Regulatory and public scrutiny of the livestock industry’s manure-management practices continues to increase. Having access to science-based information with sound manage-ment recommendations is critical.

A prime example is the Livestock and Poultry Environmental Stewardship curriculum. It consists of 26 lessons that address how to achieve high environmental standards relative to the following topics: nutrient management, animal dietary strategies, manure storage and treatment, land application and outdoor air quality.

“National experts on manure-management issues from land-grant universities, the Environmental Protection Agency and USDA developed the lessons specifically for producers,” says Jeff Lorimor, agricultural engineer at Iowa State University. “This resource provides a comprehensive review with supporting recommendations for ensuring an operation’s environmental stewardship.”

The LPES curriculum will serve as a reference for producers by answering the following questions:

  • What is a Phosphorus Index ?
  • How is odor measured?
  • What is the value of phytase in the diet of a monogastric animal?
  • Are new technologies for reducing odor available?
  • What issues should be reviewed during a manure storage inspection?

This educational product provides answers, on-farm assessment tools and optional recordkeeping forms for a wide range of manure-management topics.

The curriculum is available as a printed document or as a CD-Rom.

In addition to the curriculum’s original 26 lessons, the LPES team has released a series of 24 fact sheets addressing the EPA’s new Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations regulations. Each fact sheet addresses a common producer question about the regulations, with a non-technical review of the regulations and recommendations on how to achieve compliance.

Questions such as “Does my farm need a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit?” “What is the timeline for achieving compliance?” “Will I need a nutrient management plan?” Those questions and others will be answered succinctly by experts from land-grant universities, USDA and Natural Resource and Conservation Service.

You can review the individual LPES lessons and CAFO fact sheets, on the LPES Web site found at www.lpes.org. If you would like to order a copy of the LPES CD-Rom, printed document or CAFO fact sheets, contact MidWest Plan Service. Online ordering is available through the catalog section of the MWPS’ Web site at www.mwpshq.org or call (800) 562-3618.

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