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From SWCS Conservation NewsBriefs:
Fertilizers’ impact on soil health compared | A University of Wisconsin study found that, compared to inorganic fertilizers, manure contributed to better soil pH, total N, soil organic C, and water-stable aggregates. | Article
World’s biggest pork producer pledges to cover manure ponds | Smithfield Foods plans to pay farmers to install plastic lagoon covers at more than 1,000 facilities it controls. The covers will reduce odors and allow capture of methane. | Article
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From Morning Ag Clips:
Venture formed to convert pig poop to power | A joint venture between Smithfield Foods and Dominion Energy will collect the biogas and separate out the methane for energy use. | Article
and on a related note . . .
From ABC Biogas News:
Why North Carolina’s poultry industry isn’t creating biogas like hog farms are | Increases in biogas production poultry litter is limited compared to swine manure due to fewer incentives and differences in manure characteristics and handling. | Article
From Manure Manager:
A snapshot of dairy nutrient management | The USDA’s National Health Monitoring Systems’ recently released report, “Nutrient Management Practices on U.S. Dairy Operations, 2014”, provides information on manure handling and storage methods for 1,261 farms in 17 states, including Ohio. | Article | Report
Dane County task force makes recommendations on reducing runoff that harms area’s waterways | Objective were condensed into eight objectives which range from improving manure management and storage to encouraging conservation efforts and expanding them through cost-share programs. | Article
MD Shore farms brace for latest phase-in of phosphorus rule | Maryland’s Phosphorus (P) Management Tool rule aims to limit the amount of manure that can be applied to fields with excessive soil P and high runoff risk. Farmers are concerned about increased costs due the need to purchase N fertilizers and to find alternative uses for the manure, while environmentalists are concerned about accountability. | Article