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 »

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 »

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