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 »

Scientists studying impact of manure spills

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) soil scientists are studying sediments in water channels to understand their role in phosphorus absorption during a manure spill. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Manure can be the difference between profit and loss

We welcome Dr. David Meisinger, Director of the U.S. Pork Center of Excellence as a new contributor to PorkNetwork. In this commentary, he discusses the financial benefits associated with nutrient resources and how producers can maximize manure's value. FULL STORY »

Odor mitigation strategies improve neighbor relations Play video

Clean pigs and clean buildings with effective ventilation systems play a vital role in minimizing odors. Prevailing winds, tree buffers and biofilters should also be considered to help odor mitigation efforts on swine operations. FULL STORY »

Advanced nutrient management course scheduled

The course is open to anyone interested in learning more about managing nutrients on farms and will be held at the University of Missouri Bradford Research Center in Columbia, Mo. FULL STORY »

EPA revises Clean Air Standards for stationary engines

In compliance with settlement agreements, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized revisions to standards to reduce air pollution from stationary engines that generate electricity and power equipment at industrial, agricultural, oil and gas production, power generation and other facilities. FULL STORY »

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria in crop fields

The occurrence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and antibiotic-resistant genes near swine operations has been reported. However, very little is known about their release from tile-drained fields receiving swine manure application. FULL STORY »

50 million acres enrolled in USDA conservation program

In just four years, America's top conservationists have enrolled 50 million acres in USDA's Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), a program that helps farmers, ranchers and forest landowners take conservation to the next level. FULL STORY »

Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy released for public comment

This week, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad joined Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and Director Chuck Gipp from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and John Lawrence from Iowa State University to announce the release of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy for public comment. FULL STORY »

Nebraska Extension TV program to air in December

A University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension television program highlighting the profession of animal manure and nutrient management will air in December on NET2. FULL STORY »

What total maximum daily load (TMDL) means to agriculture

Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) is becoming a common term in rural communities. It’s important for farmers to understand how TMDLs affect nearby watersheds. FULL STORY »

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