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 »

U.S. pork producers committed to continuous improvement

In an effort to highlight a history of continuous improvement and responsible practices, the National Pork Board (NPB) is releasing its 2012 Pork Industry Progress Report, 'Responsible Farming. Our Heritage. Our Future.' FULL STORY »

The pros and cons of nanomaterials in ag

Although agriculture currently does not employ the use of nanomaterials, in the future, it may help reduce costs, increase efficiency and lead to more environmentally friendly applications in agriculture. However, their use could have a negative effect on microorganisms in the soil. FULL STORY »

ISU adds livestock engineer to faculty

A new faculty member in Iowa State University’s (ISU) Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering is researching and working with livestock producers on manure management and water quality matters. FULL STORY »

Iowa packer cleans up after fish kill

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has traced a fish kill in the West Branch of the Floyd River south of Sioux Center to the Sioux-Preme Packing Company. DNR officials continue to investigate the reason for the discharge. FULL STORY »

USDA captures ammonia from livestock waste

A new invention by USDA scientists could help streamline on-farm nitrogen management by allowing farmers to reduce potentially harmful ammonia emissions and concentrate nitrogen in a liquid product to sell as fertilizer. FULL STORY »

Short course targets swine design engineers

The University of Missouri Extension Commercial Agriculture Program is offering a new three-day seminar for swine producers and design engineers. The “PE Short Course – Design and Construction of Livestock Manure Systems to Meet MDNR Regulations” runs Nov. 14-16. FULL STORY »

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