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Contents
  • Wisconsin Takes Aim at Phosphorus
  • Research Continues on Canadian ‘Enviropigs’
  • California Dairies Are Relocating
  • Air Quality Projects Receive Funding
  • Manitoba Investigates Metals in Animal Manure
  • Updated Handbook Outlines Iowa Regulations
  • Water Conservation Project Assistance Available
  • Report Shows Energy, Environmental Progress
  • Waste Management Symposium Scheduled
  • Manure Expo Coming July 15

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      Wisconsin Takes Aim at Phosphorus
    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking for opinions on proposed rules to reduce phosphorus levels in state waters. Phosphorus has been blamed for excessive algae growth on many Wisconsin lakes. The proposed rules would affect agriculture, home owners, industry and municipal wastewater facilities. A statewide ban on the sale and use of grass fertilizers containing phosphorus took effect April 1 as part of an effort to reduce runoff into lakes and waterways.
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      Research Continues on Canadian ‘Enviropigs’
    The Iowa Pork Industry Center reports that a genetically enhanced line of Yorkshire pigs known as “Enviropigs”™ has been determined by Canadian environmental authorities to be non-toxic to the environment under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. The declaration allows the University of Guelph (UG) Enviropig project to move closer to full regulatory approval. The UG Web site explains that Enviropigs produce phytase in their salivary glands. When secreted in saliva, the phytase mixes with feed during the chewing process, eventually helping to digest phosphorus in the feed. This means less phosphorus from manure is spread on land and results in lower potential water pollution from phosphorus.

    A second benefit comes from less-costly feed because there is no need to add phytase. Even though the pigs are now considered non-toxic, there are plenty of hurdles to overcome before Enviropig pork ends up on dinner tables. Read this story on the CTV News Web site for more info: snipr.com/nn030810enviropigs, or visit the UG site at www.uoguelph.ca/enviropig/.


      California Dairies Are Relocating
    According to a report in the Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper, the number of California dairies dropped from more than 2,200 dairies in 1999 to 1,700 in 2009. While officials in other states offer California farmers a number of reasons to consider moving, one of the biggest incentives seems to be the promise of fewer regulations. A number of other states are trying to attract California dairies including Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, Texas and Wyoming. According to an Iowa area development group that is working hard to recruit dairies to that state, each dairy cow has an estimated positive economic impact of $15,000 a year.

    Read more at www.startribune.com/.

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      Air Quality Projects Receive Funding
    USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently announced more than $5 million in grants to address air quality issues, including reducing agricultural atmospheric emissions and developing new mitigation practices.
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      Manitoba Investigates Metals in Animal Manure
    The Manitoba Livestock Manure Management Initiative, Inc. (MLMMI) has identified five key areas for future research proposals to target when investigating the impact metals in livestock rations may have when excreted in manure and subsequently spread upon cropland.
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      Updated Handbook Outlines Iowa Regulations
    The Iowa Livestock Environmental Regulations handbook aims to keep livestock producers informed about current environmental regulations. Handbook chapters discussing manure management regulations and construction requirements have been updated and posted to the Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) Web site. More chapters will be added as they are completed.
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      Water Conservation Project Assistance Available
    The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering $61.2 million in financial assistance funding for Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP) projects. This funding will help producers conserve surface and groundwater and improve water quality on agricultural land.
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      Report Shows Energy, Environmental Progress
    A success story about an Illinois dairy that generates electricity from manure is included in a new report from the Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC), featuring stories of farmers and rural small businesses that are making clean energy their newest cash crop. The report is called, “Farm Energy Success Stories.” It highlights clean energy projects that were made possible with grants and loan guarantees from the Farm Bill’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).

    Since 2003, REAP has made over 3,000 clean energy projects possible, jump-starting wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, energy efficiency and other technologies in all 50 states. The success of REAP has led Congress to increase the program’s funding in recent years, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) still receives applications for more than three times the amount of funding available. The success stories in the report illustrate how REAP leverages billions in private investment, reduces pollution and builds interest and awareness about the benefits of clean energy.

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      Waste Management Symposium Scheduled
    The 2010 National Poultry and Animal Waste Management Symposium is scheduled for Oct. 26-28, 2010 at the Sheraton Greensboro at Four Seasons in Greensboro, NC. The symposium is a joint effort encompassing both the North Carolina Animal and Poultry Waste Management Symposium and National Poultry Waste Management Symposium. Sessions during the three-day event will target poultry production issues in addition to waste management topics impacting dairy, pork and general livestock production systems. Learn more about the symposium and view the agenda at: www.ces.ncsu.edu/.


      Manure Expo Coming July 15
    The 2010 Manure Expo will be held in State College, PA, on July 15, 2010. Educational sessions, field demonstrations and vendors will come together around the theme, "Balancing Conservation and Production." Registration for exhibitors is currently available. Learn more at www.das.psu.edu/manure-expo or contact Robb Meinen at (814) 865-5986, or email rjm134@psu.edu.


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