February 2013 Newsletter Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center

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Webcast Series

Looking Ahead to the February 15 Webcast: “Waste to Worth Preview”

photo of a past conference focused on manure managementJoin us February 15, 2013 at 2:30 (eastern) for a look ahead to the program. If you have questions or suggestions for making the conference better–this is your chance! We will talk about focused sessions and the speakers, some of the “nuts and bolts” like registration and proceedings, and more.

Speakers: Mark Risse, University of Georgia; Joe Harrison, Washington State University; Mike Westendorf, Rutgers; Jill Heemstra, University of Nebraska

Future Topics

April-LIVE from Waste to Worth
May-Monoslope Beef Barns
As always, you can check out the recordings of past webcast at our webcast archive and view the schedule of webcast at upcoming webcasts.

The Waste to Worth ‘early bird’ registration deadline is March 1. The fee will increase $75 after that.
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Hotel Reservations must be made by March 1 to ensure the conference rate. Ask for “Waste to Worth” or “Livestock and Poultry”.
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We are accepting poster abstracts  until the hall is filled. (25 spots left)
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Ron Sheffield memorial student poster competition

What’s Going On In the LPELC?

Manure 101, Air Quality, Smartphone Apps

Manure 101. New curriculum materials for high school, jr. college and extension educators is available and covers the basics of manure storage, manure nutrients, and regulations. The module contains presentation slides, a lesson plan, and some examples exercises (calculations) on manure production. More…

Air Quality. A set of materials for classroom teachers (targeted mostly for college courses) and extension educators has been released. Each topic includes presentation slides. Varying by topic, but also included are fact sheets, slide shows, and lab exercises. Measuring Bioaerosols | Measuring Particulate Matter

Air Quality II. A series of videos and a decision tool produced by the University of Minnesota have recently been added to the LPELC air quality website. Check out Resources for Policy Makers | Health Impacts of Air Emissions | Biofilters and Manure Covers | Odors/Neighbors and Setbacks. The decision tool is designed to assess the costs of various air treatment technologies (scrubbers, biofilters, covers, digesters, manure belts, etc.) to assist in making the most economical decisions. Feedlot Air Treatment Cost Calculator is a spreadsheet and includes four video tutorials.

Smartphone Apps. Two new smartphone apps are available for animal ag producers and their advisers. Both apps are priced at 99 cents.

  • Manure Calculator (iTunes version | Google Play version) has three parts. One is to calculate the amount of manure spread (calibrate equipment). The second is to calculate the amount of nutrients spread using either book values or the producer’s own manure test values. The third is to estimate the approximate value of the manure relative to its fertilizer use. The app includes a feature to email information to keep as a permanent record.
  • Manure Monitor (iTunes version | Google Play version) is a record keeping app for animal feeding operations. It allows the user to develop a farm-wide emergency response plan and then sync that plan across all smartphones or tablets associated with the farm. A producer can also keep records on rainfall, manure storage inspections, mortality disposal, waterline inspection, manure transfers and equipment maintenance.

National Resources

Beginning Farmers, ATTRA Publications, State Program Highlights

Beginning Farmers. The USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) has released a new report “Beginning Farmers and Ranchers At a Glance”. If beginning or young farmers are part of your target audience, you should take a look. Beginning farmers are less likely to specialize in one commodity, and more likely to have off-farm income than established farms. More… | Related: LPELC Beginning Farmers website

ATTRA Publications. The National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service, or ATTRA, has recently released two publications that maybe of interest to our readers. “Guide for Organic Livestock Producers” steps through the process of becoming certified organic. “Small Scale Sustainable Rabbit Production” can help answer questions received from this growing group of producers.

State Program Highlights

  • North Dakota: NDSU has released a series of videos describing research and on-farm experience with integrating cover crops and livestock (beef) production. More…
  • Wisconsin: The University of Wisconsin Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems has released a handbook for experienced dairy and livestock farmers who would like to mentor interns. The handbook describes skills for mentoring, common problems, and a self-assessment guide. More…
  • Pennsylvania: PSU has released a list of considerations for winter manure application. More…

Have a state project or program you would like to see in this section? Email the details to jheemstra@unl.edu.

Hot Topics

Hot Air, Cover Crops, Litter Incineration, CAFO Rule Review, Manure Microbes

Hot Air. This topic is hot, literally! The USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has reported that a hot air treatment of cages used for transporting poultry reduces the levels of campylobacter bacteria to undetectable levels. More…Related: LPELC Manure Pathogens website

Cover Crops. Cover crops have been touted as a way to keep manure nutrients in place on a field. Selecting the right cover crop (in the Midwest anyway) just got a little easier thanks to a cover crop decision tool. More…

CAFO Rule Review. Under the “Regulatory Flexibility Act” the EPA is required to review rules every 10 years that affect a significant number of small entities. The 2003 CAFO Rule is up for review and comments have been extended to March 1, 2013. The comments should pertain to topics like the continued need for the rule, whether conditions have changed, complexity, duplication with other rules, and complaints or comments received. More… | Related: LPELC Regulations website

Manure Microbes. USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) research is looking to identify different types of microbes, including E. coli, that are found in the digestive tracts and in the excreted manure of cattle. The researchers are also looking at how animal diets impact pathogen transport in runoff from manure-applied fields. More… | Related: LPELC Manure Pathogens website

Events & Announcements

Midwest Manure Summit. Will be held on February 26-27, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Some of the topics include odors, phosphorus, sand and digesters. More…

Brazil Symposium. International Symposium on Agricultural and Agroindustrial Waste Management. March 12-14 in Sao Pedro, Brazil. More…

Climate Smart. The University of California-Davis will be hosting the Climate-Smart Agriculture Global Science Conference March 20-22, 2013. More…

AgSTAR Conference. The call for abstracts is out for the 7th annual National AgSTAR conference focused on anaerobic digestion and biogas recovery. Submission instructions and conference links are on the LPELC calendar of events. The conference will be held in June, 2013. More…

ASABE Conference. The call for papers for the 2013 ASABE Annual International Meeting is open. Those interested in submitting an abstract for a technical or poster presentation can submit at   http://asabe2013.abstractcentral.com (Submission deadline is December 13, 2012). The meeting will be held July 21-24, 2013 – Kansas City, Missouri.

Have your state/regional/national event added to this section of our newsletter. Send them to Jill at jheemstra@unl.edu

Manure In the News

A look at animal agriculture and manure in the news, serious, funny or controversial. Inclusion here does not constitute LPELC endorsement. In other words, we don’t create this stuff, we just link to it.

“Poultry Litter Incineration: An Unsustainable Solution” is a report from Food and Water watch website that is highly critical of the Maryland proposal to build a new power plant that would burn poultry litter. More…

Most expensive pinapple in the world grew in tons of horse manure (a ~$16,000 pineapple!) More…


If you have any questions about this newsletter, please contact Jill Heemstra jheemstra@unl.edu