February 2017 Newsletter Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center

Animal Manure Management February 09, 2017 Print Friendly and PDF

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Looking Ahead to February: Composting Catastrophic Avian Influenza Mortalities

February's webinar builds on a previous presentation and will outline mortality management options during an animal disease outbreak and highlight the composting methodology implemented on poultry operations during the HPAI outbreak, as well as the successes, challenges and lessons learned. More... February 17, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. (central); 2:30 (eastern); 12:30 (mountain); 11:30 am (pacific).

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Introduction to the Manure and Soil Health Project (MaSH)

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  • Upcoming webcasts: Look for future presentations on sustainability, nitrates in groundwater, Waste to Worth highlights, sidedress manure research and more. Have an idea? Fill out the webcast suggestion form
  • Miss a webcast? Never fear, find past episodes at our webcast archive.

What's Going On In the LPELC?

Waste to Worth. Registration is open!! The 2017 Waste to Worth conference is being held in Raleigh, North Carolina April 18-21, 2017. Day One will include a mortality workshop and tours and the rest of the conference will include keynotes, posters, and oral presentations. Plan to be there! Visit the conference website... | Proceedings from 2013 (Denver) and 2015 (Seattle)

Soil Health. The LPELC is co-sponsoring (with the North Central Region Water Network being the primary sponsor) a series of roundtable discussions on manure and soil health. The first of these weekly webinars will be held February 9, 2017 and will focus on soil health testing. Learn more about this series...

Around the Horns

Animal Welfare. The ASPCA and the University of Vermont Law School have partnered to develop a guide for farmers to compare and understand three popular animal welfare certification programs. The programs included are Animal Welfare Approved, Certified Humane, and Global Animal Partnership. Read more... | Download the guide... (PDF format)

young farmers and ag professionals discussing environmental issues at national young farmers meetingCommunication

  • The North Central Region Water Network is sponsoring a webinar on "Communicating Conservation". The speakers are Michael Dahlstrom (Iowa State) and Kristin Runge (University of Wisconsin) and they will discuss storytelling and using frames for effective communication. February 15, 2017 at 2:00 pm CST. Read more or register...
  • Complex problems require many people working together to negotiate the best strategy. The same is true of manure management issues facing many areas of the country. The University of Wisconsin is leading an effort to develop decision-making frameworks to tackle manure management. Learn more...

Policy & Regulations

solid manure spreadingCalibration. Iowa State University researchers provide some reasons and advice for calibrating liquid manure applicators. Achieving uniform manure and nutrient distribution also involves attention to manure density, as well as equipment settings and configuration. Read more...

Manure Management

  • Iowa State University's monthly newsletter from the manure management action group includes information on biosecurity, odors, manure injection and more. Read the newsletter...
  • The Manitoba Livestock Manure Management Initiative has released videos about three strategies they used for manure removal from two-cell manure holding ponds. A link to the final report is also included. Summary and video links... | Final report and project details...

Water Quality. An Arkansas hog farm was the subject of a recent study because of concerns about its location and potential for pollution to reach the Buffalo National River. A drilling study was interpreted to show no evidence of leakage from the farm's manure holding pond. News release... | Executive Summary and responses (PDF format)

Organic Livestock. The US Department of Agriculture has released the final rule regarding organic livestock and poultry production. The rule largely reflects changes related to animal welfare. News release... | Read the final rule...

Grazing Livestock. Selecting for cattle that climb hills could improve the management of rangeland, according to a group of researchers in the western U.S. Read more...

Events & Announcements

Soil Health. Iowa State University is hosting the 2017 Soil Health Conference, "Building Soil Health for Healthy Environment and Farm Profitability". February 16-17, 2017 in Ames, Iowa. More...

Midwest Manure. The biannual Midwest Manure Summit is being held February 22-23, 2017 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. More...

Waste to Worth. The 3rd Waste to Worth conference will be held on April 18-21, 2017 in Raleigh, NC. The focus is on animal agriculture and stewardship topics from nutrient management, climate change, small farms, treatment technologies, and much more. Conference Website

Manure Expo. The next Manure Expo will be held in Arlington, WI on August 22-23, 2017. More...

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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.

Elementary students design a robotic chicken coop that spreads manure across household compost pile. More...

"Does It Fart? Scientists Want to Know Which Animals Pass Gas" More...


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