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 »

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 »

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 »

Ohio State program to discuss algae and water quality

Farmers and other citizens interested in learning more about the growing issue of algae in Ohio waters can participate in a Nov. 8 discussion by experts from Ohio State University Extension and the U. S. Department of Agriculture. 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 »

Manure application tips for drought-stressed fields Play video

Allan Stokes, National Pork Board’s director of environmental programs, offers tips for manure application on drought-stressed land as well as successful manure management strategies that can be applied throughout the year. FULL STORY »

Minimizing mining damage with manure

USDA research confirms that the time-tested practice of amending crop soils with manure also can help restore soils on damaged post-mining landscapes. FULL STORY »

Swine barn explosion injures two

Two workers at an Ontario, Canada swine barn were seriously injured in an explosion on Sunday afternoon, according to Authorities said the two men were pumping manure from the barn when the explosion occurred. FULL STORY »

Rich nations owe more to combating global climate change

Major emerging economies' obligations to cut emissions under a climate change agreement should not be the same as those of rich countries, Brazil's chief negotiator said, signaling a retreat to an old position that has hamstrung years of U.N. negotiations. FULL STORY »

Soil nutrients from livestock manure are valuable

Fertilizer prices have increased dramatically over the last decade. Soil fertility is a critical factor affecting yield potential. Nutrients should be spread evenly over fields, rather than allow nutrients to build to high levels on a few fields. FULL STORY »

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