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January 11, 2010
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  • Bring Nutrient Management Plan Out of the Dark
  • Pork Industry Seeks Environmental Steward Nominations
  • Waste Treatment Plan Combines Cattle, Ethanol
  • Feedlot Emissions Studies Receive Funding
  • Wisconsin Crop Management Conference Jan. 12-14
  • Nebraska Land Application Workshops Cover State
  • Manure Application-Crop Seeding in One Pass
  • Manure Applicator’s Workshop at Minnesota Pork Congress
  • Professional Nutrient Applicators of Wisconsin to Meet
  • Nutrient Management Sessions at Iowa Pork Congress
  • University of Illinois Manure Management Workshops Set




      Bring Nutrient Management Plan Out of the Dark
    All too often, Nutrient Management Plans are filed away in a dark corner of a filing cabinet, says Karl Rockeman, North Dakota Department of Health environmental engineer. The North Dakota Department of Health works with permitting and water quality issues in the state. He says all of the animal feeding operations permitted by the state’s Department of Health in recent years have had a Nutrient Management Plan at one time.

    Writing in the first issue of the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Nutrient Management News, Rockeman says that while all parts of a Nutrient Management Plan should be kept up to date, there are three very important pieces of information that department staff focus on at each inspection.

    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.

      Pork Industry Seeks Environmental Steward Nominations
    Pork producers have a long-standing record of environmental stewardship. To highlight some of the top environmental management programs in the U.S. swine industry, National Hog Farmer and Pork Checkoff annually join forces to recognize pork producers and managers who exemplify outstanding manure nutrient management and innovation, wildlife preservation and community service.

    This is the 16th year of the Pork Industry Environmental Steward Award Program, launched to showcase pork producers with all types and sizes of production systems, who demonstrate a positive stewardship of the natural environment in and surrounding their production sites.

      Waste Treatment Plan Combines Cattle, Ethanol
    Renewable energy company Bion Environmental Technologies Inc. recently announced that it has received local support from the Schroeppel, NY town board for its plans to create a large-scale beef cattle and processing operation that would also produce ethanol.The planned project, which the New York-based company estimated would take about two years to develop, would include a 72,000-head cattle operation using Bion's waste treatment technology to create a finishing facility "exhibiting the smallest per-head environmental footprint of any large livestock operation in the world," according to Bion.

    Calling it a "closed-loop" project, the planned operations would also include corn-based ethanol production and an associated beef processing plant. Bion estimated the project could eventually add 600 jobs to the Oswego County regional economy.

    "Bion's unique technology and expertise are what make this project viable and will ultimately result in upstate New York becoming the world leader in environmentally sustainable livestock production," says Jeff Kapell, Bion's vice president for project development.

    Read more about the project at

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      Feedlot Emissions Studies Receive Funding
    Researchers with Colorado State University's (CSU) College of Agriculture were recently awarded $1.15 million to study nitrogen and ammonia emissions related to cattle feedlots in Colorado and the High Plains. This funding will support research lead by professors from CSU's Institute for Livestock and the Environment and the CSU College of Agriculture.

    The livestock industry on Colorado’s eastern slope has been implicated as a primary source of nitrogen emissions, a cause of ecosystem degradation in Rocky Mountain National Park. Funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help researchers document how much nitrogen comes from feedlots. The research aims to measure ammonia and other pollutants from a Greeley-based cattle feedlot and evaluate the influence of factors that govern emissions levels, such as cattle diet, weather, and manure management, and the impact on regional patterns of nitrogen and ammonia deposition.

      Wisconsin Crop Management Conference Jan. 12-14
    The Wisconsin Crop Management Conference will be held Jan. 12-14, 2010, at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI. The conference includes over 50 agronomic and management presentations and a tradeshow featuring more than 100 industry exhibitors. Workshops on , Jan. 13 will specifically target fertilizer trends from 9:00-11:30 a.m., and manure management and water quality from 2:00-4:50 p.m. See program details online at

      Nebraska Land Application Workshops Cover State
    Two University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Extension workshops will be held in Nebraska Extension offices during January and February to provide livestock and crop farmers with the latest information on turning manure nutrients into better crop yields while protecting the environment.

    Land Application Training workshops will be held Jan. 26 and Feb. 24, and will include distance learning options. Training will be focused on initial certification from 9:15 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (CST) each day, and recertification will be emphasized from 1:30-3:30 p.m..

