2016 Newsletter Archive Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center

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December 2016

The final issue of 2016 includes a webinar on Pathogens 101 which focuses on the basics of manure-borne pathogens and connections to human health. The newsletter also reminds you to register for Waste to Worth 2017 and highlights an adaptation planning guide developed by the climate team. The “Around the Horns” section includes several grazing management and farming systems resources as well as nutrient management, water quality, and safety/health links. More…

November 2016

November’s installment highlights a webinar on an online nutrient management tool called GoCrop that was developed through extensive work with farmers of all sizes. The webinar also includes a short case study on the strict nutrient management requirements in Vermont. The Waste to Worth 2017 conference registration is open. The newsletter highlights several policy and regulation topics as well as water quality. It also includes a science communication video and a strong focus on safety and health topics. More…

October 2016

The October newsletter has an exciting announcement about the 3rd Waste to Worth conference and highlights an upcoming webcast on manure and soil health. We also rundown a wide range of topics in the news from antibiotics to water quality and several in between, like composting and recycling digested manure solids for bedding. Check out the calendar of events and the news droppings, which include a manure “taste test” for dung beetles at a zoo. More…

September 2016

The first issue of autumn includes a webinar on the EPA nutrient recycling challenge and the progression from Phase I to Phase II. The “Around the Horns” section covers topics from a historical look at elections influenced by the animal ag industry and a report from Iowa State University on trends in funding for agricultural research and extension. It also includes several entries about nutrient management and antibiotics as well as greenhouse gases, air quality and more….

Summer 2016

After a short summer vacation, the newsletter and webcast series are back! The August webcast is about Manure Transport and Safety and will be the first in the new Zoom webinar room provided by eXtension. Save the date for Waste to Worth April 18-21, 2017. There is also  “Climate Impacts to Water” conference in January, 2017. Around the Horns includes sections on policy, sustainable ag, water quality, antibiotics, and several other topics. More…

May 2016

May brings news of a webcast on the National Air Quality Site Assessment Tool (NAQSAT) as well as drones and potential uses in animal agriculture. The LPELC webcast series will be moving to a new virtual meeting room in August. The newsletter is chock full of nutrient management news and upcoming webinar opportunities on small-scale digesters and a manure pit design tool. More…

April 2016

The first issue of spring includes a webcast on manure entomology and highlights manure-to-energy performance data from gasifiers and combustion systems installed on commercial poultry farms.  We look at composting pig mortalities and impacts on PEDv survivability, discussions on manure regulations and court cases, and several great nutrient management resources. More…

February/March 2016

This edition of livestock and poultry stewardship news reviewed part 2 of the series on manure storage pond liners and looks ahead to a presentation on antibiotic resistance. We also highlight a new series of videos on nutrient management and water quality regulations. Many links to stories related to hormones, antibiotics, and pathogens were found this month. Other topics covered also included grazing, farming systems, manure as a resource and much more.

January 2016

The first issue of 2016 gets things started off right with a webcast on manure storage pond liners. We also spotlight a manure experts database that lets you find knowledgeable people on many topics or in different geographical areas. The tour around news items takes us to grazing management, nutrient management, climate and methane, antibiotics, and more. There is also a long list of great events and webinars you may want to check out. More…