Collaborating on Integrated Projects

Collaborating on integrated projects can seem difficult, but, when implemented well, the potential for beneficial outcomes from such projects can make facing the challenges very worthwhile. That’s part of the reason why there’s growing movement by funding agencies toward supporting integrated, collaborative projects. Here are a few tips to help make collaborating on integrated efforts more enjoyable.

    • Involve all collaborators from start to finish.
        • When developing an integrated project, include all prospective collaborators from the beginning. Involving project team members early helps develop a coherent shared vision and makes collaborators feel like they are truly a team that is working on one integrated project.
        • Avoid making last-minute requests for an outreach plan from extension, stakeholder engagement, partners in on-farm demonstration efforts, or matching funds, etc. Some thoughtful planning can lead to more productive collaborations and outcomes.
        • Extension personnel appreciate being included as an author in research publications related to the project. Research can be much more impactful when practical implications of results are communicated to lay audiences and through stakeholder networks.
        • Stakeholder engagement is important as well. By keeping the communication with the stakeholders open, you avoid trying to explain or give directions to someone without prior engagement.
    • Be specific and ready to answer questions.
        • Here are just a few on the questions that might be asked, and collaborators should be ready to answer:
            • What are you asking of a collaborator and what will be done by someone else?
            • What is the goal of the project?
            • Is there funding to do everything you’re proposing?
            • Will you need to hire other help?
        • Clearly define the roles of collaborators and their organizations. This can help prevent confusion between collaborators on how much they are responsible for in the project.
        • Have a clear title and summary of the project to communicate the project and how things tie together. This can help collaborators that might have joined after the collaboration has started.
        • Make sure your plan includes objectives that specifically relate to the collaborator and have programming funds built into on-farm demonstration efforts.
    • Be ready for collaborators and stakeholders who are promoting or wary of products/systems.
        • Use the diverse backgrounds and past experiences of your collaborators to your advantage. Collaborators with different perspectives may see things in ways that you don’t. Because of previous experiences, collaborators may be wary of some aspects of the proposal. For example:
            • Specific products:
                Some collaborators may have concerns about side effects of products, so they may be wary of its use, but they may have ideas how to test for those side effects.
            • Equipment usage or practicality:
                Some collaborators may better understand how the end user needs the equipment to work for them, so have them help with prototype development so it’s easier to take the equipment from prototype to commercial production.
            • Certain systems:
                If you’re trying to bring a certain system to a new area, stakeholders and collaborators may be able to provide insight about other systems that have been tried in their area, both successfully and not-so-much.
        • Just because collaborators and stakeholders may be wary of your proposal doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be included. In fact, the opposite may be true. They may be able to guide the proposal in a way that strengthens it but be prepared for a little push back.

It takes some effort to build a productive team and keep everyone on the same page, but good collaborations are hard to beat.

Responsible Antibiotic Use on Dairy Farms

Are you ready for a pop quiz?

Off the top of your head, how would you answer the following questions:

    • How often do dairy cattle receive antibiotics in dairy farms in the US?
      • a) Daily
      • b) As needed and advised by a veterinarian
    • Are there more antibiotics in milk from cows raised without antibiotics or cows raised on conventional farms?
      • a) Conventional farms
      • b) Neither, all milk is tested and removed from the food supply if it contains antibiotics, no matter the source.

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American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) Continuing Education Units

These webcasts have been approved for 1 continuing education unit (each) as part of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) program. To receive CEUs, view a live or archived webcast, complete an evaluation (if available), and contact ARPAS, 217-356-5390 to have the credit applied to your CEU balance. Repeat this process for each webcast being utilized for CEUs.

2022 Webinars

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2021 Webinars

Topics include: Edge of Field Monitoring, PFAS, Food Safety, Digesters & Natural Gas, Manuresheds, Extreme Events, Antimicrobial Resistance, Sustainability, Weeds, and Soil Health. More…

2020 Webinars

Topics include: Less typical species, designer manure, precision technologies, human health, poultry systems, communicating science, compost emissions, PFAS, and manure transfers. More…

2019 Webinars

Topics include: Separation technologies, soil health, cleaning barn exhaust air, pathogens, antimicrobial resistance, greenhouse gas emissions, nutrient inventories, and phosphorus management. More…

2018 Webinars

Topics include: Emergency response, treatment technologies, manure foaming, small farm equipment, manure’s impact on soil, manure irrigation, manure pit death, sampling, and biosecurity. More…

2017 Webinars

Topics include: Climate resiliency, avian influenza, side-dressing nitrogen on emerged corn, runoff risk advisory tools, anaerobic digestion, manure handling safety, long-term manure application, and managing edge of field losses.. More…

