February 2014 Newsletter Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center

Animal Manure Management February 13, 2014 Print Friendly and PDF

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Webcast Series

Looking Ahead to February: Thermal Conversion of Animal Manure to Biofuel

Biomass gasification is a well-developed technology that has the potential to convert various feed stocks into value added products for on-farm heat generation and carbon sequestration. The availability of on-farm gasifiers that can handle diverse feed stocks is limited and represents a hurdle to the widespread utilization. Join us as Dr. Samy Sadaka (University of Arkansas) discusses his research and some of the prospects for this technology. February 28, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. (eastern) More... | Add to calendar: iCal (Outlook) | Google calendar

Future Topics

March 7 - Water Quality Index for Agricultural Runoff
March 21 - On-Farm Manure Research Results (applying manure to standing crops)
April - Marin County carbon project
As always, you can check out the recordings of past webcast at our webcast archive and view the schedule at upcoming webcasts.

Featured Video:

Equipment for small farm manure management

What's Going On In the LPELC?

Manure to Energy. Are you, or do you know someone, considering a manure-to-energy system? There are many questions to ask about the farm, the technology, and the regulations before moving forward. More...

Biosecurity. Inlight of the PED outbreak, we curated a variety of resources related to biosecure manure and mortality management More...

Climate Course. This self-paced course is specifically designed for Extension educators and technical service providers across the nation who serve livestock and poultry producers. Topics include recent weather trends, climate impacts, adaptation and risk management, basic climate science, greenhouse gas emissions and mitigation practices, the basics of carbon markets, and communication strategies for dealing with this contentious issue. Signups are available at the start of each month for this comprehensive course. More... | Brochure

National Resources

Climate Hubs, EPA In Spanish, Poultry Footprint, CIG Grants

Climate Hubs. The USDA has announced the locations of its regional climate hubs. The continental U.S. is broken into seven regions. More... | Related: LPELC Climate Change & Animal Ag

EPA In Spanish. The EPA climate change website is now also available in Spanish. More...

Poultry Footprint. A study published in "Poultry Science" says that the environmental footprint of the U.S. egg industry has greatly shrunk over the past 50 years. The researchers looked at greenhouse gases (down 71% per kg eggs produced), eutrophying emissions (down 71%) and acidifying emissions (down 65%). More...

CIG Grants. The USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) just announced the 2014 Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG). This program is intended to support the development and adoption of innovative approaches and technologies that stimulate environmental protection. Deadline is March 7, 2014. More...

State Program Highlights

  • Michigan: "What is your winter manure strategy?" More...
  • South Dakota: SDSU extension specialist, Erin Cortus, recommends keeping a manure spill response kit ready. What should be included? More... | Related: Smartphone app for documenting emergency plans

Have a state project or program you would like to see in this section? Email the details to jheemstra@unl.edu.

Hot Topics

Success Story, Soil Health, Swine Phosphorus, Biochar Scrubber

Success Story. A beginning farmer in Massachusetts has put management plans in place to protect water and improve productivity. Some of the improvements include a milk house waste system, rotational grazing, conservation plan, and nutrient management plan. More...

Soil Health. Soil testing is taking on a new dimension based on USDA Ag Research Service information. Extensive research and pilot testing has identified several different parameters that can be used to measure "soil health", including items like "microbial active carbon" and "water soluble carbon". Recently, several labs began offering a testing service based on this research. More... (Disclaimer: NOT an endorsement for any particular labs, I was mostly interested to see that the research has reached commercial application ~Jill). Related: Archived webcast on "Soil Health"

Swine Phosphorus. The Manitoba Livestock Manure Management Initiative recently published a survey that found, among other things, that swine nutritionists believe they can reduce the levels of phosphorus in swine manure if the Canadian Food Inspection Agency was flexible in their requirements. More...

Biochar Scrubber. Biochar has many potential uses. One of the newer ones is the potential for chicken manure biochar to scrub mercury from coal power plant emissions. More...

Manure tweet of the week:

Picture of frozen manure clump standing upright after being spread in a field

Events & Announcements

Cover Crops. A free web conference on February 18, 2014 will feature the opening sessions of the National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health. These sessions are being viewed in over 200 other locations in every state with facilitated discussions at each remote location. More... Related: LPELC webcast Manure Nutrients, Cover Crops and Slurry Seeding

Mortality Composting. "What Farmer Educators Need to Know about Mortality Composting - Beyond the Basics", April 25, 2014 in Langston, OK. More...

Manure Expo. The 2014 Manure Expo will be held July 8 and 9 near Springfield, MO. More details and information will be released as they are finalized. Past Manure Expo information can be found at http://manureexpo.com

Organic Recycling. The 14th Biocycle Conference for Renewable Energy will be April 8-10 in San Diego, CA. More...  The AgSTAR National Conference will be held at the same location on April 7. More...

Antibiotics. "Antibiotic Resistance in Agroecosystem: State of the Science" will be held August 5-8, 2014 in Oracle, Arizona. More...

Waste to Worth 2015. The second Waste to Worth conference will be held March 30-April 3 at the Westin hotel in Seattle, WA. More...

Have your state/regional/national event added to this section of our newsletter. 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.

Ohio pork producer named "Environmental Steward Award" winner. They intensively manage their manure for minimum odors and maximum nutrient use. 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.