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  Manure-Based Materials Find New Uses
  Plant Buffers Trap Surface Runoff
  USDA Releases Chesapeake Bay Watershed Conservation Practices Study
  Anaerobic Lagoon Design Standards Revised
  Court Ruling Brings Sigh of Relief for CAFOs
  New Anaerobic Digester Publication Available
  Fertilizer Pricing Resource Updated
  North American Manure Expo Set for July 20

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Manure-Based Materials Find New Uses

Engineers with the USDA Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, WI, are investigating ways to create building and packing materials out of recycled manure. The laboratory works to conserve and extend U.S. forest resources by researching efficient, sustainable uses for wood. As part of that mission, John Hunt, research general engineer, investigates ways to create composite materials from bio-based materials that can either be combined with, or even replace wood while creating a useful finished product.

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Plant Buffers Trap Surface Runoff

Field tests and laboratory research conducted by University of Missouri (MU) scientists indicates that buffer strips of grass and other plants can reduce the amount of herbicide and veterinary antibiotics in surface runoff from farm plots.

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USDA Releases Chesapeake Bay Watershed Conservation Practices Study

On-farm conservation practices and systems in the Chesapeake Bay watershed seem to be reducing sediment and nutrient losses from cultivated cropland, according to a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study entitled, “Assessment of Conservation Practices on Cultivated Cropland in the Chesapeake Bay Region.” The study quantifies environmental gains and identifies opportunities for further progress during a time when the region’s farmers are working to meet Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) guidelines.

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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.

Anaerobic Lagoon Design Standards Revised

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has revised the standard for anaerobic animal waste lagoon design and operation. An updated reference section is among the updated features that are part the new publication entitled, “Design of Anaerobic Lagoons for Animal Waste Management.”

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Court Ruling Brings Sigh of Relief for CAFOs

In a unanimous decision issued on March 15, a federal court ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cannot require livestock operations to obtain Clean Water Act (CWA) permits unless and until they have a discharge of manure into a waterway of the United States. The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has called the decision a major victory for U.S. pork producers.

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New Anaerobic Digester Publication Available

A new guide, “Anaerobic Digesters: Farm Opportunities and Pathways,” is now available to anyone starting to investigate the anaerobic digestion industry. The Minnesota Project publication is designed to help the general public become more aware of the opportunities and challenges present in a potential digester project.

The guide reviews the different kinds of anaerobic digesters, the economic and environmental benefits anaerobic digesters can provide, the latest developments in anaerobic digestion practices and technologies, as well as an overview for evaluating digestion opportunities for a farm.

The Minnesota Project is a nonprofit organization championing the sustainable production and equitable distribution of energy and food in communities across the state. The digester document can be downloaded free at The Minnesota Project’s Web site:www.mnproject.org/. Hard copies are available by contacting Jake Fischer (jfischer@mnproject.org), or calling 651-789-3330.

Fertilizer Pricing Resource Updated

Increased product prices have led to a revised and updated University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) crop budgeting resource. The 2011 Nebraska Crop Budgets (EC872) publication contains updated fuel, land and fertilizer prices.

UNL experts say producers may want to revisit their crop budgets to determine how price increases will affect their current costs. Download the Nebraska Crop Budgets publication (EC872) at www.ianrpubs.unl.edu/. Fertilizer costs can be used to determine the most profitable fertilizer rates using programs such as UNL’s Corn Nitrogen Calculator, available at the Nebraska CropWatch Web site: cropwatch.unl.edu/.

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North American Manure Expo Set for July 20

The 2011 North American Manure Expo will be held July 20, at the Northeast Community College Ag Complex near Norfolk, NE. The event is centered on the theme, “Professionalism in Manure Management,” and will include commercial field demonstrations, hands-on product and safety education opportunities, educational sessions, and commercial vendor displays. A new display this year will demonstrate the application of manure through sprinkler systems.

The annual event is sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension service and is supported by a consortium of land-grant universities, conservation agencies from across the United States in partnership with Nebraska custom applicators and businesses, in addition to the Iowa Commercial Nutrient Applicators Association. Learn more at www.manureexpo.org/.

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