April 2012 Newsletter Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center

Animal Manure Management April 05, 2012 Print Friendly and PDF

Webcast Series

Looking Ahead to the May Webcast: Nitrate Leaching

The May 18 webcast will take a look at nitrates in groundwater by presenting a series of regional perspectives on the topic. Some of the issues presented will include CAFOs and manure storage structures, storm events, and state regulatory limits on manure application. A flyer will be posted at our Upcoming Webcasts page soon.

April 20: Adaptive Management

After a short spring break, the webcast series returns with "Adaptive Management". Adaptive management is gaining traction as farmers seek ways to proactively monitor their system to quickly identify changes. Presenters will be Thomas Morris, University of Connecticut and Quirine Ketterings, Cornell University. They will share the concepts of adaptive management and examples of its successful application. More...

Future Topics

June-Climate Change
July-Swine and Greenhouse Gases
August 10-Phosphorus Bioavailability in Dairy Cattle

Webcasts are generally held on the 3rd Friday of each month at 2:30 pm (unless otherwise noted)

What's Going On In the LPELC?

Air Quality Publications, Best Guess

Air Quality Publications. New fact sheets are now available on Atmospheric Ammonia | Diet & Feed Management. 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: Airborne Emissions | Managing Ammonia | Litter Amendments | Wet ScrubbersManure Storage Covers | Biofilters | Manure Additives | | Dust (video) | Dust (Particulate Matter) IntroductionDust (Particulate Matter) Management

Best Guess.  What is this pile? Check out the short (16 second) video and post your best guess in the comment section or email it to Jill. Winners will be recognized in next month's newsletter. Good luck! The EnvAgLeaders facebook page is part of the LPELC Beginning Farmer team.

March winners. David Munn and Saqib Mukhtar both correctly guessed that the video showed a grassy area burned by manure application (dairy manure to be exact). The application was made in late July and the pasture recovered quickly. Congratulations to both David and Saqib!

National Resources

Nutrient Pollution, Water and Soil, State Program Highlights

Nutrient Pollution. The US Environmental Protection Agency has unveiled a new website focused around the issues of nutrient pollution. While much of this website is written for the general public, many of our readers might be interested in some of the collection of information under "technical resources". More... Jill's note: I have seen many of these technical resources in the past, but not collected onto a single page.

Water and Soil. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service recently published a video showing how water moves through different types of soil structures. This nice visual could be useful to educators conducting programs or classes on nutrient management. More...

State Program Highlights

  • Michigan: Natalie Rector says "Check the list twice on manure management" to get the most from your crops More...
  • Illinois: Livestock manager training program turns 15 years old More...
  • Oklahoma: The March issue of "Poultry Practices" tackles questions on E. coli transport after poultry litter application, hormones, and weed seeds in litter More...
  • Wisconsin: Extension specialist Becky Larson discusses modern manure management and digesters in Wisconsin (audio interview) More...
  • Ohio: Extension specialist Glen Arnold talks about the benefits of using manure as a nutrient source in your cropping system (audio interview) More...

If you have a state project or program you would like to see in this section, email the details to jheemstra@unl.edu

Hot Topics

Nitrates in California, Sustainability Awards

Nitrates in California. A new University of California Davis report says that 1 in 10 people who live in California's most productive areas are at risk to be exposed to high levels of nitrates through their drinking water. The report found that agricultural activities were responsible for 90 percent of the nitrate found in the water. More...

Sustainability Awards. The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy recently announced the winners of the Dairy Sustainabiliy. Three dairy farms are among those recognized for their efforts in energy efficiency, nutrient mangement, and anaerobic digestion. 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, serious, funny or controversial. Inclusion here does not constitute LPELC endorsement. In other words, we don't create this stuff, we just link to it.

"Opposing bills tackle manure regulations in Maryland" looks at whether Maryland should pass tougher regulations or wait for other Chesapeake Bay states to catch up first More...

Location, Location, Location. "ARS researcher: Location most important factor in starting a CAFO" More...

The warm, dry spring in many parts of the country meant that states could relax restrictions on winter spreading of manure. "Winter Manure Spreading Ban Lifted" (Vermont) 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.