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Feb. 19, 2019
Glen Arnold gives tips for preventing spills at MSR 2018

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Save the date: Manure Science Review 2019 | August 7 | Rowe Dairy, Strasburg, Ohio

From the LPELC:
Free webinar: Using Manure to Improve Soil Health | March 1 at 2:30 pm EST | Two speakers will discuss practical research that focuses on principles and practices for using manure to increase soil organic matter formation.  |  Details

Waste to Worth 2019 | April 22-26 | Minneapolis, MN | This national conference is a chance to learn about the best science on animal agriculture and the environment.  |  Details

From OSU CFAES News:
Showers limiting days for spreading livestock manure | Typically, dairy and swine manure in storage ponds is land applied after fall harvest, but this years’ wet weather has limited opportunities to spread manure. OSU Extension educators are helping farmers consider other options, such as applying in the spring on growing corn.  |  Article

From Morning Ag Clips:
Water quality program for Ohio watersheds | Crop and livestock producers in three Ohio watersheds can apply to the USDA NRCS for assistance to install conservation practices, such as manure management systems, that protect water quality.  |  Article

New findings show saturated buffers effective | Saturated buffers divert water from drain tiles to the buffer zone where denitrification and uptake of nutrients can reduce nutrient loading of water resources. A study of 7 saturated buffers in 3 states show reduction of nitrate-N by 41%-98% over an 11-month period.  |  Article

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From National Hog Farmer:
Tech stands up to hype | An Iowa State University research found that the use of an electrostatic precipitator fence located downwind from ventilators at two swine building reduced odor by 31% and dust by 32%-50%, depending on particle size. He also noted that vegetative buffers and relocating fans higher above the manure pit can reduce emissions and may be more cost effective.  |  Article

Iowa producer doing right for the environment | The Iowa Pork Producers Association has committed $25,000 to help livestock producer install saturated buffers. A hog produce shares his experience with the buffers.  |  Article

From Manure Manager:
Preventing phosphorus buildup in soils from turkey manure | Tips for reducing excess P, which can runoff and lead to algae blooms, include using phytase in feed to improve digestibility and applying manure to meet crop P-needs. If using crop N-needs, manure should only be applied when P falls to an acceptable level.  |  Article

Are Pennsylvania poultry farms affecting the Chesapeake Bay Watershed? | Since 2010, the amount of N and P allowed into the bay has been restricted based on TMDL models that used old data. In 2016-2017 Penn State researchers analyzed manure from over 60 modern poultry farms to see if nutrient levels had changed. They concluded that feed is now more efficiently utilized and that farmers are doing a better job of managing manure than anticipated, thus models need to be updated.  |  Article

From the American Biogas Council:
EPA signs MOU with the Water Research Foundation (WRF) advancing nutrient management efforts | Building on the Nutrient Recycling Challenge competition, this agreement aims to facilitate collaboration for development and testing of manure management technologies and increase dissemination of information.  |  Article