Environment http://nationalhogfarmer.com/taxonomy/term/6595/more en EPA Administrator Says Water Rule is Intended to Provide Clarity for Farmers http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environment/epa-administrator-says-water-rule-intended-provide-clarity-farmers <div class="field-byline"> Source: Feedstuffs </div> <div class="node-body article-body">According to Feedstuffs, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy says the newly proposed waters of the U.S. rule is meant to provide clarity and certainty for farmers to do what they do, which is farm. McCarthy made the statement during a presentation at the North American Agricultural Journalists conference earlier this week. McCarthy's statement comes as agricultural groups are expressing growing concern about the implications of the rule.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environment/epa-administrator-says-water-rule-intended-provide-clarity-farmers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environment/epa-administrator-says-water-rule-intended-provide-clarity-farmers#comments Environment Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:46:00 +0000 47081 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Iowa State University Researchers Use New Way to Measure Nitrate in Soil http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environment/iowa-state-university-researchers-use-new-way-measure-nitrate-soil <div class="field-byline"> Source: Iowa State University </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A team of Iowa State University scientists have measured nitrate in soil with a unique infrared sensor system, opening the possibility of determining the level of this vital nutrient in real time as fertilizer is being applied to fields. The team used a technology, invented at Ames Laboratory, called transient infrared spectroscopy (TIRS) to measure nitrate in soil and then compared those values to ones obtained using traditional soil testing. TIRS works by measuring light emissions in the infrared spectrum after hot air is applied to the surface of the moving soil. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environment/iowa-state-university-researchers-use-new-way-measure-nitrate-soil" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environment/iowa-state-university-researchers-use-new-way-measure-nitrate-soil#comments Environment Manure Management Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:25:00 +0000 47071 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com <p>The&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13px;">transient infrared spectroscopy (</span><span style="font-size: 13px;">TIRS) soil analysis in the laboratory starts with the spinning dish (foreground) with a soil sample spread out along its rim. A nozzle (in the middle of the photo) directs a stream of hot air onto the soil as it spins past making the soil&nbsp;glow in the infrared. The small box above where the hot air stream strikes the soil contains a mirror that directs this infrared light into the spectrometer for analysis. The spectrum of the infrared glow is displayed on the computer monitor&nbsp;at the far right.</span></p> Photo courtesy of Iowa State University. New Software Helps Farmers Manage Nutrients http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environment/new-software-helps-farmers-manage-nutrients <div class="field-byline"> Source: University of Missouri </div> <div class="node-body article-body">University of Missouri Extension is releasing a new web-based application to help farmers manage soil nutrient needs on farms.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environment/new-software-helps-farmers-manage-nutrients" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environment/new-software-helps-farmers-manage-nutrients#comments Environment Food Animal Report Manure Management Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:47:00 +0000 47061 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Committee Extends Biodiesel Tax Credit http://nationalhogfarmer.com/business/committee-extends-biodiesel-tax-credit <div class="node-body article-body">Last week the Senate Finance Committee passed legislation to extend various tax credits (tax extenders) that have expired.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/business/committee-extends-biodiesel-tax-credit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/business/committee-extends-biodiesel-tax-credit#comments Business Environment Legislative Preview Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:45:00 +0000 46901 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Take Steps to Prevent Spreading PEDV When Hauling Manure http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environment/take-steps-prevent-spreading-pedv-when-hauling-manure <div class="field-byline"> Source: South Dakota State University </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The presence of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDV) requires pork producers, manure haulers and land owners to cooperatively work together to reduce the risk of disease spread during the manure application season, explained Erin Cortus, Assistant Professor & South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Environmental Quality Engineer.