Manure/Env.

Conservation Stewardship apps due Jan. 17

The popular Conservation Stewardship program is seeking producer participation. Through the program farmers have access to additional assistance to help them conserve resources. FULL STORY »

ICCI, HSUS notify Iowa farm of intent to file lawsuit

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement and the Humane Society of the United States have joined together against a sow farm operated by The Maschhoffs, LLC FULL STORY »

Baise: Stinging defeat for EPA and environmental groups

"The areas between the [livestock buildings] are clearly not the animal confinement area…" said the court. This language is critical for all CAFO operators. FULL STORY »

Sierra Club files complaint against Seaboard Food

The Kansas chapter of the Sierra Club filed a complaint against Seaboard Food Inc., for not meeting the standard set by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, even though KDHE granted an exception. FULL STORY »

Do not treat your manure like a waste

Livestock manure has been considered an asset to crop production since the beginning of organized agriculture. FULL STORY »

EPA requires changes to Iowa's CAFO standards

An agreement has been reached between EPA and the State of Iowa to upgrade Iowa’s Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) Permit and Compliance Program. FULL STORY »

Control swine manure deep-pit foaming to prevent flash fires

For swine farmers in the upper Midwest, August and September bring heightened safety concerns as the manure deep pits fill under their barns. FULL STORY »

Smithfield farmers won’t back down over odor complaint

Annoyed neighbors of Smithfield Foods-owned hog farms in North Carolina filed complaints over the smell of hog waste sweeping through the area and, earlier this month, threatened a lawsuit against the company. FULL STORY »

Adapting to climate change

Changing climate patterns already affect agriculture in the United States, and the effects will become more pronounced over the next 20 years. To sustain the ability to provide affordable food, feed, fiber and fuel in the future, U.S. agriculture and forestry will need to take a broad, collaborative approach in planning for and adapting to change, according to a new report from the 25x”25 Alliance. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Sick people are anti-farming activists

The University of North Carolina (UNC) academic environmental activists are leading the way in giving opponents of hog farming manure and sewage sludge fertilizers a national audience. This week “epidemiology researchers from the Gillings School of Global Public Health” at the university published their findings that such “fertilizers” spread on fields are making people horribly sick. FULL STORY »

Manure spills: Detailing the damage, finding a fix

A manure spill that reaches a nearby creek or river can create a serious environmental hazard because it significantly boosts phosphorus loads in the water. Now scientists at the USDA and their research partners have determined how channel sediments capture and release manure phosphorus, and have identified strategies for reducing phosphorus loads from manure spills. FULL STORY »

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