2016 Webinars

Topics include: Construction and maintenance of manure ponds, antibiotic resistance, manure entomology, NAQSAT, Drones, manure safety and transport, the nutrient recycling challenge, Vermont nutrient management training course, and pathogens. More…

2015 Webinars

Topics include: Manure Apps, Gypsum Bedding, Livestock Housing, Tile Drained Lands, Micro Manure Management, Horse Manure Composting, Uses of Biochar, Thermal Manure-to-Energy Systems, Mortality Management during Avian Influenza, Communication Pathways, Communicating During Controversy. More…

2014 Webinars

Topics include: Capturing Nutrients, Manure as a biofuel, Water Quality Index, Liquid manure nutrients, Carbon credits, Bioaerosols, WOTUS, Biosecurity, Mortality composting, Whole Farm Nutrient management, Winter manure application, Next generation activities. More…

2013 Webinars

Topics include: Risk Management, Waste to Worth, Mono-slope beef barns and research results, Bioavailability of Phosphorus, Capturing Nutrients. More…

2012 Webinars

Topics include: Biofilters, The 4Rs, Microbes, Life-Cycle Assessments, Carbon Footprints, Nitrates, Adaptive Nutrient Managment, Chesapeake Bay, Emergency Management. More…

2011 Webinars

Topics include: Top-dressing manure, Chesapeake Bay, Soil Health, Reducing Odor Risk, Anaerobic Digestion, NMP implementation, NAEMS, Lagoon Closure, Manure Economics, 2011 NPDES CAFO rule. More…

2010 Webinars

Topics include: Cover Crops, Vegetative Environmental Buffers, Mortality Composting, Manure Spills, NAQSAT, Manure on No-Till, SPCC, Ammonia Emissions. More…

2009 Webinars

Topics include: Feeding Strategies, Carbon Footpring, Conserving Nitrogen, AFO Inspection, Mortalities, Air Emissions, Grazing Management. More…

2008 Webinars

Topics include: Market Based Conservation, Antibiotics and Hormones, Dry Manure Housing Systems, Ammonia, Small Farms, Regulations, Manure Management Planner Software. More…

2007 Webinars

Topics include: Integrated Nutrient Management, Manure Application to Legumes, Value of Manure in Land Application, Smithfield Project, Value Added Processing of Manure, Manure Treatment Technologies, Value of Manure in Energy Generation, Vegetative Treatment Systems, and Innovative Manure Treatment Technologies. More…

2006 Webinars

Topics include: CNMP Core Curriculum, Pathogens, EPA CAFO Regulations. More…

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2022 Webcasts Approved for ARPAS Continuing Education Units

These webcasts have been approved for 1 continuing education unit (each) as part of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) program. To receive CEUs, view a live or archived webcast, complete an evaluation (if available), and contact ARPAS, 217-356-5390 to have the credit applied to your CEU balance. Repeat this process for each webcast being utilized for CEUs.

2022 Webinars

More Webinars…

2021 Webinars

Topics include: Edge of Field Monitoring, PFAS, Food Safety, Digesters & Natural Gas, Manuresheds, Extreme Events, Antimicrobial Resistance, Sustainability, Weeds, and Soil Health. More…

2020 Webinars

Topics include: Less typical species, designer manure, precision technologies, human health, poultry systems, communicating science, compost emissions, PFAS, and manure transfers. More…

2019 Webinars

Topics include: Separation technologies, soil health, cleaning barn exhaust air, pathogens, antimicrobial resistance, greenhouse gas emissions, nutrient inventories, and phosphorus management. More…

2018 Webinars

Topics include: Emergency response, treatment technologies, manure foaming, small farm equipment, manure’s impact on soil, manure irrigation, manure pit death, sampling, and biosecurity. More…

2017 Webinars

Topics include: Climate resiliency, avian influenza, side-dressing nitrogen on emerged corn, runoff risk advisory tools, anaerobic digestion, manure handling safety, long-term manure application, and managing edge of field losses.. More…

2016 Webinars

Topics include: Construction and maintenance of manure ponds, antibiotic resistance, manure entomology, NAQSAT, Drones, manure safety and transport, the nutrient recycling challenge, Vermont nutrient management training course, and pathogens. More…

2015 Webinars

Topics include: Manure Apps, Gypsum Bedding, Livestock Housing, Tile Drained Lands, Micro Manure Management, Horse Manure Composting, Uses of Biochar, Thermal Manure-to-Energy Systems, Mortality Management during Avian Influenza, Communication Pathways, Communicating During Controversy. More…

