February 2012 Newsletter Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center

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Webcast Series

Looking Ahead to the April Webcast: Adaptive Management

There is NO March webcast. The series will return in April with "Adaptive Management". Adaptive management is gaining traction as farmers seek ways to proactively monitor their system to quickly identify changes. A flyer will be posted at Upcoming Webcasts as soon as it is available.

February Webcast: Chesapeake TMDL Update

TODAY! A year after the Chesapeake Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), or "pollution diet", was finalized by EPA, we are going to follow up our previous TMDL webcast with an update on the progress made toward implementing the TMDL. February 17, 2012 at 2:30 pm (eastern).

What's Going On In the LPELC?

Environmental Leader, Air Quality Publications

Environmental Leader. The beginning farmer team in the LPELC recently recognized a young Colorado rancher as the 2012 Environmental Leader. See a video where Todd Inglee, Ralston Valley Beef, discusses his range restoration efforts and how he sees public scrutiny as an opportunity. More...

Air Quality Publications. New fact sheets are now available on Airborne Emissions | Ammonia (Feedyards) | Litter Amendments. These materials were developed by the Air Quality Education in Animal Agriculture project which is publishing curriculum materials for classroom and extension educators.

These join the previous recent releases in the series: Wet ScrubbersManure Storage Covers | Biofilters | Manure Additives | Dust (video)

Best Guess. We will be resuming the "Best Guess" contest in March. If you have a photo or short video that could be used in this please send it to Jill jheemstra@unl.edu.

Spotlight On

History Channel, Manure to Energy, Manure to Oil

History Channel. Pennsylvania State University faculty and staff involved in odor research were featured in the History Channel's Modern Marvels episode titled "Stink" that aired on January 23. More...

Manure to Energy. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has released a report on anaerobic digestion and other manure-to-energy technologies. More...

Manure to Oil. The University of Illinois is developing an educational and research facility to demonstrate the process of converting swine manure and algae to oil. More...

National Resources

Manure Calculator, EPA Resources, Beef Carbon Footprint, Excess Nitrogen

Manure Calculator. University of Minnesota has recently released a web-based manure calculator "What is Manure Worth?" More...

EPA Resources. EPA has recently released a permit writer's guide for CAFO's More... EPA is also posting state technical standards for nutrient management on their website. At the current time, only five states are included in the list (DE, MD, PA, VA, WV) More...

Beef Carbon Footprint. A new article in the Journal of Animal Science "The Environmental Impact of Beef Production in the United States: 1977 compared with 2007" looks at the increased efficiency of beef producers and how that reduces water and land use and carbon footprint. More...

Excess Nitrogen. The Ecological Society of American has released a report on "Excess Nitrogen in the U.S. Environment: Trends, Risks and Solutions". The report emphasizes the need for greater controls on agricultural, especially livestock, ammonia emissions. More...

Events & Announcements

National Water Conference.  The Land Grant and Sea Grant National Water Conference will be held May 20-24 in Portland, OR.Poster abstracts are being accepted until the session is filled. Registration is now open. More...

Animal Mortality Symposium. 4th International Symposium on Managing Animal Mortality, Products, By-Products, and Associated Health Risk will be held in May 21-23, 2012 More...

Have your state/regional/national event added to our calendar of events. Send them to Jill at jheemstra@unl.edu

Manure In the News

A look at animal agriculture and manure in the news, both the funny and the controversial. Inclusion here does not constitute LPELC endorsement. In other words, we don't create this stuff, we just link to it.

"Butter Sculpture to Power Farm for Three Days" More...

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

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.