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  Be Sure Everyone Understands Your Manure Pit Safety Plan
  North Carolina Turns Down Water Sampling Rule
  EPA Opens Public Comment on Secondary Air Standards
  New NRCS Web site
  Slurry-Seeded Plot Tour Planned in Michigan
  Video Promotes Healthy Watersheds
  EPA, USDA Chesapeake Bay Data Challenged
  Commercial Applicator Training Offered in Iowa
  Cattle Facility Tour Focuses on Responsible Management
  North Central Iowa Beef Tour Compares Siting Options
  Manure Management and Runoff Control Demonstration Planned

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Be Sure Everyone Understands Your Manure Pit Safety Plan

Sooner or later, no matter how a manure pit is designed, someone will likely have to enter the pit to perform some type of maintenance. Advance planning and attention to safety details can help prevent an unpleasant task from having a deadly outcome.

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North Carolina Turns Down Water Sampling Rule

The North Carolina Environmental Management Commission (NCEMC) recently declined to adopt a proposed rule that would have required farmers to take water samples at all permitted animal operations. The North Carolina Pork Council’s Porkline e-newsletter reports the rule was initiated in 2007 by a rulemaking petition filed by the Waterkeeper Alliance.

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EPA Opens Public Comment on Secondary Air Standards

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to conduct a field pilot program to collect and analyze data related to the environmental effects from nitrogen oxides (NOx) and sulfur oxides (SOx). After review, EPA is also proposing secondary air quality standards to protect the environment from both NOx and SOx, while working to reduce emissions.

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New NRCS Web site

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has given their national Web site a new look, including some new user-friendly features. Twelve separate Web sites were consolidated into one to simplify access to information.

NRCS says the improvements will help users find and use the vast amount of content available at the site. Content is organized by subject. News is easier to access and public feedback features have been improved. To access the new site, go to www.nrcs.usda.gov.

Slurry-Seeded Plot Tour Planned in Michigan

An Aug. 26 plot tour at Blight Farms, Albion, MI, will provide a first-hand look at slurry seeding methods and research showing how nutrients from manure applications can be captured, held and recycled to the following season.

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Video Promotes Healthy Watersheds

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is using a YouTube video to provide information about reducing agricultural runoff into waterways. USDA is working with land owners in the Mississippi River Basin. Producers in the Illinois and 12 other states can take part in the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI). The U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) offers information regarding a variety of conservation practices that producers can choose from to help protect the environment.

See the video online at www.youtube.com/.

EPA, USDA Chesapeake Bay Data Challenged

An updated report on the science surrounding Chesapeake Bay water quality confirms that serious and significant differences exist between the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) "Bay Model" and the model authored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Left unchanged, these differences could lead to farmers in the watershed paying a steep price for nutrients and sediments that have been mistakenly attributed to them, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation (ABF).

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Commercial Applicator Training Offered in Iowa

A statewide training for commercial manure applicators in Iowa will be conducted on Aug. 31, from 9 a.m. to noon. The training repeats the program that was offered in January 2011.

Commercial manure applicators that have not fulfilled their 2011 training can do so before the busy fall manure application season. Commercial manure applicators seeking first-time certification may also attend. Applicators that have already attended training in 2011 do not need to attend.

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Cattle Facility Tour Focuses on Responsible Management

East central Iowa beef producers are invited to a Jones County "Cattle Facility Tour" on Aug. 22. Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Denise Schwab says the tour will provide timely information on raising cattle in monoslope buildings, hoop barns and open lots.

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North Central Iowa Beef Tour Compares Siting Options

North central Iowa beef producers can learn more about raising cattle in monoslope buildings, slotted deep pit barns and open lots in an Aug. 23 tour in eastern Mitchell County. The tour begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Bob Noble farm near Riceville, IA, followed by lunch. The Noble farm is located two miles west of Riceville at 3170 Hwy 9. Three additional stops are scheduled for the afternoon.

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Manure Management and Runoff Control Demonstration Planned

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach is hosting a manure management and runoff control demonstration on Aug. 26, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the ISU Armstrong Research Farm located near Lewis, IA. The demonstration will review low-cost options for managing water and manure runoff from small- to medium-sized beef and dairy feedlot operations.

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