March 2013 Newsletter Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center

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Webcast Series

Looking Ahead to April: "LIVE! from Waste to Worth"

Join us April 3-5 throughout the day for a peek into the activities at "Waste to Worth: Spreading Science and Solutions". We will broadcast the keynote and luncheon speakers as well as selected breakouts throughout the conference. Check the website for a complete schedule at W2W Live Webcast Central.


Future Topics

May-Monoslope Beef Barns
June-Soil Carbon Sequestration (tentative)
July-Results of Monoslope Beef Barn Air Quality Research
September-Prediction of Phosphorus Bioavailability for Dairy Cattle
As always, you can check out the recordings of past webcast at our webcast archive and view the schedule of webcast at upcoming webcasts.

Waste to Worth is accepting poster abstracts  until the hall is filled. (15 spots left)
Submit a Poster

Ron Sheffield memorial student poster competition

What's Going On In the LPELC?

Air Quality

Air Quality I. Two new sets of curriculum materials on air quality measurement are now available. These materials were developed or educators to use in classrooms or extension programs. Evaluating Air Quality in Animal Housing Environments introduces the principles and instruments involved in measuring air quality in animal feeding operations. Odor Measurement in Animal Agriculture includes a fact sheet and archived webinar segment. Related: LPELC Air Quality in Animal Agriculture

Air Quality II. A series of videos and a decision tool produced by the University of Minnesota have recently been added to the LPELC air quality website. Check out Resources for Policy Makers | Health Impacts of Air Emissions | Biofilters and Manure Covers | Odors/Neighbors and Setbacks. The decision tool is designed to assess the costs of various air treatment technologies (scrubbers, biofilters, covers, digesters, manure belts, etc.) to assist in making the most economical decisions. Feedlot Air Treatment Cost Calculator is a spreadsheet and includes four video tutorials.

National Resources

Manure Injection, Climate Change, Traceability, Antibiotics, Dairy Forage, Organic Fact Sheet

Manure Injection. A new Virginia Tech publication discusses manure injection in no-till and pasture systems. The publication features a multi-state author team and discusses equipment types and residue, sediment, phosphorus and nitrogen losses, and odors, economics and carbon. More... | Related: Two of these authors were featured in an LPELC webcast "Manure Application in No-Till"

Climate Change. The USDA Office of the Chief Economist has released a new report on climate change and agriculture. Specifically the report focuses on effects and adaptation with a view to what the consequences will be over the next 25-100 years. More... Related: LPELC Climate Change and Animal Agriculture

Traceability. The USDA Animal and Plant Health and Inspection Service (APHIS) has finalized a rule for the traceability of livestock moved between states. This rule establishes minimum national identification and documentation standards for tracking livestock moved across state lines. More...

Antibiotics. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a summary report on the antimicrobial drugs sold or distributed for use in food-producing animals. The two largest groups were tetracyclines at 5.6 million kg and ionophres at 4.1 million kg. More...

Dairy Forage. The USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program recently released a fact sheet on a continuous-cover dairy forage system and its impacts on soil health, profitability, and farm resiliency (flexibility). More...

Organic Fact Sheet. The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service has released a fact sheet clarifying requirements for livestock to be certified organic. This fact sheet especially focuses on the ruminant pasture standards. More...

State Program Highlights

  • North Dakota:The North Dakota Livestock Environmental Management program has released two new publication on spraying pond effluent and the value of livestock manure fertilizer. More...
  • Oklahoma: Oklahoma State University as released the latest issue of "Poultry Practices". This issue includes: the economic Impact of Oklahoma’s Animal Production Industries,Alternative Energy Sources for Poultry Houses, Litter Beetle Management, and Poultry Litter Value. More...
  • Kentucky: A nice blog post by a UK ag agent reminding us to sample and test manure. More...
  • Iowa: A column by an ISU faculty member says that manure can be the difference between profit and loss. More...
  • Pennsylvania: New rules say that all Pennsylvania operations, regardless of size, need to have a manure management plan. More...
  • Virginia: Virginia Tech is researching the water quality and nutrient runoff losses of an ultra-intensive grazing method know as "mob" grazing. More...

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

Hot Topics

Grazing Animals, Manure Spills, Ag Apps, Studying Manure

Studying Manure. The USDA ARS has been conducting research on the types of microbes found in manure of cattle. As you would expect, they discovered that similar animals fed the same diets did not all have the same types of microbes. The research continued by studying bacteria transport from fields amended with manure from cattle fed different diets. They discovered very little difference due to diet. They also studied the impacts of application rate (applying 1, 2 or 4 years of manure nutrients in one pass) and found that higher application rates increased the nitrogen and phosphorus load in runoff water. For even more on this research....

Manure Spills. USDA Agricultural Research Service is studying the effects of manure spills on stream sediments. This looks past the immediate effects of spills and examines the long-term release of phosphorus that is captured in bottom sediments and released over time. Their results showed that alum can mitigate some of the phosphorus release from sediment after a spill. More...

Ag Apps. Have you ever wished that someone would make a list of agriculture-related apps? Your wish has been answered. Texas A&M has developed a mobile apps catalog. The site includes a 'suggestion box' where you can submit additional apps for consideration. More...

Grazing Animals. Intensification is often discussed relative to confined animal production. A growing group of producers with grazing livestock are also embracing intensive management--through grazing practices. This video of grazing guru Allan Savory argues that livestock will be necessary to prevent widespread environmental disaster. This video is part of the popular TED talks series. More...

Events & Announcements

Climate Smart. The University of California-Davis will be hosting the Climate-Smart Agriculture Global Science Conference March 20-22, 2013. More...

Dairy Air Quality. The Western States Dairy Producers Trade Association invites you to attend the 2013 Western Dairy Air Quality Symposium in Boise on April 16-17. More...

AgSTAR Conference. The call for abstracts is out for the 7th annual National AgSTAR conference focused on anaerobic digestion and biogas recovery. Submission instructions and conference links are on the LPELC calendar of events. The conference will be held in June, 2013. More...

ASABE Conference. The call for papers for the 2013 ASABE Annual International Meeting is open. Those interested in submitting an abstract for a technical or poster presentation can submit at   http://asabe2013.abstractcentral.com (Submission deadline is December 13, 2012). The meeting will be held July 21-24, 2013 - Kansas City, Missouri.

Manure Expo. The North American Manure Expo will be held "up north" this year as the University of Guelph will host the Expo on August 21, 2013 near London, Ontario, Canada. To keep up with more information on the Expo check out the website or Facebook page.

Have your state/regional/national event added to this section of our newsletter. 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.

NPR's food blog, The Salt, reports that "Pig Manure Reveals More Reason to Worry About Antibiotics" More...

"Fair Oaks Dairy Opens Manure-Gas Station for Trucks" More...

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