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December 9, 2010
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  • Conservation Funds Target Water Quality in 12 States
  • Post-Accident Evaluation Leads to Safer Manure Hauling
  • Grant Proposals Sought for Watersheds
  • Manure for the Holidays
  • Workshops Focus on Manure Management Strategies
  • "Corn College" Scheduled
  • Tillage Conference Offers Nutrient Management Session
  • Midwest Manure Summit Scheduled



        Conservation Funds Target Water Quality in 12 States
    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will fund existing conservation projects in 41 eligible watersheds in 12 states this fiscal year as part of its Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative. The initiative supports USDA’s continuing efforts to help landowners and farmers protect and improve water quality in the Mississippi River Basin in selected watersheds from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico.

    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.

        Post-Accident Evaluation Leads to Safer Manure Hauling
    The Professional Nutrient Applicators of Wisconsin devoted the November 2010 edition of the Spreading Log newsletter to safe manure hauling. The lead article focuses on truck and tanker rollovers, reinforcing that a crash or spill incident results in costs and complications, ranging from fines or legal charges, to the worst-case scenario of an employee or driver being injured. Accidents also mean crews and the truck or tanker are out of service.

    When you feed your pigs Levucell® SB, you are taking the first step to raising robust swine. Levucell SB helps:
      • Improve daily gain and feed efficiency
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      • Increase feed intake during lactation

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        Grant Proposals Sought for Watersheds
    USDA is seeking proposals for grants to improve water quality, air quality and promote energy conservation in key U.S. watersheds. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is making available $25 million through the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program to address natural resource concerns nationwide with a special emphasis on the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and the Mississippi River Basin.

        Manure for the Holidays
    The eXtension Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center blog offers this seasonally appropriate tidbit of information. The Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, WA, sells composted manure from its animals as part of a fundraising effort. This Christmas season, they are offering a special "Holidoo" compost made only of elephant manure and bedding. The potential gift item is available in several sizes. Read more online at

    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.

        Workshops Focus on Manure Management Strategies
    The 2010-2011 Illinois Certified Livestock Manager Training (CLMT) workshops begin this year in Bloomington, IL, on Dec. 14. Seven subsequent workshops will be held around Illinois in the New Year, with four workshops in January, two in February and one in March.

        "Corn College" Scheduled
    The University of Minnesota (UMN) is offering the Southern Minnesota Corn College on Dec. 17 at the South Central College in North Mankato. This program, sponsored by University of Minnesota Extension, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and South Central College, will run from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and consists of a series of in-depth and hands-on concurrent sessions.

    Sessions will address a wide array of topics including nutrient management tips, pest management, crops, soils, grain storage, and economics. Dan Kaiser, UMN soil fertility specialist, will conduct a hands-on lab demonstration on corn nutrient deficiencies and toxicities. Jeff Vetsch, UMN soil scientist, will demonstrate different planter attachments and fertilizer delivery system options to improve corn yields.

    Attendees can select the sessions that best meet their needs. For a complete list of sessions and to register by mail, see the online brochure at: Online registration is available at:
    Costs are $40 if preregistered, $50 at the door. Class and lab space are limited, so preregistration is advised.

        Tillage Conference Offers Nutrient Management Session
    Nutrient management in high residue systems is just one of the items on the agenda for the Conservation Tillage Conference and Trade Show on Feb. 9 -10, 2011, at Bigwood Event Center in Fergus Falls, MN. The conference program features researchers from universities and industry in the northern Corn Belt and Canada. A full range of topics related to conservation tillage will be covered during the two-day conference. Registration fee is $140/person, which includes continuing education units (CEUs). An early bird special $115/person is offered for those paying by Jan. 31, 2011. More information, including schedules, maps, contacts and exhibitor registration is available at Call Jodi DeJong-Hughes at 507-337-2800 or email

        Midwest Manure Summit Scheduled
    The Midwest Manure Summit, a two-day conference focusing on manure processing and handling, will be held Feb. 15 & 16, 2011 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI. A host of speakers will provide the latest perspectives on air quality, biofilters, manure system hazards, digesters and many other topics. Learn more at

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