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Contents
  • Ten Steps Toward Tackling Livestock Emissions
  • Ag Groups Concerned about Water Quality Regulations
  • Best Manure Application Rate, Safe Handling Emphasized
  • Investigating Antibiotics in Water, Manure
  • Chesapeake Bay Watershed Management Featured
  • Confined Space Safety Workshop Offered
  • Learn More about Drainage
  • Wisconsin Extension Plans Update Meetings
  • Wisconsin Dairy Day Coming Dec. 8

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        Ten Steps Toward Tackling Livestock Emissions
    The recent International Greenhouse Gases and Animal Agriculture Conference (GGAA) in Banff, Alberta, Canada, brought together more than 400 scientists and top minds in the nutrient management and greenhouse gas emissions realm from about 40 countries. A summary at the end of the conference highlighted 10 key steps for managing greenhouse gases. The steps were outlined by the chairpersons of each of the sessions held during the conference.
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        Ag Groups Concerned about Water Quality Regulations
    The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) has joined 29 agricultural and forestry organizations in submitting comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding water quality regulations it is proposing for the Chesapeake Bay. The comments outline the agriculture and forestry community’s concerns with the EPA’s draft of total maximum daily load (TMDL) requirements, while calling attention to the significant contributions agriculture has made toward improving Chesapeake Bay water quality.
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        Best Manure Application Rate, Safe Handling Emphasized
    Fall is prime time for application of manure to be used as a crop fertilizer. Post-harvest time is here and equipment and fields have been readied for manure application.
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        Investigating Antibiotics in Water, Manure
    The Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center (LPELC) of eXtension says a new study focuses on the use and occurrence of antibiotics on dairy farms and in forage fields that receive manure. A team of researchers determined that compounds differed in their occurrence throughout the farm, but that most were constrained to farm boundaries. The article is published in the Journal of Environmental Science & Technology.
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        Chesapeake Bay Watershed Management Featured
    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. Learn more at www.asabe.org/meetings/.


        Confined Space Safety Workshop Offered
    The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association kicks off its annual conference in Winnipeg on Nov. 15 with an interactive workshop focusing on safety in confined agricultural spaces. The six-hour workshop will be led by two of North America’s leading confined space safety experts from British Columbia (BC) – Neil McManus of WorkSafe BC and Scott Fraser of the BC Farm and Ranch Safety and Health Association. Both will provide basic training to help prevent confined spaces injuries and fatalities and to investigate them when they do occur. Recent high profile confined space incidents will be reviewed.

    The cost is $25 (Canadian) for the 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. interactive workshop at the Hilton Airport Suites Hotel, 1800 Wellington Ave., Winnipeg. Registration fee includes lunch. Call 1-877-452-2272 to register; pay at the door. The workshop is part of the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association’s annual conference Nov. 15-17. About 70 farmers, safety professionals, suppliers, trainers, manufacturers and researchers are expected to attend. Learn more about the conference online at conference.casa-acsa.ca/registration/ .


        Learn More about Drainage
    The 11th annual Drainage Research Forum will be held Nov. 23, 2010 at Cabela’s near Owatonna, MN. Primarily focused on issues pertaining to Minnesota and Iowa, the program includes a session on transport of antibiotic-resistant bacteria into tile drainage systems, results of a conservation drainage focus group study and information about bioreactor performance in the two states. The program runs from 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Attendees need to register before Nov. 21. The registration fee of $50 includes lunch and refreshments. Learn more online at www.regonline.com/DrainResForum.


        Wisconsin Extension Plans Update Meetings
    A series of Soil, Water and Nutrient Management Update meetings will be held in a variety of locations throughout Wisconsin in coming weeks. Hosted by University of Wisconsin Extension, the eight meetings are scheduled for Nov. 30 through Dec. 9. Topics include improved nutrient management and conservation planning, uses and limitations of plant analysis methods, such as stalk nitrate testing, and details related to growing biofuels, among other topics. Most of the meetings begin at 10:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. A $35 registration fee includes lunch. Participants should pre-register with the Extension educator in the host location at least one week before the meeting they wish to attend. View a schedule of meeting locations online at soil-water-and-nutrient-management-meetings.


        Wisconsin Dairy Day Coming Dec. 8
    Nutrient management for dairy producers is a prominent topic on the agenda for the University of Wisconsin Arlington Dairy Day on Dec. 8, 2010. The program showcases the latest dairy-related research findings from various departments of the UW-Madison College of Agriculture & Life Sciences. The agenda covers a variety of subjects ranging from a dairy outlook, to mastitis treatment, to nutrient management plans.

    The program registration fee is $30/person if sent or paid via credit card by Nov. 26 and $40/person after that date or paid at the door. No payments by credit card will be accepted after Nov. 26. The fee includes refreshments, lunch and program proceedings. For more information, please contact a county UW-Extension Office; Cathy Rook, Department of Dairy Science at 608-263-3308 rook@wisc.edu; or Bob Kaiser, Dodge County UW-Extension at 920-386-3790 robert.kaiser@ces.uwex.edu. View the Dairy Day program online at www.wisc.edu/dysci.


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