July 2013 Newsletter Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center

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Webcast Series

A monoslope bedded beef barn in South DakotaLooking Ahead to July

Researchers and university specialists from South Dakota State University, USDA’s Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC), and Iowa State University Extension are wrapping up a three-year study looking at concentration and emission measurements in comparison with management techniques for mono-slope barns and will share the results of their study. More...

Future Topics

August-webcast summer vacation
September-Prediction of Phosphorus Bioavailability for Dairy Cattle
October - Water Quality Index for Agricultural Runoff
As always, you can check out the recordings of past webcast at our webcast archive and view the schedule of webcast at upcoming webcasts.

What's Going On In the LPELC?

Manure to Energy, Mortality Curriculum, Climate Course, Manure Experts

Manure to Energy. A project led by several groups in the Chesapeake Bay watershed has created a new topic area on thermal manure-to-energy technologies. The information includes an introduction to the technologies and links to resources. It will expand to house case studies, more technical information on the technologies, and information on benefits and challenges. Visit the new manure-to-energy topic...

Mortality Curriculum. Managing animal mortalities, especially the use of composting, has received increasing attention. A group working with the LPELC beginning farmer team developed materials that teachers and extension staff can use in their classrooms or programs. Check out the mortality curriculum....Related: Managing Animal MortalitiesMore educational modules for extension and teachers...

Climate Course. The LPELC climate team has developed an online course aimed toward helping educators and ag professionals learn more about climate change and the connections to animal agriculture. The course is estimated to take 12 hours and the first session will start September 3. More...

Manure Experts. You may have noticed a new link on all of our web pages-the "Manure Experts" database. This database allows you to search by location or topic and find people who can help answer your questions. If you are an expert in some area of animal agriculture and environmental stewardship there is a link toward the bottom where you add yourself to the database. More...

National Resources

COMET-FARM, Cover Crops, Drugs in Compost, Nutrient Management, SBIR Funding

COMET-FARM. USDA has announced a new "Carbon Management and Evaluation Tool", freely available online, to help farmers and ranchers calculate how much carbon conservation activities will remove from the atmosphere. The tool includes crop, livestock, and energy use. More...

Cover Crops. The use of cover crops has been promoted as a way to reduce soil erosion and nutrient losses from fields during winter and early spring months. The North Central SARE program and the Conservation Technology Innovation Center jointly released a survey of 750+ farmers that utilized cover crops. Twenty-eight percent of the respondents reported using manure application in addition to cover crops. The survey reported an increase in crop yields, even in drought-affected areas and also summarized the benefits and challenges reported by the farmers. More...  Related: Archived webinar on manure nutrients, cover crops and slurry seeding.

Drugs in Compost. The Cornell Waste Management Institute (CWMI) has released a new publication on the "Fate of Barbiturates and Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs During Carcass Composting". It was published in Trends in Animal & Veterinary Sciences Journal. 4(1):1-12. 2013. More... Related: W2W proceedings paper on this topic by Jean Bonhotal of CWMI. More...

Nutrient Management. The Leopold Center at Iowa State University has gathered their nutrient management related research and resources into a single website, "Managing Nutrients". More...

SBIR Funding. Small business with great ideas for technology to protect natural resources can apply to the USDA Small Business Innovation Research program. The deadline is September 26. More...

State Program Highlights

  • Washington: Washington State University has released a video "Anaerobic Digestion: Beyond Waste Management" which highlights the benefits of this technology beyond that of a manure management sytem. More... | Related: Introduction to biogas and anaerobic digestion

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

Hot Topics

Resistant Bacteria, Technology Is Good, Asphalt from Manure, Tradeoffs

a typical swine manure lagoonResistant Bacteria. A study recently released by Johns Hopkins University found that farm workers on 'industrial' farms carried drug-resistant staph bacteria in their noses while those at antibiotic-free farms did not. This study was conducted in North Carolina. More.... | Related LPELC pathogens site

Technology Is Good. An article recently published in "Animal Frontiers" looks at several studies utilizing biotechnology such as, rBST, ionophores, hormone implants, and others. The conclusion is that technology has allowed animal agriculture to greatly reduce its environmental impacts while maintaining (and increasing) production. More...  | Related LPELC webcasts on "Clearing the Air" and "Carbon Footprint of Animal Ag"

Asphalt from Manure. A North Carolina company recently won awards for their idea to create asphalt using pig manure as one of the main ingredients. More...

Tradeoffs. This is not directly related to our normal topics, but it was a nice story about how natural resource managers have to be prepared to make tradeoffs. Management decisions that are positive in one context can end up being negative in others. "Saving One Species At the Expense of Another" from National Public Radio. More...

Events & Announcements

ASABE Conference.  The annual international meeting of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers will be held July 21-24, 2013 - Kansas City, Missouri. More...

Manure Science Review. The annual "Manure Science Review" will feature the poultry litter subsurfer injector and include other topics such as assessing nitrogen on growing crops and how to get the most value from manure. August 6 near Bucyrus, Ohio. More...

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.

Man builds a custom car from a manure spreader. More...

Airbus could fuel planes with cow poo. More...

Toronto Zoo will turn manure into electricity. More...

British farmer looks to add value to poultry manure by drying it. More... Includes a slideshow of the dryer technology.

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