Clearing the Air on Biofilters

Biofilters have been widely adopted to filter gas, odor and particulate matter from livestock facilities. However, the science behind “how they work” and the configurations that are in practice are continually evolving. This webinar discusses past and present applications of biofilters, on-going research to better design and manage biofilters, and how to incorporate biofilters as part of an environment control system.This webcast was originally broadcast on December 7, 2012. More… Continue reading “Clearing the Air on Biofilters”

Microbes: From Farm to Public Risk

The movement of bacteria and viruses from AFOs, municipal waste water, septic systems, and wildlife continues to complicate water quality throughout the country and world. Though much has been learned in recent years, misconceptions and unknown areas still abound. This webinar discussed the latest trends in microbial source tracking efforts, fate and transport of bacteria in the environment, and quantitative microbial risk assessment.This presentation was originally broadcast on October 19, 2012. More… Continue reading “Microbes: From Farm to Public Risk”

Life-Cycle Assessment Modeling for the Pork Industry

green stylized pig logoDo the pork industry’s efforts to improve production and economics affect its greenhouse gas emissions and carbon foot print? Research by the University of Arkansas combined with efforts led by the National Pork Board indicates that increased production efficiencies have reduced the carbon footprint of each pound of pork produced.

Following up on the June 15th, 2012 webcast, this webinar presents an overview of a research and extension project wherein the existing research-based carbon footprint model is refined and expanded. The project goal is to improve this model’s ability to serve as a farm-level educational and decision aid tool that incorporates environmental, production, and economic concerns. The webcast also highlights feed management concepts and ongoing research, which are major components of the project. This webcast was originally broadcast on July 20, 2012. More… Continue reading “Life-Cycle Assessment Modeling for the Pork Industry”

Producer Association Efforts to Address Carbon Footprints: Pork and Poultry

green stylized pig logoHave you wondered how food animal producer groups have responded to the attention given to their industries as sources of greenhouse gas emissions? Wonder no longer. Since 2008, the National Pork Board has been working on a specific plan to assess and better understand the pork industry’s carbon footprint. This webinar introduces you to this project and shows highlighted current results of this research, including description of tools designed for producers to begin to assess greenhouse gas emissions and manage resource efficiency in sow and grow-finish production. This webcast was originally broadcast on June 15, 2012. More… Continue reading “Producer Association Efforts to Address Carbon Footprints: Pork and Poultry”

Adaptive Nutrient Management

The foundation of adaptive management is a rigorous and objective evaluation of management practices at the field level combined with a deliberate process to learn from the evaluations to make better decisions in the next season. The objective of this webcast is to teach participants about the concepts and practice of adaptive management in agricultural production. This presentation was originally broadcast on April 20, 2012. More… Continue reading “Adaptive Nutrient Management”

Chesapeake Bay 2012 – Implications of the TMDL

This is a follow-up webcast to Changing Management of Nutrients in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. That initial webcast told the story of why the TMDL was developed and the nuts and bolts of the TMDL as well as the next steps from 2010 to 2025. This webcasts shows the state response to the TMDL, the legal considerations of the TMDL and the effectiveness of policy interface between agriculture and the environment. This presentation was originally broadcast on February 17, 2012. More… Continue reading “Chesapeake Bay 2012 – Implications of the TMDL”