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September 9, 2010
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  • Chesapeake Bay Initiative Could
       Spill into a Watershed Near You
  • Studying Manure Mineral and Metal Content
  • Tips for Determining Manure Value
  • Manure Videos Available Online
  • Small Scale Manure Digester Demonstrated
  • Air Quality and Manure Management Featured
  • Manure Injection Demonstrations Planned
  • Italy Hosts International Odor Conference
  • International Greenhouse Gases Conference Scheduled
  • Watershed Management Conference
       Focuses on Chesapeake Bay



        Chesapeake Bay Initiative Could
       Spill into a Watershed Near You
    Current environmental situations and legal battles may have far-reaching implications for livestock and poultry producers across the United States. A panel of leading agricultural industry lawyers told attendees at the recent Food Agriculture & Biofuels Conference that it is time to focus on current events even if they seem far from their back yards. The conference was sponsored by the Faegre & Benson law firm and held in Minneapolis, MN.

    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.

        Studying Manure Mineral and Metal Content
    A Manitoba-based research project will study the fate of minerals from animal feeds that may be transferred into manure, and subsequently into crop production systems. Researchers will measure concentrations of selenium, copper, boron and zinc in feed and manure, while also attempting to quantify concentrations of other elements, such as arsenic, phosphorus, nitrogen, cobalt, manganese, cadmium and lead.

    Nitrogen and phosphorus are being analyzed in the manure because the rate of land application of metals in manure depends on these nutrients. Manure use and regulations are based on nitrogen and phosphorus; therefore, it is critical for the researchers to be able to relate trace mineral concentrations to those nutrients.

    The overall intent of the project is to better quantify the transfer of trace minerals from feed to manure in order to help determine if feed is the dominant source of minerals, or if there are other sources that should be investigated. The project will be administered by the Manitoba Livestock Manure Management Initiative, Inc. and funded by a Canada-Manitoba Growing Forward Initiative. Learn more at

        Tips for Determining Manure Value
    Ohio State University (OSU) experts say a number of parameters must be taken into account when putting a value on manure as a crop nutrient resource. In a recent Ohio State University Crop Observation and Recommendation Network (CORN) newsletter, Robert Mullen and Darlene C. Florence urge producers to consider the composition of the manure, source variability, and the need for crop nutrients based on soil test information.

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        Manure Videos Available Online
    The Iowa Manure Management Action Group (IMMAG) at Iowa State University offers several educational manure handling videos for online learning. The IMMAG home page,, contains links to four video clips, including: “Wet Weather Management of Manure Storage,” “Hydrogen Sulfide Management in Deep-Pit Swine Housing,” “Hydrogen Sulfide Safety in Deep-Pit Housing,” plus a two-part video entitled, “Update on Deep-Pit Fires and Foam.” Part 1 provides further understanding the causes, while Part 2 explains how and why foam is formed. More videos are planned for the future.

        Small Scale Manure Digester Demonstrated
    Ohio State University ecological engineers will be demonstrating a newly developed, small-scale biodigester at the upcoming Farm Science Review, Sept. 21-23, at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, OH. Jay Martin, a researcher with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, recently developed a modified, fixed-dome digester that can make methane from manure. The methane can be burned as an alternative to natural gas or propane, or converted to electricity using a generator.

    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.

        Air Quality and Manure Management Featured
    The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers will be hosting an International Symposium on Air Quality and Manure Management for Agriculture on Sept. 13-16, 2010, at the Doubletree Hotel in Dallas, TX. The extensive program and registration details are available online at

    NHF Weekly Preview provides pork producers in the United States and Canada with weekly analysis of items that will impact their business. NHF Weekly Preview is brought to you from the editors of National Hog Farmer.

        Manure Injection Demonstrations Planned
    Iowa State University Extension and Eldon C. Stutsman, Inc. are sponsoring a manure injection field demonstration on Sept. 15, 2010, at the Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Crawfordsville, IA, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The field day will highlight several different manure injectors operating in freshly harvested soybean residue. Attendees will have a chance to see residue levels before and after injection, observe a drag-hose system, and learn about current manure nitrogen issues. The Research Farm is located 1 ¾ miles south of Crawfordsville on Hwy 218, then 2 miles east on G-62, then ¾ mile north (watch for event signs). A free lunch will be served courtesy of Eldon C. Stutsman, Inc.

    eHay Weekly is a weekly compilation of prices and marketing information for commercial hay growers. Updates include local market conditions, state and regional hay association news, hay prices from around the nation, and links to USDA weekly hay reports. eHay Weekly is brought to you from the editors of Hay & Forage Grower.

        Italy Hosts International Odor Conference
    The Nose 2010 International Conference on Environmental Odor Monitoring and Control will be held Sept. 22-24, 2010 in Florence, Italy. Research results will be presented from a variety of projects targeting odors from both livestock and municipal wastewater systems. View the program and register online at

        International Greenhouse Gases Conference Scheduled
    The 4th International Conference on Greenhouse Gases and Animal Agriculture will take place on Oct. 3-8 in Banff, Alberta, Canada. More than 350 delegates are expected to attend, representing 39 countries. While conference participants are drawn primarily from the scientific community, the information presented will be relevant to producers, industry and policy developers involved with animal agriculture. In addition to technical workshops and sessions, the conference will include discussions of specific livestock production strategies to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, as well as present ideas related to industry benchmarks and mitigation targets.

        Watershed Management Conference
       Focuses on Chesapeake Bay
    The Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) 2010 Watershed Management to Improve Water Quality conference will be held Nov. 14-17, 2010, at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore on the Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD. This is the fifth conference in a series on this topic, presented by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). Reports will cover the ongoing research and outreach efforts related to TMDL development and implementation and watershed management. The conference has a special emphasis on issues pertaining to the Chesapeake Bay Program.
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