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      Manure Application-Crop Seeding in One Pass
    A Jan.15 eXtension webcast presentation will focus on combining manure application and cover crops seeding in one pass over the field. Speakers Tim Harrigan, Michigan State University, and Jeremy Singer, USDA Agricultural Research Service, will discuss recent research on how cover crops can capture and recycle manure nutrients, as well as highlighting research that involved mixing seed right into manure slurry to combine planting and manure application in a single trip.

    Combining cover crops and manure can be a winning combination used to capture and recycle nutrients, protect the soil from erosion and add organic matter while decreasing the environmental risks with liquid manure applications. Slurry seeding is an integrated process that incorporates low-disturbance tillage, manure application and seeding of forages and cover crops in one efficient trip.

    The free educational webcast is from the Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center of eXtension. The Jan. 15 session begins at 2:30 p.m. (EST). The webcast meeting room opens 15 minutes before the start time. Go to to view instructions for participating.

    Monthly webcasts are hosted by the Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center, an information resource developed by more than 150 experts from land-grant universities, agencies and other organizations. The center is part of the national eXtension interactive Web resource. Previous webcasts are archived at

      Manure Applicator’s Workshop at Minnesota Pork Congress
    Certified commercial animal waste applicators in need of continuing education hours and interested producers are invited to attend a Manure Applicator’s Recertification Workshop at the Minnesota Pork Congress at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Jan. 20 from noon to 5:00 p.m. Workshop topics include best practices in manure application, regulations and feedlot rules, information about road and bridges, and biosecurity and the business of manure application, among others.

    The workshop is free with Minnesota Pork Congress registration. Learn more about the workshop and view the Minnesota Pork Congress program online at

    NHF Weekly Preview provides pork producers in the United States and Canada with weekly analysis of items that will impact their business. NHF Weekly Preview is brought to you from the editors of National Hog Farmer.

      Professional Nutrient Applicators of Wisconsin to Meet
    The Professional Nutrient Applicators Association of Wisconsin will hold a joint symposium and annual meeting at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells on Jan. 26-27, in conjunction with the Midwest Forage Association (MFA) and Wisconsin Custom Operators meetings. More than 30 educational sessions will be offered in a concurrent format. Liquid manure application methods and tools, managing manure runoff risk and precision agricultural technologies to improve nutrient applications will be among the topics discussed during the symposium. Visit for program and registration details.

      Nutrient Management Sessions at Iowa Pork Congress
    The upcoming Iowa Pork Congress includes learning opportunities for producers and commercial manure applicators on Jan. 27 and 28 in Des Moines, IA.

    A seminar scheduled for Jan. 27, 12:00-1:15 p.m., is entitled, ”Fires and Foam: What Have We Learned?” Foaming manure pits and building fires were hot topics during the 2009 fall manure pumping season. Robert Burns, Iowa State University, and Larry Jacobson, University of Minnesota, will share information from their research and experience relating to these issues and will offer ideas to help prevent these situations from occurring.

    A Confinement Site Manure Applicator Workshop will be held on Jan. 28, 10:00-12:00. Applicators will be updated on key issues related to on-farm safety and manure application on snow-covered or frozen ground, in addition to other topics. This workshop qualifies for two hours of annual continuing education required for confinement site applicators.

    Both learning opportunities will be held in the Hy-Vee Hall of the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. Preregistration is necessary for the two-hour Confinement Site Manure Applicator Workshop. Contact Tyler Bettin, Iowa Pork Producers Association producer education director at (800) 372-7675 or email Applicators should bring their manure applicator certification card to the workshop. Learn more about other Iowa Pork Congress offerings online at

      University of Illinois Manure Management Workshops Set
    University of Illinois (UI) Extension is hosting four livestock manure management workshops in February and March to provide hands-on training about the Illinois Manure Management Plan (IMMP) website. The IMMP website,, offers step-by-step instructions for developing manure management plans that comply with the requirements of the Illinois Department of Agriculture, Illinois Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

    “Illinois livestock producers can use the IMMP website as a recordkeeping tool or to develop a full-fledged manure management plan,” explains Ted Funk, UI Extension agricultural engineer. “Producers can attend a workshop to learn more about how IMMP can help take some of the worry and frustration out of their manure management tasks.”

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