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  Comment Period Open for Proposed
CAFO Rule
  More Nitrogen-Efficient Corn Varieties May Be Coming
  Profit Potential Varies When Converting Manure to Electricity
  Michigan Hosts Small-Scale Anaerobic Digester Conference
  Manure Storage Safety Standard Revised
  USDA Funds Anaerobic Digester Projects
  South Dakota Offers CAFO Training
On Nov. 16
  Webcast Focuses on Economics of Manure Use, Transport
  Send Questions and Comments to...

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Comment Period Open for Proposed
CAFO Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently accepting public comments on a proposed new rule which could increase the amount of information owners of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) report, according to the Iowa State University Manure Management Action Group (IMMAG).

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More Nitrogen-Efficient Corn Varieties May Be Coming

A collaboration between DuPont and Plant Sensory Systems may lead to future corn varieties that can utilize nitrogen more efficiently, according to a company press release.

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Profit Potential Varies When Converting Manure to Electricity

While it is technically feasible to convert cow manure to electricity on farms, the economic returns are highly dependent on a host of factors related to energy prices in a given area, according to an article in a recent American Dairy Association newsletter.

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Michigan Hosts Small-Scale Anaerobic Digester Conference

The 2011 Small-Scale Anaerobic Digester Conference will be held at the Michigan State University (MSU) Bioeconomy Institute in Holland, MI, on Dec. 1. This conference will outline the basic principles behind anaerobic digestion and highlight the key issues facing small-scale digester adoption and options for the small-scale farmer.

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Manure Storage Safety Standard Revised

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has revised its standard on manure storage safety.

The revised standard, ASAE EP470.1, Manure Storage Safety, reflects field research on worker safety and proper removal of waste from confined manure storage structures. Additional changes include information on confined space entry with references to a relatively new ASABE safety standard, ANSI/ASABE S607, Ventilating Manure Storages to Reduce Entry Risk.

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USDA Funds Anaerobic Digester Projects

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is funding anaerobic digester projects in eight states to encourage renewable energy production.

Funding for the biodigesters is provided through the USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) and has created or saved an estimated 13.4 billion kWh of electricity.

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South Dakota Offers CAFO Training
On Nov. 16

South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension offers an environmental training session for operators of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) on Nov. 16 in Huron, SD.

Specialists from SDSU, the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (SDENR) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are offering the training.

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Webcast Focuses on Economics of Manure Use, Transport

The eXtension Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center is presenting a webcast on Nov. 18 on the topic, "Economics of Using and Transporting Manure." Transporting manure nutrients and using manure in vulnerable watersheds, such as the Chesapeake Bay and the Illinois River basin, has become an issue grabbing increased national attention. Researchers have studied sustainable use of manure in these watersheds and alternative storage systems that can make transport of manure such as poultry litter more economically feasible.

The webcast will delve into the economical implications of moving nutrients outside of these watersheds. The webcast will be held at 1:30 p.m. (central). On the day of the webcast, go to www.extension.org/pages/ to download the PowerPoint presentations and connect to the virtual meeting room.

Send Questions and Comments to...

Lora Berg, Editor, Nutrient Management, at lora.berg@frontiernet.net

Dale Miller, Editor, National Hog Farmer magazine, at dale.miller@penton.com

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