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environment/take-steps-prevent-spreading-pedv-when-hauling-manure" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environment/take-steps-prevent-spreading-pedv-when-hauling-manure#comments Environment Food Animal Report Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:05:00 +0000 46871 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Bill Limits EPA from Releasing Private Information http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environment/bill-limits-epa-releasing-private-information <div class="field-byline"> Source: National Cattlemen&#039;s Beef Association </div> <div class="node-body article-body">United States Reps. Rick Crawford (R-Ark.), Lee Terry (R-Neb.), Mike McIntyre (D-NC) and Jim Costa (D-Cal.) recently introduced legislation to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from disclosing the private and confidential information of livestock and poultry producers to the public. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environment/bill-limits-epa-releasing-private-information" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environment/bill-limits-epa-releasing-private-information#comments Environment Manure Management Fri, 14 Mar 2014 03:39:00 +0000 46251 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Organic Farmers can Seek Nutrient Management Help http://nationalhogfarmer.com/business/organic-farmers-can-seek-nutrient-management-help <div class="field-byline"> Source: Oregon Tilth </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A recently released publication, Nutrient Management Plan (590) for Organic Systems: Western State Implementation Guide, describes the different steps an individial needs to take to develop a nutrient management plan for organic operations. Those steps include determing crop nutrient needs, credit sources of nutrients in the farming system, evaluate the risks of nutrients leaving the field, and finally calculate the appropriate nutrient application rate. Part of a five-guide series, this resource will enable the Federal Environmental Quality Incentives (EQIP) Program, especially the EQIP Organic Initiative, to be more responsive to and valuable for organic farmers. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/business/organic-farmers-can-seek-nutrient-management-help" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/business/organic-farmers-can-seek-nutrient-management-help#comments Business Environment Thu, 13 Mar 2014 19:20:00 +0000 46231 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com USDA Announces Grants that will Help Communities to Meet Possible Water Problems in Coming Years http://nationalhogfarmer.com/business/usda-announces-grants-will-help-communities-meet-possible-water-problems-coming-years <div class="field-byline"> Source: The United States Department of Agriculture </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that the United States Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) will make $6 million in grants available this year, and up to $30 million total over the next five years as a part of a new initiative that helps provide solutions to agricultural water challenges. The grants will be used to develop management practices, as well as technologies and tools for farmers, ranchers, forest owners and citizens to improve water resource quantity and quality. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/business/usda-announces-grants-will-help-communities-meet-possible-water-problems-coming-years" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/business/usda-announces-grants-will-help-communities-meet-possible-water-problems-coming-years#comments Business Environment Thu, 13 Mar 2014 18:48:00 +0000 46211 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Pork Producers Receive Environmental Stewards Award Recognition http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environment/pork-producers-receive-environmental-stewards-award-recognition <div class="field-byline"> Source: Pork Checkoff </div> <div class="node-body gallery-body">Four farms were honored as recipients of the Pork Industry Environmental Stewards Award at the annual National Pork Industry Forum in Kansas City, MO, last week. The award, now in its 20th year, recognizes producers who demonstrate a firm commitment to safeguarding the environment and to serving their local communities.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environment/pork-producers-receive-environmental-stewards-award-recognition" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environment/pork-producers-receive-environmental-stewards-award-recognition#comments Environment Environmental Stewardship Award Manure Nutrient Management Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:32:00 +0000 46051 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com <p>The Circle Four Farms Blue Mountain site 42304 was recognized as one of four Pork Industry Environmental Stewards Award-winning operations during the National Pork Industry Forum.</p> South Dakota Environmental Training Session Scheduled for Feb. 25 http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environment/south-dakota-environmental-training-session-scheduled-feb-25 <div class="field-byline"> Source: South Dakota State University </div> <div class="node-body article-body">An environmental training session for operators of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, or CAFOs, is set for Feb. 25, 2014 in Huron, SD. Specialists from South Dakota State University and SDSU Extension, the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service are offering the training.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environment/south-dakota-environmental-training-session-scheduled-feb-25" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/environment/south-dakota-environmental-training-session-scheduled-feb-25#comments Environment Manure Management Fri, 14 Feb 2014 04:16:00 +0000 45411 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com