September 2012 Newsletter Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center

Animal Manure Management September 10, 2012 Print Friendly and PDF

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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. Flyer...

Speakers: Everyone will have a chance to be the speaker on this one! We have asked Natalie Rector, Michigan State, April Leytem, USDA ARS, Jay Ham, Colorado State, Mike Daniels, University of Arkansas, and Crystal Powers, University of Nebraska to talk about their ideas. Joe Harrison, Washington State and Mark Risse, University of Georgia will moderate. 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)
January-managing risk when spreading manure in winter (tentative)
April-LIVE from Waste to Worth
If you have a topic and/or a speaker to suggest, send your idea to

The abstract submission deadline for Waste to Worth has been extended until November 16, 2012 for oral presentations. Posters will be accepted until the hall is filled.

What's Going On In the LPELC?

Extended Abstract Call, Best Guess, Self Study Modules

Extended Abstract Call. The call for abstracts for the "Waste to Worth: Spreading Science and Solutions" conference has been extended to November 16, 2012. Poster abstracts will be accepted until the hall is full. Conference Website  | Submit an Abstract | More...

Best Guess. Name that app! The winner for our app name is Leslie Johnson, University of Nebraska who submitted "Manure Monitor". Congratulations Leslie!

National Resources

AgSTAR Digest, State Program Highlights

AgSTAR Digest. The September issue of the EPA AgSTAR digest is online. If you are interested in the latest and greatest biogas and/or anaerobic digester news, check out this newsletter. More...

State Program Highlights

  • Ohio: At the recent "Manure Science Review" the host farmer was interviewed and the resulting audio is a nice summary of the benefits of using management and technology to manage manure. More...

Have a state project or program you would like to see in this section? Email the details to

Hot Topics

Great Lakes, CIG Grants, SARE Grants, Value-Added Grant

Great Lakes. The U.S. and Canada have signed an amended Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. Previously, the agreement included algal blooms and toxic chemicals. The new agreement also addresses invasive aquatic species and climate change. More...

CIG Grants. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has released a call for proposals for its Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program. This call focuses on adapting to drought. More...

SARE Grants. The annual Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program call for farmer grants are now open. The application process and deadline varies by region. The farmer and rancher grants are generally aimed at helping farmers experiment with sustainable practices or solutions. North Central | Northeast | Southern | Western. Additionally, the youth educator grants in the North Central Region are currently open. Check out the entire list of SARE grant programs.

Value-Added Grant. The USDA Rural Development program is offering grant funding aimed at assisting farmers and ranchers in processing or marketing a value-added bio-based product. The goal of the program is to create new products and markets, and to increase producer income. More...

Events & Announcements

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

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 drought has made it difficult to find enough raw material for annual "cow-chip" throwing contests. More...


If you have any questions about this newsletter, please contact Jill Heemstra

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