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 report. The research project involves nearly two dozen scientists at Iowa State University, the University of Minnesota and the University of Illinois, in addition to 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
The next eXtension Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center webinar, Capturing Valuable Nutrients from Manure, is scheduled for Nov. 15 at 1:30 p.m. (central time). This webcast is the first in a series of three webcasts that will provide information on the need to capture nutrients for recycling off-farm, global phosphorus supplies, and technologies that are being used on-farm to capture nitrogen and phosphorus from manure....More
The Ohio Phosphorus Task Force II issued its final report this week on findings to support reduction of phosphorus loading and associated harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie and surrounding watersheds....More
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently released the new Iowa Nutrient Management Conservation Practice Standard – the guiding document for implementing nutrient management plans for Iowa farmers. Iowa’s 11-page Nutrient Management (NM) or 590 Standard provides farmers guidance regarding managing the rate, source, placement, and timing of the application of plant nutrients and soil amendments. This includes animal manure, commercial fertilizer, legume credits, green manure, and crop rotations. The Standard is updated every five years....More
Field drainage installations called blind inlets have been adapted by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists for managing agricultural pollutants in the Lake Erie watershed. These systems, which were developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist Doug Smith and others, are so effective that farmers who install them are eligible for financial assistance through USDA's Environmental Quality Incentives Program. ARS is USDA's chief intramural scientific research agency....More
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy faced some tough questions during a Congressional Science, Space and Technology Committee hearing today about the agency’s alleged use of undisclosed data to justify a rigorous regulatory agenda. This comes after last week’s Bloomberg News report indicating that the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are proposing a rule that has the potential to vastly expand the types of waters that fall under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) says the proposed rule is a direct contradiction to recent U.S. Supreme Court opinions, and that the rules could potentially impact producers’ ability to spread manure on their own land....More
A federal court on Wednesday ruled in favor of West Virginia poultry farmer Lois Alt in a lawsuit she brought against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginiaruled that contrary to EPA’s contention, ordinary stormwater from Alt’s farmyard is exempt from National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systempermit requirements....More
The 2013 Comprehensive Nutrient Management Planning Conference will be held Nov. 18-20 in Fargo, ND. The program kicks off with a tour of North Dakota State University livestock facilities from 1:00-5:00 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18. A full slate of speakers will be providing information for conference attendees on topics ranging from monoslope and slotted-floor barns, to vegetative treatment systems and benefits of compost during sessions on Nov. 19 and 20....More
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a report entitled, "Literature Review of Contaminants of Livestock and Poultry Manure and Implications for Water Quality". This report summarizes research results surrounding manure use and includes information on antibiotics and hormones, among other topics. No policy recommendations are made in the report....More
The National Corn Grower’s Association (NCGA) and the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) both announced this week that they would appeal a Sept. 13 ruling upholding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for the 64,000 square mile Chesapeake Bay watershed. The EPA is seeking to set pollution limits and reduce farm runoff of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment in rivers that drain into the Chesapeake Bay....More