Checking Ambition with Reality: The Pros and Cons of Different Approaches to Site Assessment

Purpose

This talk is intended to spark discussion over options related to site assessment for nutrient management. It will include a brief presentation followed by open discussion.

What did we do?

The revision of the USDA-NRCS national standard for nutrient management in 2011 was driven, in part, by inconsistencies in state phosphorus (P) indices, rekindling debates over standardizing indices at regional or national scales.…

Wisconsin Professional Manure Applicator Education


Why Look at Manure Applicator Educational Programs?

Based on 2013 statistics, Wisconsin has a dairy herd of 1.2 million cows that produce 12,000,000,000 gallons of manure and waste water. Custom manure haulers in Wisconsin handle an estimated fifty percent of the dairy manure and forty per cent of all livestock manure generated in Wisconsin.…

Nutrient Management Standards – Making Them Work Where We Work

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Abstract

The economics and environmental impacts of livestock production cross watershed boundaries and affects both rural and urban populations. In particular, the issue of manure management has been the subject of debate and new policies in recent years as the non-point source discharge of nutrients and bacteria can be substantial if manure is not managed properly.…