March 2017 Newsletter Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center

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Webcast Series

Looking Ahead to May

Due to scheduling problems, the March webcast is cancelled with our apologies. No webcast is scheduled for April due to the Waste to Worth conference. The series will resume in May with a presentation on nitrates in groundwater.

Featured Video:

An overview of health and safety issues on dairy farms

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What's Going On In the LPELC?

Waste to Worth. Early registration ends March 20! 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! Visit the conference website... Don't forget the pre-conference mass mortality workshop.

Soil Health.

  • The LPELC co-sponsored (with the North Central Region Water Network being the primary sponsor) a series of presentations on manure and soil health. The series includes soil health testing, soil biology, soil erosion and runoff, and cover crops. Recordings....
  • A University of Wisconsin demonstration project showed differences in microbial activity in soils under different management schemes. Educators buried cotton cloths in forested areas and fields under differing tillage, manure application, and soil types. The cloths were recovered and used in educational programs. Read more...

Around the Horns

Avian Influenza.

Climate Change. A University of California Santa Barbara analysis looked at the effects of U.S. diets on both climate change and health care costs. Their model found that cutting down on red meat lowered greenhouse gas emissions and reduced treatment costs for many common diseases.  Read more... | Journal abstract...

Biogas. The EPA AgSTAR program is hosting a webinar on innovative models for anaerobic digester projects. March 15, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. EDT Learn more... | Register...

tile drainageTile Drainage. An Ohio inspector discusses the two most common problems he sees in manure application in Ohio. One is discharge through tile outlets and the other is application on frozen or snow-covered ground. Read more.... On a related note, University of Wisconsin Discovery Farms shared information from on-farm studies of tile drained systems that can be used to prevent nutrient loss. More...

Weather Data. The USDA Northeast Climate Hub is hosting a webinar on "Automated access to free NOAA weather data for use in ag decision models". April 6, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. EDT. Read more...

Grazing Management. A free smartphone app is available to measure the size of pastures or paddocks or to measure the distance of a fenceline or waterline. More...

Manure Storage

  • The Iowa State University "Manure Scoop" blog asks "Can we put a value to having a manure storage?"
  • A community manure storage facility is being considered in one Wisconsin county as a an alternative to spreading manure in winter conditions, which can be risky for runoff. Read more.... On a related note, Ohio State University Extension Specialists discuss management options to reduce risks if it becomes necessary for small or medium sized farms to spread manure during winter months. More...
  • Related to winter manure application, see a related archived webinar on "Manure Application Risk Management Tools & Advisory Systems"

a small waterway running through a pastureWater Quality

  • Does agriculture need to double production to feed the world by 2050? At least one Penn State analysis says "no". The analysis also shows that environmental protection will need to increase to adequately protect water, climate, and soil.  News release...
  • The Trump administration has issued an executive order directing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to review the Waters of the U.S. Rule and revise or rescind the rule as appropriate. More... | Related: The LPELC hosted a 2014 webcast on the proposed rule. A brief timeline of court challenges and decisions is included on the page along with information on the rule.

Nutrient Management.

  • An Ohio State University Extension Specialist provides background on the importance of calibrating manure spreaders and examples of the math behind calibration. Read more...
  • The Maryland Department of Agriculture is incentivizing manure injection by offering cost share for farmers who inject or incorporate manure. Read more...

composted dairy manureSoil Health. The Manure and Soil Health (MaSH) project has a new blog. The team aims to curate and promote science and application of information about manure impacts on soil health.  Read the first post...

Safety. An Iowa farmer advocates using hydrogen sulfide detectors, signs, and visible barriers to increase safety during manure pumping and agitation. He is among several farmers and manure haulers working together to increase awareness about manure gases. The effort was spearheaded by neighbors who lost a family member and employee to hydrogen sulfide. Read more...

On-Farm Research. The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) network has released a new publication updating detailed instructions for conducting on-farm research. Read more... | Download the publication...

Solar Energy. Iowa State University has some new publications on solar arrays for farms. The applications they discuss include direct use on the farm for ventilating barns or grain bins and also generating energy to offset electrical charges each month. One of the featured publications includes case studies. Read More...

Digital Green. If you are interested in technology and/or ways that Extension operates outside of the U.S., check out this recorded webinar on "Enhancing Extension's Effectiveness: Digital Green's Innovative Approach"

Events & Announcements

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 Expo. The next Manure Expo will be held in Arlington, WI on August 22-23, 2017. 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.

"Floating dairy farm being built in Rotterdam." More...

"Tour stop highlights poultry-to-energy projects." More...

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