August 2012 Newsletter, Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center

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Webcast Series

Looking Ahead to the September Webcast: Waste to Worth Preview

In a departure from our normal webcast format, we are hosting an open discussion about the upcoming "Waste to Worth: Spreading Science and Solutions" conference. The purpose is to showcase some of the current topic areas and to offer an open platform for questions, discussion and idea sharing. We hope that those who are curious, interested, or even uncertain about the conference can solidify ideas and identify potential collaborators. Everyone will be on the phone line with the speakers to maximize opportunities for discussion. Connection information....

Speakers: Everyone will have a chance to be the speaker on this one! We will open with Joe Harrison, Washington State and Mark Risse, University of Georgia. They will be followed by 2-4 people that have proposed sessions for the conference and give short briefings on their ideas. Most of the time will be available for questions, ideas, and discussion.

Future Topics

October-Pathogens (source tracking and risk assessment)
November-Manure related smartphone apps (tentative)
December-April schedule is being planned right now. We are looking at biofilters, monoslope barns, and a feed nutrient management economic planner. If you have a topic and/or a speaker to suggest, send your idea to leslie.johnson@unl.edu
 

What's Going On In the LPELC?

Waste to Worth, Best Guess, Self Study Modules

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 | More...

Best Guess. Name that app! There is an app for everything....even manure. We are developing a smartphone app that can be used for spreader calibration, calculating nutrient application to a field, and estimating the economic value of the manure application. We need your help. Send us your best idea(s) for naming our new app. The winner will be recognized in next month's newsletter and with a credit on the new app (hopefully to be in the iTunes and Droid stores before our next newsletter). Email your ideas to Jill jheemstra@unl.edu, post a comment on the EnvAgLeaders Facebook page, or send to @LPELC on twitter--make sure to use the #manuremonday hashtag on Twitter. Good luck!

June/July Winner. We had one winner for our June/July "Best Guess". We asked everyone to guess the capacity and/or cost of this antique manure spreader.  Eric Barsness of South Dakota NRCS made a great guess on the cost. His submission of $395 was the closest to the range in the catalog. The base price of this spreader in 1939 was $270, and the extras for a tractor-drawn spreader could bring the price up to $350. Congratulations Eric! View the photo. The estimated capacity of the spreader was between 25 and 45 bushels (thanks to the Northeast Nebraska two-cylinder club for the information!)

Self-Study Modules. Two new learning lessons are available courtesy of the LPELC beginning farmer team. The topics of the modules are:

These modules have been approved for 1 CEU each by the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists. Members of other organizations are welcome to complete the modules, take the quiz and submit their certificate of completion to their organization for consideration of self-study CEUs. More...

Manure Value. What is manure worth? Check out this web-based manure value calculator developed by Bill Lazarus at the University of Minnesota. More...

National Resources

CAST Paper, Reducing Greenhouse Gases, Nutrient Curriculum, Climate Change, State Program Highlights

CAST Paper. The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology has released a new issue paper "Water and Land Issues Associated with Animal Agriculture: A U.S. Perspective". More...

Reducing Greenhouse Gases. A new paper published by the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University has just published a new report titled "Near-Term Options for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Livestock Systems in the United States: Beef, Dairy, and Swine Production Systems". Even though livestock is a relatively small contributor of greenhouse gases compared to other sources, they are a significant factor in methane emissions. The authors highlighted opportunities in feed and manure management and production efficiency.  More...

Nutrient Curriculum. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed outreach and education materials on nutrient pollution. The materials are developed for a wide variety of organizations and also include an FFA curriculum. The series includes posters, fact sheets, and many additional items. More....

State Program Highlights

  • Nebraska: Check out the public TV show "Modern Manure Management" produced by the University of Nebraska at the 2011 Manure Expo. More...
  • Iowa: Iowa State has developed a new publication aimed at helping dairy farmers conserve energy. More...
  • Illinois: Check out the Illinois "Manure Share" website to connect buyers and sellers. More...
  • Wisconsin: UW Extension and the DNR share advice for applying manure to cracked, dry soils. More...
  • Michigan: Michigan State Extension reminds farmers to remember that manure management should be factored into decisions to expand an animal herd. More...

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

Hot Topics

CAFO Rules, Climate & Range, Virtual Dairy Farm, Farmer Stories

CAFO Rules. The EPA has withdrawn their proposed rule for collecting information from animal feeding operations. More... Additionally, EPA has finalized a 2012 CAFO Rule that complies with a recent 5th Circuit Court Decision. The rule removed the requirement that CAFO's that "propose to discharge" must seek a permit. It also removed the voluntary certification option. More... Related LPELC Webcast on the 2008 Proposed Rule

Climate & Range. Some USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) research has shown that climate change can help some shrub-dominated deserts revert back to grassy ecosystems. More...

Virtual Dairy Farm. Weeds, manure, slugs, cows and a vegetable oil-powered tractor are all part of a unique study being conducted in Penn State. A multi-disciplinary team has created a virtual dairy farm to examine the sustainability of many different practices. The team looks at all aspects from farm energy, to crop rotations, pest management, and animal rations and production. More...

Farmer Stories. Two farmers share their experience with nutrient planning and participation on the "CLEANEast" project in a video produced by the project team. More...

Events & Announcements

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

Composting. The Ohio State University is hosting a tour "Composting in Ohio 2012: A Tour of the Industry" on August 23, 2012. More...

Digester Course. An intensive two-day training course is being held in Ohio on September 6 and 7, 2012 for those who are considering anaerobic digestion on their farm, currently involved, and those that advise others in the digester industry. 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...

Small Farm Conference. The 6th National Small Farms Conference will be held September 18-20, 2012 in Memphis, TN. More...

National Poultry Waste Symposium. Started in 1988, the National Poultry Waste Management Symposium brings technology, research, and outreach together. The conference will be held in Shreveport, LA on October 23-25, 2012. 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.

"There's an App for Crap" Some custom manure applicators go high-tech More...

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

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