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May 13, 2010
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  • Computer Program Aids Precision N Application
  • Collaboration Funds Renewable Energy Opportunities
  • Lagoon Conversion Program Launched
  • On-Farm Energy Survey Underway
  • Manitoba Workshop Summary Now Online
  • Summit to Focus on Mississippi Watershed





      Computer Program Aids Precision N Application
    By Forrest Laws
    Nutrient management in corn can be a relatively simple process when conditions are ideal. It’s when Mother Nature dishes out too much or too little rainfall, or temperatures that are too cool or too warm that manure or commercial nitrogen (N) application gets dicey.

    Soil scientists in the Northeast, which has had its share of difficult weather conditions in recent years, have put together a new computer modeling program aimed at helping farmers get a better handle on when to apply more nitrogen to corn ground.


    Now’s the Time to incorporate a Slurrystore System into your nutrient management program. Slurrystore is compatible for any system whether your goal is long term storage, nutrient retention, green containment, digesters or manure processing. Plus Slurrystore Systems include the added feature of agitation to help ensure nutrient consistency. Click here or contact your local Authorized Slurrystore Dealer for more information.

      Collaboration Funds Renewable Energy Opportunities
    On May 3, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson signed a new interagency agreement promoting renewable energy generation and working toward slashing greenhouse gas emissions from livestock operations. The agreement expands the work of the AgSTAR program, a joint EPA-USDA effort that helps livestock producers reduce methane emissions from their operations. EPA and USDA's enhanced collaboration will provide up to $3.9 million over the next five years to help the farms overcome obstacles preventing them from recovering and using biogas.
    In January, Secretary Vilsack and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus signed a Memorandum of Understanding to encourage the development of advanced biofuels and other renewable energy systems. The move is part of a collaborative effort in which USDA is working closely with other departments including EPA, the Department of Energy and the Department of the Navy to promote biofuel production.

    USDA hosted a clean energy economy forum at the White House on May 5 to discuss renewable energy opportunities for rural communities. Members of the Obama administration had the opportunity to hear from farmers and ranchers about their experiences in the emerging clean energy economy.

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      Lagoon Conversion Program Launched
    The North Carolina Division of Soil and Water Conservation recently received seven applications seeking a total of $3,882,300 for lagoon conversion projects under the state’s Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative. The application process is now closed, and the review process is taking place in order to make final decisions on which operations will receive funding. During 2010, more than $1.1 million will be available through the initiative to farmers who implement new technologies that provide better water quality protection, reduce odor emissions and capture methane.

    The five-year program is carried out through a partnership between the North Carolina Division of Soil and Water Conservation, local soil and water conservation districts and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Funding comes from the NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The first round of funding was made available by state and federal officials during June 2009 to assist two swine farms with conversions to innovative technology. Nine swine farms received funds intended to go toward decommissioning inactive waste lagoons.


    Are you getting optimum value from your ag nutrients? Ensure an even nutrient blend and consistency with every load using a Slurrystore® and its center agitation system. There’s no better choice for long term ag nutrient storage. Now’s the Time for Slurrystore. Click here or contact your local Authorized Slurrystore Dealer for more information.

      On-Farm Energy Survey Underway
    As a follow-up to the Census of Agriculture, the National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) is conducting a first-ever survey focused on renewable energy. The On-Farm Energy Production Survey will gather information about energy production on America’s farms and ranches, including the use of anaerobic digesters, wind turbines, solar panels, and other alternative energy sources.

    Survey results will be available online at, in February 2011. For additional information on the survey, call the Agricultural Statistics Hotline at (800) 727-9540 or learn more at

      Manitoba Workshop Summary Now Online
    A variety of government, academic and agricultural industry leaders have been working on research and extension priorities related to managing manure phosphorus issues in Manitoba, Canada. A technical workshop was held in late fall 2009, to outline phosphorus problems and potential solutions.

    Since the workshop’s completion, many participants have been working to make recommendations into reality while dealing with the stated challenges. Some priorities listed during the workshop are currently being addressed; others have been slated for action over the next three years. Manitoba producers are expected to be in compliance with new phosphorus regulations by 2013.

    Learn more about the phosphorus priorities listed during the workshop, entitled, “Achieving Manure Phosphorus Balance in Manitoba,” by visiting the site, or contact Extension coordinator Clay Sawka, (204) 750-3066, email Research contacts include Brandy Street, (204) 945-2122, or Christine Rawluk, (204) 474-8127,

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      Summit to Focus on Mississippi Watershed
    Farm Pilot Project Coordination, Inc. (FPPC) is hosting its second regional summit on June 14-16 in Des Moines, IA. Building on the success of the regional summit in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, this conference will focus on issues of the Midwest.

    The theme will focus on challenges related to reducing nutrient load from the agricultural community in the Mississippi River watershed, as well as creating sustainability in agriculture. FPPC will update participants on results of their technology projects and invite all stakeholders to discuss the implications of a tightened regulatory environment.

    This technology exchange program has been designed with ample opportunity to interact with principal investigators of farm-scale projects and will provide a key networking opportunity with recognized experts from government, industry and universities.
    More information and registration details are available online at

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