Educational Modules: Building Environmental Leaders in Animal Agriculture (BELAA)

Animal Manure Management March 28, 2013|Print
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These modules can be used for self-study but also include instructional materials (presentation slides, handouts, quizzes, other activities) that can be utilized by teachers or extension staff/faculty in their programs.

National Ag Education Standards

  • BELAA-AFNR Alignment Matrix (a guide to all of the modules developed in this project and the areas where they align with the Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources career cluster content standards)

Modules

To be released soon (first half of 2013):

  • Composting manure
  • Water Quality 101

Self-Study Units

These following self-study units were primarily developed for the Environmental Leaders Award Program. However, anyone is welcome to complete them and request a certificate of completion.

Whole Farm Nutrient Balance

For most of the U.S. livestock (and poultry) industry, nutrients in manure represent the single largest threat to water quality. Thus, choices made relative to the management of nutrients within a livestock or poultry operation are absolutely critical to protecting water quality. This lesson discusses the concept of "whole farm" nutrient balance as an indicator of potential risks a particular operation can pose in contributing to excess release of nutrients to water.

It is estimated that this module will require one hour to read and complete the quiz.

Step 1. Download Lesson 2: Whole Farm Nutrient Balance (PDF file; 34 pages)
Step 2. Take the quiz. This is a 10-question, multiple-choice quiz. If you score at least 7 out of 10, you will receive a certificate of completion by email.

Manure Spills and Emergency Planning

The topics covered in these five short videos are: causes and case studies of spills, considerations for solid manure, and simple steps and technologies to prevent spills. Each of the speaker's presentation slides are available for download as notes.

It is estimated that this module will require 75-80 minutes to watch and complete the quiz.

Step 1. View the presentations at Manure_Spills_and_Emergency_Planning. (It is recommended that you download and print the presentation slides for each of the four presenters). You can watch each individual segment separately or use the "view entire presentation" link toward the bottom of the page.
Step 2. Take the quiz. This is a 10-question, multiple-choice quiz. If you score at least 7 out of 10, you will receive a certificate of completion by email.