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  Weighing Pros and Cons of Methane Digesters
  Funds Help Manitoba Producers Prepare for 2013 Regulations
  Research Targets Resilient Cropping Systems
  Download New Digester Publications
  Seeking Common-Sense Approach to Environmental Issues
  Iowa Dairy and Open Feedlot CAFO Workshops Planned
  Pork Conference Focuses on Environmental Regulations
  Digester Training Program Scheduled April 13-15

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Weighing Pros and Cons of Methane Digesters

Several speakers at the recent Midwest Manure Summit in Green Bay, WI, indicated some fine-tuning of the policies and economics associated with on-farm methane digester systems will be necessary before widespread adoption will be seen. According to AgStar data, there are 157 methane digesters currently operating in the United States. Of those, 26 are in dairies, 24 in hog operations, with the remainder divided up between poultry and beef production facilities.

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Funds Help Manitoba Producers Prepare for 2013 Regulations

Manitoba pork producers will soon benefit from a $26 million program designed to help them comply with provincial environmental regulations that will go into effect in November 2013.

The Manure Management Financial Assistance Program (MMFAP) will help with the cost of building or repairing manure storage structures that eliminate the need for winter manure application. The program also encourages producers to adopt manure treatment systems that will help reduce phosphorus application and further minimize the risk of water contamination. Learn more at news.gov.mb.ca/.

Research Targets Resilient Cropping Systems

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced a $20 million grant will be used by a team of 10 universities and two USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) institutions to investigate how to keep Midwest corn-based cropping systems resilient in the face of future climate uncertainties.

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Download New Digester Publications

Methane digesters could become more profitable for many U.S. livestock operations if prices rise in voluntary, regional or national carbon markets, according to the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS).

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Seeking Common-Sense Approach to Environmental Issues

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) supports Senator Debbie Stabenow’s (D-MI) efforts to work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deal with livestock producers’ concerns over environmental regulations. Stabenow, who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee, is establishing a working group with the two agencies to find solutions to concerns being voiced by producers and ranchers.

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Iowa Dairy and Open Feedlot CAFO Workshops Planned

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension is sponsoring three workshops targeting medium-sized dairy and open feedlot Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). The workshops will outline current regulations, address design criteria for manure control, explain permit requirements, and highlight resources available for technical assistance. A registration fee covers the cost of lunch and handout materials.

The first workshop will be held March 29 at the Spencer Community School Administration Bld., register by calling 712-262-2264. The March 30 meeting will be at the Sioux Center Corporate Center, register at 712-737-4230. To attend the March 31 workshop at the Arcadia American Legion Hall, call 712-792-2364 to register.

Pork Conference Focuses on Environmental Regulations

Specialists at the Southern Indiana Pork Conference will address producer concerns about fertilizer and manure regulations, production changes and economic challenge. The conference will be held on March 11 at the Dubois County 4-H Fairgrounds near Bretzville, IN, and runs from 9:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (EST).

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Digester Training Program Scheduled April 13-15

In response to the increased use of digesters in the United States, the Anaerobic Digester Operator Training Program is being offered April 13-15, 2011 in Fond du Lac, WI. The program provides a systems perspective for digester operator safety and digester management.

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