July 2012 Newsletter Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center

Animal Manure Management July 10, 2012|Print

Webcast Series

Looking Ahead to the July Webcast: Life Cycle Assessment Modeling for the Pork Industry

The July 20 webcast will take a look at a project that aims to refine and improve an existing model that calculates the carbon footprint of pork production. How does increased efficiency affect the carbon footprint of pork? What are some of the factors being researched for the model? What tools are/will be available to farmers? Join us on July 20 at 2:30 pm (eastern) for an informative webinar on one of the hottest topics in animal agriculture today.  More...

Speakers are: Marty Matlock, University of Arkansas; Brian Richert and Scott Radcliffe, Purdue University. Karl Vandevender, University of Arkansas will moderate.

Future Topics

August 10-Phosphorus Bioavailability in Dairy Cattle
September-TBA
October-Pathogens (source tracking and risk assessment)

What's Going On In the LPELC?

Waste to Worth, Best Guess

Waste to Worth. The call for abstracts is now open for the "Waste to Worth: Spreading Science and Solutions" conference to be held April 1-5, 2013 in Denver, CO. Conference Website  | Submit an Abstract

Best Guess. We are holding over our May contest--what did this antique manure spreader cost new?  For July, I am going to add a Part B to the contest. What is the capacity of this spreader (in bushels)?  If you have a best guess for either question, post it in the comments section or email it to Jill. View the photo.

National Resources

LGU Organic Report Cards, ASABE Odor Standard, SBIR, Water Proceedings, USGS Water, Rural Development, State Program Highlights

LGU Organic Report Cards. The Organic Farming Research Foundation has released a "scorecard" examining which of the nation's land grant universities (LGUs) offers the most significant education and outreach in organic farming. This report appears to focus mostly on organic plant production, but given the growth shown in that area in the past decade, it will be interesting to see if a future report factors organic animal production into the mix. Six LGUs scored a perfect "8" out of "8". Click the link to find out which ones made the grade. More...

ASABE Odor Standard. The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers has revised the Manure Odor Management Standard. More...

SBIR. Got a great idea? The USDA is requesting proposals for the Small Business Innovation Research program. In the past, many promising manure management technologies have been funded through this program. The 2013 Phase I priority areas are: Energy efficiency, alternative and renewable energy, and ag-related manufacturing technology. More...

Water Proceedings. The proceedings of the 2012 National Land Grant Sea Grant Water Quality Conference are now online. More...

USGS Water. The National Water Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA) of the US Geological Survey (USGS) has posted its quarterly program highlights. Of special interest to our audience may be the regional assessments of nutrient sources and transport to streams, resevoirs, and estuaries. More...

Rural Development. We often talk about the importance of farms in the rural economy. The USDA Economic Research Service examined five activities that can be considered farm businesses related to rural development (organic production, value-added agriculture, agritourism, direct-marketing, and renewable energy). ERS correlated those with farm income, size, geography, net worth as well as factors like education and internet access. Farms in direct marketing tended to be smaller and have lower household incomes and total net worth. Farms producing electricity tended to have the highest total household incomes.  More...

State Program Highlights

  • Wisconsin: Farmers are being warned about the dangers of spreading manure on dry, cracked soils. More...
  • New York: The Cornell small dairy farms team has released several new resources including one on deep pack barns. More...
  • Iowa: The Iowa Manure Management Action Group (IMMAG) has released a new publication for small beef open lot producers. More...
  • Nebraska: UNL Extension has released an irrigation home study (online) course. Continuing education credits are available. This course may interest certified crop advisors and livestock producers that irrigate using water from liquid manure storage. More...
  • Pennsylvania: The Penn State dairy team has developed several new tools for certified feed management planners. More...
  • North Dakota: The NDSU nutrient management team has redesigned their website to improve navigation and access to resources. More...
  • Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska: Pit foaming continues to perplex researchers. More...
  • Indiana: Purdue University offers updates on Indiana's new confined feeding operation rules. More...
  • Michigan: Michigan State University offers safety guidelines when pumping manure. More... and reports that manure application coupled with cover crops works well. More...

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

Hot Topics

CERCLA, Ethanol & Antibiotics, Nutrient Trading, Algae as Feed, New Manure Bacterium, Carbon Credits, Dutch Antibiotics, Wastewater Estrogen

CERCLA. Is manure a hazardous material? That is the question currently being debated in Congress. In 2008, EPA finalized a rule exempting agriculture from the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), commonly known as Superfund. After legal challenges, EPA voluntarily remanded the rule for reconsideration. Congress has now proposed a law to exempt manure and held hearings in late June on the proposed legislation. As expected, ag organizations are generally in favor of passing this law. See articles by the Pork Network and National Cattlemen. Environmental groups are generally opposed. See FAQs by the Waterkeeper Alliance.

Ethanol & Antibiotics. The Institute for Agricultural Trade and Policy (IATP) recently released a report "Bugs in the System" which is critical of the ethanol industry practice of adding antibiotics to the fermentation vats. The antibiotics subsequently can be detected in the by-product distillers grains which are fed to livestock and poultry. More...

Nutrient Trading. A new study is encouraging in regards to the potential for nutrient trading in the Chesapeake Bay. More...

Algae as Feed. Texas researchers are studying whether algae (used for renewable energy production) make a good cattle feed. Results to date show promise as a feed and future work will examine the economics and animal performance in feedlot and grazing settings. More....

New Manure Bacterium. USDA Ag Research Service scientists have isolated a, previously unknown, strain of hyper ammonia-producing bacteria from a swine manure lagoon. Scientists hope to learn more about ammonia production by this species in order to better identify ways to control the emission of this gas. More... | Journal abstract

Carbon Credits. The Climate Action Reserve has developed a draft nitrogen management protocol for awarding carbon credits to farms that improve their nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) through practices such as cover crops, reduced application, and others. Manure application, by itself, does not qualify as a practice that reduces nitrous oxide emissions. More...

Grass Fed Better. In the ongoing debate over which type of beef production system is more environmentally friendly, the National Trust in the United Kingdom released a study supporting grass fed beef. Summary | Full Report

Dutch Antibiotics. Antibiotic use by the Dutch animal agriculture industry has dropped by 32% compared to 2009. This exceeds the goal set by the Dutch government for that time period. More...

Wastewater Estrogen. An Illinois study found that the anaerobic conditions in most dairy wastewater storage lagoons prevents estrogenic compounds from degrading. The persistence of these compounds raises potential concerns for the spread of these in the environment and effects on aquatic environments. Journal abstract

Events & Announcements

Compost Tour. The Western New York compost facility tour and workshop will be held August 2 and 3 in Batavia, NY. More...

Manure Expo. The North American Manure Expo will be held in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin on August 22, 2012. More...

CNMP Course. The University of Illinois is offering a CNMP development course starting September 11, 2012. This is modeled after the courses that used to be offered through Iowa State for technical service providers. More...

Brazil Symposium. International Symposium on Agricultural and Agroindustrial Waste Management. March 12-14 in Sao Pedro, Brazil. Paper submissions are due by September 28, 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.

The recent uproar over EPA flyovers of farms has made the news in many places. Here is a sampling from MSNBC | NPR | CBS

Forbes Magazine lists agricultural engineering as one of its top majors for the class of 2022. More...

A father and two of his teenage sons died in an accident related to the liquid manure storage on a Maryland farm. More...

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If you have any questions about this newsletter, please contact Jill Heemstra jheemstra@unl.edu

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