January 2018 Newsletter Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center

Animal Manure Management January 19, 2018 Print Friendly and PDF

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Looking Ahead to January: Are You Prepared?

What would you (or your clientele) do if a natural disaster hit your area? What changes should and do occur on a livestock operation during or following a natural disaster, not only to ensure the safety and care of the animals, but also the environments around the operation? Join us January 26, 2018 at 2:30 pm EST (1:30 CST; 12:30 MST; and 11:30 a.m. PST) More information...

Speakers: Tommy Bass, Montana State University, Ronald Gill, Texas AgriLife Extension, Carl Dahlen, North Dakota State University, and Kevin Erb, University of Wisconsin Extension.

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Reducing Greenhouse Gas and Ammonia Emissions from Manure Systems

What's Going On In the LPELC?

Waste to Worth 4. The fourth Waste to Worth conference is being tentatively planned for 2019 in Minnesota. If you are interested in being part of the planning committee, fill out this form.

Around the Horns

Water Quality. Michigan State University research examined streams, including the headwaters of small streams, to determine if they could figure out where nutrient loads were coming from. They found that even a few strategically collected samples can effectively serve as "sensors" for monitoring stream health. Read more...

PEDv Risk. Research from the University of Manitoba examined the risks of manure contaminated with PEDv being spread on soils. The multi-year project showed that the virus can survive winter conditions and can potentially replicated during winter months in manure storage structures. Three weeks after spreading, the virus was still detectable in soils, although its ability to infect animals was not examined. Learn more...

State Programs. The December 2017 Livestock Environmental Management newsletter from North Dakota State University is available. Topics include nutrient planning, the economic value of manure, and succession planning. Learn more...

Manure Storage. If you are interested in design of geosynthetic liners for liquid manure storage, check out this recorded webinar from USDA NRCS. Read more...

Climate

  • USDA NRCS is hosting a webinar on the CarbOn Management and Evaluation Tool (COMET). Webinar participants will learn about recent changes and  plans to integrate a version of COMET into Conservation Delivery Streamlining Initiative (CDSI). Participants will also learn about the ongoing development of an integrated greenhouse gas and water quality tool. January 25, 2018 at 2 pm EST. Learn more...
  • Economists at the University of Guelph examined what would happen if cattle were taxed because of methane emissions. They look at potential changes in consumption and production, potential unintended consequences, and assess whether they think it will be a successful strategy. Read more...

Nutrient Management. A National Science Foundation (NSF) analysis looked at 25 years of data to determine how phosphorus (P) loading in lakes occurred. They found that pulses of P are carried as a result of precipitation events with larger rain events contributing more P. This data can help in prioritizing strategies for reducing P losses from fields. Read more...

Animal Welfare. Research from USDA ARS and other partners is examining 3D imaging to model sow behavior with the goal of reducing piglet deaths. Read more...

Regulation & Policy. The US EPA has released English and Spanish fact sheets about the reporting requirements for animal agriculture related to EPCRA and CERCLA. The deadline for producers is January 22, 2018 to make the initial report. View the fact sheets...

cow grazing in pasturePastured Livestock.

  • The ATTRA Sustainable Ag Program has released a new publication "Building Healthy Pasture Soils". The publication emphasizes grazing management principles that build healthy soils. Read more...
  • A University of Alberta study shows that compensation programs that reimburse ranchers for livestock killed by predators helps advance conservation on private lands. Read more... | Journal abstract...

Health & Safety. "Evaluation of low-cost hydrogen sulfide monitors for use in livestock production" is the title of a recent study by the University of Iowa. Gas monitors are important to protect farm workers from dangerous hydrogen sulfide gas. Researchers examined different models and differing conditions. They advise that bump tests are important to make sure monitors accurately detect high levels of H2S gas. Read more... | ASABE Technical Library...

Events & Announcements

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...

ILES. The Call for Papers is open for the 10th International Livestock Environment Symposium. ILES X will be held in Omaha, Nebraska September 25-27, 2018. More...

ASABE 2018. American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) Annual International Meeting will be held July 29 - August 1, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. Abstracts are due January 3, 2018. Meeting website...

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.

Protein levels in native grasses have dropped significantly in recent years and that could be a problem for grass-fed beef. Read more...

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

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