2014 Webinars

Topics include: Capturing Nutrients, Manure as a biofuel, Water Quality Index, Liquid manure nutrients, Carbon credits, Bioaerosols, WOTUS, Biosecurity, Mortality composting, Whole Farm Nutrient management, Winter manure application, Next generation activities. More…

2013 Webinars

Topics include: Risk Management, Waste to Worth, Mono-slope beef barns and research results, Bioavailability of Phosphorus, Capturing Nutrients. More…

2012 Webinars

Topics include: Biofilters, The 4Rs, Microbes, Life-Cycle Assessments, Carbon Footprints, Nitrates, Adaptive Nutrient Managment, Chesapeake Bay, Emergency Management. More…

2011 Webinars

Topics include: Top-dressing manure, Chesapeake Bay, Soil Health, Reducing Odor Risk, Anaerobic Digestion, NMP implementation, NAEMS, Lagoon Closure, Manure Economics, 2011 NPDES CAFO rule. More…

2010 Webinars

Topics include: Cover Crops, Vegetative Environmental Buffers, Mortality Composting, Manure Spills, NAQSAT, Manure on No-Till, SPCC, Ammonia Emissions. More…

2009 Webinars

Topics include: Feeding Strategies, Carbon Footpring, Conserving Nitrogen, AFO Inspection, Mortalities, Air Emissions, Grazing Management. More…

2008 Webinars

Topics include: Market Based Conservation, Antibiotics and Hormones, Dry Manure Housing Systems, Ammonia, Small Farms, Regulations, Manure Management Planner Software. More…

2007 Webinars

Topics include: Integrated Nutrient Management, Manure Application to Legumes, Value of Manure in Land Application, Smithfield Project, Value Added Processing of Manure, Manure Treatment Technologies, Value of Manure in Energy Generation, Vegetative Treatment Systems, and Innovative Manure Treatment Technologies. More…

2006 Webinars

Topics include: CNMP Core Curriculum, Pathogens, EPA CAFO Regulations. More…

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Carbon Markets for Livestock Operations: Manure Treatment and Handling

The first in a series of 3 webinars, this presentation introduces the fundamentals of carbon emissions, as well as technologies, practices and market opportunities available to agricultural producers are critical to that transition on the livestock operation. This presentation was originally broadcast on November 18, 2022. Continue reading “Carbon Markets for Livestock Operations: Manure Treatment and Handling”

Live Webinar Information

The next webinar will be held in February, 2023. It will be focused on manure and soil health. More information coming soon.

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Certified Crop Advisers (CCA)

    • CCAs attending a live webinar should register as such upon sign in to the webinar. This information will be submitted to the CCA program.
    • CCAs viewing any of our past (archived) webinars can receive credit through the self-study option by following links on the CCA Continuing Education page.

American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS)

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    • ARPAS members viewing any of our past webinars can also self-certify those credits at the ARPAS Continuing Education page.

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    • Members of other programs attending live webinars, should log into the virtual meeting room with their first and last name. During registration for the webinar, request an attendance list and flyer from the webinar manager, Leslie Johnson at leslie.johnson@unl.edu. The member can submit that information to their certifying organization for consideration.
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Certified Crop Advisers (CCA) Continuing Education Units Available Through the Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center

How Do I Get CEUs?

Certified Crop Advisors (CCA), Certified Professional Agronomists (CPAg), and Certified Professional Soil Scientists (CPSS) are eligible for CEUs. You can obtain them by doing one of the following:

    1. View a live webinar. You will be instructed to submit your name, email and CCA# during registration. This will be submitted to the CCA program along with an attendance list.
    2. View an archived webinar, and click on the quiz link on each page or search for the title of the webinar in the CCA course catalog. The CCA program charges a fee for CEUs obtained through self-study.

Nutrient Management CEUs

Soil & Water Management CEUs

Professional Development CEUs

Crop Management CEUs

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Webinar Series

poultryThe Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Community offers a free monthly webinar on a variety of issues related to animal manure management.

Next Live Webinar

The next webinar will be held in February, 2023. It will be focused on manure and soil health. More information coming soon.

Webinar Schedule

The upcoming webinars will continue to include air and water quality topics. As webcast topics and speakers are finalized, they are posted at Upcoming Webcasts and announced in the newsletter.

Attending a Live Webinar

The webinars are presented live on the third Friday of each month (some exceptions apply) at 2:30 pm (eastern), 1:30 pm (central), 12:30 pm (mountain) and 11:30 am (pacific). All webinars are recorded and archived for on-demand viewing.

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Due to system changes in the summer of 2016, the URL for the webinar will change each time, so please plan to connect through the Live Webinar Information page.

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Continuing Education Units

The webcast series has been approved for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through the Certified Crop Advisers (CCA) and to members of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS).