June 2017 Newsletter Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center

Animal Manure Management June 15, 2017 Print Friendly and PDF

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Webcast Series

Looking Ahead to June: Runoff Risk Advisory Tools for Water Quality Protection 

This webinar will present four different runoff advisory tools: the Runoff Risk Advisory Forecast (WI), Application Risk Management System (WA), Fertilizer Forecaster (PA), and the Saturated Area Forecast Tool (VA). Join us to learn more about how these tools were developed and how they are used to advise farm manure spreading decisions. June 16, 2017 at 1:30 pm CDT (2:30 pm eastern; 12:30 pm mountain; 11:30 am pacific) More...

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Animal Agriculture In the U.S. Trends in Production and Manure Management

What's Going On In the LPELC?

Water Quality Module. In cooperation with US EPA and all the major animal ag organizations, a new module on animal agriculture and water quality has been published. This six-part module includes virtual tours of different types of animal ag farms, looks at trends in manure management, water quality, stewardship efforts, the Clean Water Act and more. Links to a wide array of resources that go further in-depth on individual topics have been carefully curated throughout the module. Visit the module...

Antibiotic Resistance. A new online fact sheet has been published on "Manure Land Application Strategies to Mitigate Antibiotics and Antibiotics Resistance Genes In the Agricultural Environment". Read the fact sheet... | Related: Check out the "Manure Pathogens and Microbial By-Products" section of the LPELC website.

Waste to Worth.  The recordings are nearly complete. Almost all of the proceedings papers have a video of the presentation embedded. Find the recordings two ways: by conference agenda or by topic

Around the Horns

Water Quality. The latest Chesapeake Bay report card indicates that efforts to improve water quality are working. The Bay received a "C" grade overall with the fisheries grade improving to an "A". Efforts to better manage manure nutrients from animal agriculture are among the actions being taken in the Bay. Read more...

Manure Expo. Today (June 15) is the last day to dust off your crappy puns and submit them to the "top 10 rejected Manure Expo slogans" T-shirt contest. Past entries have included gems such as "the future of what's left behind" and "nobody sticks their nose in our business". Join "the movement" and submit yours! Read more...

Policy and Regulation. Regulation of animals (and plants) that have been genetically altered has been lagging substantially behind the available technology, especially in the area of gene editing. In early 2017, FDA released draft guidance for the animal industry to address this new area of research. Public comments are due June 19, 2017. Read more... | Related: Article on the differences between USDA and FDA in their proposed approaches to genetically altered plants and animals.

cow grazing in pastureGrazing Management. The protein levels of forage in native grasslands appear to be declining. The exact reasons are not known, but if the trend continues it will have implications for carrying capacity, supplemental feed costs, and/or animal performance.  More...

Nutrient Use Efficiency. A recent study evaluated different nitrogen fertilizer sources in a dairy forage rotation on nitrous oxide emissions. Fall and spring-applied manure, compost, urea, and an enhanced urea (with urease and nitrification inhibitors) were evaluated. They found that the timing of manure application did not affect nitrous oxide emissions but the enhanced fertilizer reduced them. Read more... | Abstract...

manure being injected into crop landNutrient Management

  • The Chesapeake Bay program has released a report on "Manure Treatment Technologies" in which an expert panel looked at different technologies through the lens of water quality goals for the Bay. Read the report... | Related: Waste to Worth presentations on this report and other efforts in the Chesapeake Bay on BMP Effectiveness | Manure Treatment Report | Injection & Incorporation
  • Increasing the distance that manure can be economically transported for land application has potential to improve distribution of nutrients. One way that farmers and manure haulers are doing this is by using frac tanks. Read more...
  • An Iowa project modeled the effect of cover crops on fall manure application. Overall, the use of cover crops as simulated by the model was likely to reduce soil nitrate losses. Read more...

Organic Production. USDA has released a second proposed rule on organic livestock and poultry production. The Final Rule amends the organic livestock and poultry production requirements in the USDA organic regulations. This Final Rule was originally set to take effect on March 20, 2017, and is now being extended to November 14, 2017. Comments will be accepted until June 9, 2017. Read more...

Manure Application. This presentation by a commercial manure applicator provides insight into the amount of planning and effort it takes to do a professional job in applying manure. Read more... | Related: Panel discussion working with commercial manure haulers from Waste to Worth 2017.

crowd at a field dayFarm Demonstrations. One of the most effective learning opportunities for farmers is the on-farm field day. The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) project has published a "Farmer Field Day Toolkit" to assist educators in planning and holding field days and demonstrations.

Farmer Stewardship

  • Penn State Extension Specialist Ginny Ishler provides a list of stewardship-related practices dairy farmers can use to protect air and water quality. The list includes practices that have extensive research behind them and she includes an explanation of how each makes sense from a financial or business perspective for farmers as well as an environmental one. Read more...
  • One Wisconsin dairy farm discusses their composting operation and how it helps them get along with neighbors. The farm is located in an area where they have become completely surrounded by businesses, schools, and other neighbors. Read more...
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Events & Announcements

ASAS-CSAS.The American Society of Animal Science and Canadian Society of Animal Science are holding their annual meeting and trade show July 8-12, 2017 in Baltimore, MD. More...

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

SARE Conference. The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program is hosting a once-every-decade conference "Our Farms Our Future: The Next 30 Years of Sustainable Agriculture". April 3-5, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. More...

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.

Lower natural gas prices are likely to affect farms that operate manure digesters as their power purchase agreements expire. Different programs are looking at ways to incentivize biogas and encourage continued use and development of digesters. Read more...

If you have any questions about this newsletter, please contact Jill Heemstra jheemstra@unl.edu

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