More...

Funding Opportunity. The USDA Conservation Innovation Grant program is now accepting proposals. The program emphasizes work on farms and looks to stimulate the development and adoption of innovation technologies for conservation. More...

Events & Announcements

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...

Midwest Manure. The biannual Midwest Manure Summit is being held February 22-23, 2017 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. 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 Cage-Free Hens Live in Animal Advocates Video" An animal advocacy group broke into a layer hen barn at night to secretly film a video about cage-free systems. More...

"Why Big Industry Is Paying Small Farmers to Cut Pollution In the Ohio River" discusses a nutrient credit trading program that is financing farm manure management projects through industry purchases of credits because those credits are cheaper than enacting emissions reductions at the factory or plant. More...

"Hurricane Matthew Teaches Four Important Lessons About Resilience "Environmental Defense Fund highlighted four lessons from Hurricane Matthew that can prepare animal agriculture for the future. More...

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