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ORAO 2018 Annual Conference | November 2 | Columbus, Ohio | Find out what’s happening in the composting world: compost benefits and use in organic crop production, in-vessel composting at the Akron Zoo, food waste collection, odor control and more! Click here for program and registration details.
Call for papers: Waste to Worth 2019 | April 22-26 | Minneapolis, Minnesota | This conference “brings together the nation’s best science on animal agriculture and the environment.” Proposals for oral and poster presentations, panel discussions, and workshops are due November 15. Note the student poster competition. Details
From OSU’s Ohio Agricultural Law Blog:
ODA again revises ‘watersheds in distress” rule. Peggy Kirk Hall explains the proposed rules on application of manure and fertilizer on frozen, snow-covered, or rain soaked land, which are being written in response to Governor Kasich’s executive order. Blog
From Ohio Country Journal:
Manure spill prevention. Rory Lewandowski (OSU) discusses how planning can decrease both the risk of a manure spill and potential impact should it happen. Article
From National Hog Farmer Daily:
Going a step further with environmental stewardship. This Michigan farms pays close attention to how it uses manure from 18,000 sows to improve crop production and protect water quality, and continues to look for improvements. Article
Building soil organic matter takes time. Extension educator Todd Whitney explains how application of dairy manure can build soil organic matter but why it can take up to a decade to realize a 1% increase. Article
USDA NRCS Weekly News:
USDA website puts soils information at your fingertips. This re-designed site is a “one-stop source for leading-edge tools and technologies to help farmers, ranchers, and other land users understand, evaluate and conserve soils.” Website
2018 Emerging Composter Challenge. The US Composting Council will provide awards to three entrepreneurs who are looking to grow their organics recycling business. Details
Quantity, components and value of waste materials landfilled in the United States. Researchers at Yale University used data on the composition of municipal solid waste being landfilled to assess the costs of landfilling specific components, and then determined the potential value of selected materials. Article
Oregon’s Bovine Manure Tax Credit isn’t the only ‘crappy’ credit that exists. A new incentive for renewable energy provides a tax credit for each wet ton of manure used to produce biofuel. New Mexico, Nevada and Arizona have similar programs. Article