December 2014 Newsletter Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center

Animal Manure Management December 12, 2014 Print Friendly and PDF

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Webcast Series

Webcast Today: Engaging Youth in Manure Management Activities

young farmers and ag professionals discussing environmental issues at national young farmers meetingYouth are an important audience for manure management professionals they are the next generation of producers, consumers, and scientists. This webinar will share ideas and activities that have been used with youth across the country on manure, air quality, and sustainability. More.... December 12, 2014

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Future Topics

January - mobile manure apps
February - air quality topic (tentative)
March - no webcast due to Waste to Worth preparations
If you have a suggestion for a topic or speaker, fill out the webcast suggestion form.
As always, you can check out the recordings of past webcast at our webcast archive and view the schedule at upcoming webcasts.

What's Going On In the LPELC?

Waste to Worth: Spreading science and solutions logoWaste to Worth.  Registration is open!  Abstract reviews are underway and authors will be notified within the next week or so if their presentation is accepted. A draft program will be available shortly after that. The conference is also looking for vendors and sponsors. Waste to Worth will be held in beautiful downtown Seattle within walking distance of the Space Needle, Waterfront, and public transit.


Featured Video:

A professional manure applicator perspective on winter manure application

Around the "Horns"

A topic-by-topic look at animal ag & stewardship

Manure to Energy. The EPA AgSTAR program has launched a new mapping tool. The layers not only include information on current anaerobic digester projects, but also information on investments, methane emissions, and more. More...

Soil.  It is difficult to overstate the importance of soils for the role in food production and human existence. With that in mind, 2015 is being designated at the international "Year of Soils". More... NRCS is hosting a webinar on January 13 to showcase a literature review project. More...  Related: archived webcast on "The Soil Health Paradigm"

Biosecurity & PEDv. Summer temperatures usually bring a welcome drop in PEDv spread as the virus is susceptible to heat. Producers and manure applicators have done an admirable job in implementing biosecurity procedures that have arrested the spread of the virus. Wisconsin researchers warn that this vigilance must be maintained to prevent a flare-up since colder weather is here.

Nutrient Management. We have reported on this research before, but it is worth repeating. Strips of perennial vegetation within crop fields reduced nutrient runoff. A nice Q&A with the researcher behind the project. More... | Related: Manure Nutrient Management

Climate Change. Heat stress is a big discussion point, especially when looking at livestock production and expected increase in heat events due to climate changes. One University of Minnesota researcher discusses the challenges of doing field research and also in figuring out if a new technology if going to pay off in the future. More...

Financial Assistance. The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) network released a guide to federal assistance programs for farms. More... The US EPA Environmental Education grant program is now accepting applications. More...

manure spread on a field in winterWinter Manure Spreading.

  • Ohio lawmakers seem set to ban winter manure spreading in a watershed near Lake Erie. The move is being prompted by a toxic algae bloom that left the city of Toledo without water for an extended period of time this past summer. More...
  • Iowa State Extension is also telling farmers to closely monitor conditions to be sure manure is applied in a low-risk way before winter. More...
  • Farmers in Wisconsin are being encouraged to plan ahead for manure application this fall and to utilize the Manure Advisory System. Related: archived webcast on planning for winter manure spreading

Water Quality. A success story in Oklahoma where changes in grazing and cropping practices reduced sedimentation and turbidity in one creek. More...

Manure Storage. Foaming manure pits have plagued swine producers in the Midwest for several years. The University of Minnesota and USDA Agricultural Research Service studies the effects of diet and particle size on the capacity for foaming. The diets studied were a typical corn and soy, a corn/soy diet with distillers grains, and a corn/soy diet with soybean hulls. They found that larger particle sizes and the presence of soy hulls led to greater potential for manure foaming. More...

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Events & Announcements

Midwest Manure Summit. Will be held February 24-25, 2015 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. 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...

ASABE Climate Change. The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers will be hosting their first Climate Change Symposium - Mitigation and Adaptation.will be held in Chicago in May, 2015.

Brazil Symposium. Rio deJaneiro, Brazil will be home to the IV International Symposium on Agricultural and Agroindustrial Waste Management - IV SIGERA May 5-7, 2015.  More...

Manure Expo. The next North American Manure Expo will be held in Chambersburg, PA on July 14-15, 2015. Watch the Facebook page for updates as it gets closer.

Dairy Environmental Conference. Cornell University is hosting a Dairy Environmental Systems and Climate Adaptation Conference July 29-31, 2015 in Ithaca, New York. The conference will include tours and educational sessions.

BioCycle West Coast. The conference will be held August 13-16 in Portland, OR and is focused on organic waste recycling. More... | Call for papers is open until December 31, 2014. More...

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Manure In the News

A look at animal agriculture and manure in the news; serious, funny or controversial. We don't endorse this stuff, we just think you should know about it.

Almost every day I read about a new manure compost business, but this one deserved mention for creativity. "New North Dakota business turns bison manure into bison compost" More...


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