While rare, even a few reports of flash fires and explosions occurring in hog barns serve as a reminder that safety is critical whenever liquid manure is being agitated and pumped from a holding pit....More
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....More
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....More
Agricultural producers throughout the U.S. are invited to attend a free, live broadcast of the February 18th National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health. Producers can join the conversation at one of more than 200 Cover Crops and Soil Health Forums to be hosted nationwide by the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and Cooperative Extension offices....More
Research has shown that diseases like porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) spread quickly via fecal-oral transmission paths. The risk of transferring diseases on manure handling equipment puts extra pressure on both livestock owners and their manure haulers. The eXtension Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center has compiled a reference list of manure biosecurity guidelines and resources with helpful links to fact sheets and educational materials from a variety of sources....More
How do you defeat this ruthless PEDV virus? Where there is hog manure, there is the potential for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) to find its way into a hog operation. That’s an especially daunting fact because the virus sheds at extremely high levels and very little virus is needed to infect pigs....More
Nutrient applicators should mark their calendars and plan to head to Wisconsin on Jan. 21-22 for the 2014 joint symposium hosted by the Professional Nutrient Applicators Association of Wisconsin (PNAAW), along with the Midwest Forage Association (MFA) and Wisconsin Custom Operators (WCO)....More
Reading soil test results, understanding the meaning of those results and then translating them into accurate nutrient application rates is a key area that will be addressed during the West Ohio Agronomy Day Jan. 13, 2014, offered by Ohio State University Extension and Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center researchers, educators and agronomists...More
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, will offer manure applicator certification workshops for dry/solid manure operators at eight locations during February. These workshops meet manure applicator certification requirements for both confinement site manure applicators and commercial manure applicators who primarily apply dry or solid manure....More
Murphy-Brown of Missouri, LLC (MBM) and Roeslein Alternative Energy, LLC announced today their joint plans to develop a $100 million renewable biogas project in northern Missouri. Murphy-Brown is the livestock production subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, Inc....More
Application and nomination forms for the 2014 Environmental Stewards of the Pork Industry awards are now available. Each year, National Hog Farmer magazine and Pork Checkoff co-sponsor this national recognition program to recognize pork producers’ ongoing commitment to protect and enhance the air, water and land in the proximity of their pork production farms....More
Through methane generation, manure is being turned into electricity in a joint project at a hog farm in Utah.
Murphy-Brown LLC's Circle 4 Farms and Alpental Energy Partners, LLC are producing electricity via two methane digesters that Alpental put into operation in November 2012 at the Circle 4 facility just outside Milford. Murphy-Brown is the livestock production subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, Inc.
The two methane digesters are operational and are producing renewable energy....More
The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has submitted comments on behalf of a coalition of livestock organizations in regards to a proposal from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that would require anyone holding a federal Clean Water Act (CWA) permit, as well as state agencies that manage CWA permits, to electronically submit those permits and any associated reports to EPA for inclusion on a web-based national database....More
We know many states hold winter meetings to provide opportunities for livestock producers and custom applicators to update their certification and learn the latest nutrient management tips. If you've got a meeting coming up, please let us know and we will add it to our event calendar! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with dates and details....More
The Lower Fox River Watershed, just south of Green Bay, WI, will be home to a network of farms that will demonstrate the best, leading-edge conservation practices to reduce phosphorus entering Green Bay and Lake Michigan. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Great Lakes Commission (GLC) have announced an agreement to establish a Great Lakes Demonstration Farm Network, the first of its kind, in Wisconsin. To initiate this network, the GLC will begin work with the Brown County Land & Water Conservation Department and Outagamie County Land Conservation Department to identify the farms in the Lower Fox Watershed....More
Commercial manure applicators can attend annual training at locations in Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, to meet commercial manure applicator certification requirements. Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will conduct Commercial Manure Applicator training from 9 a.m. to noon at 76 Iowa locations, two Wisconsin locations and one Minnesota site. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. There is no fee for the workshop, but applicators must register by Dec. 30 with the ISU Extension and Outreach county office where they plan to attend....More
The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have announced an expanded partnership to support water quality trading and other market-based approaches that provide benefits to the environment and economy....More
Intensive management practices used on cattle feedlot sites can produce large concentrations of manure that have the potential to contain excess nutrients, antibiotics, and microorganisms. The U.S. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) says there is a risk that contaminants may end up in surface and ground waters, which means minimizing potential runoff is important to feedlot operators. An Agricultural Research Service team recently measured the levels of contaminants in soil samples collected from a five-acre feedlot used to grow out weaned calves for finishing....More
A record number of voluntary conservation practices adopted by Chesapeake Bay farmers since 2006 have significantly reduced the amount of nitrogen, sediment and phosphorus leaving cultivated croplands, according to a recent report released by the U.S. Deparment of Agriculture (USDA)....More
Researchers have seen some encouraging signs after the first year of a three-year collaborative research project investigating foaming manure pits under swine barns, according to an Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) report. The research project involves nearly two dozen scientists at Iowa State University (ISU), the University of Minnesota (UMN) and the University of Illinois (UI), in addition to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists based at ISU....More
The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) is offering access to a free video of its archived version of a webinar designed to help Iowa’s livestock and poultry farmers prepare for on-site inspections.
The webinar explains the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) “Work Plan Agreement” and its impact on livestock and poultry farmers....More
A lawsuit alleging a history of manure spills at a hog operation located near Keosauaqua in southeast Iowa has been filed against one of the largest family-owned pork farming networks in the United States.
Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement has joined forces with the Environmental Integrity Project and the Humane Society of the United States in filing suit against The Maschhoffs, headquartered in Caryle, IL....More