Cyanobacteria harmful to livestock, humans

Watch out for green or blue-green scum in livestock water supplies, lakes and other recreational waterways. FULL STORY »

Conservation crossroads

Agricultural conservation programs have provided multiple benefits to farmers, ranchers, wildlife and the general public, but as Congress works to incorporate big spending cuts in the next farm bill, funding for those programs will shrink. To help inform Congress and public about potential economic impacts of conservation policy decisions, the Council on Food, Agriculture and Resource Economics (C-FARE) this week released the “Conservation Crossroads” series of reports from top economists. FULL STORY »

Turn crop practices into carbon credits

Cover crops, reduced nitrogen application and other practices that improve nitrogen use efficiency in crop production could earn carbon credits for your farm. FULL STORY »

Projecting agricultural impacts of climate change

In a summer like this, as we watch crop conditions wither in record-setting heat and dry conditions, we might wonder whether we’re seeing an anomaly or a preview of coming years. And if the climate is changing, how will it affect agricultural production? A new report from the USDA’s Economic Research (ERS) service examines those questions, evaluating how agricultural production could adapt to a range of climate scenarios. FULL STORY »

Odor management using three types of manure treatment systems

Odor is perhaps the biggest issue facing the animal industry. The best way to address odor is in a proactive manner. FULL STORY »

FAO to improve livestock’s environmental impact measures

A new United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)-led partnership is looking to improve how the environmental impacts of the livestock industry are measured and assessed, a necessary first step in improving the sustainability of this important food production sector. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Global warming – in my backyard!

It is hot outside. I’ll bet it’s hot where you live too. The United States is experiencing one of the hottest summers on record, with more than 40,000 new records set for daily high temperatures. Inevitably, unusual weather, and especially unusually hot weather, brings widespread discussion of the specter of global warming. Often, these discussions focus on the wrong data, namely, local weather. FULL STORY »

Manure part of the CERCLA discussion

Manure as a “hazardous material” reenters the political conversation periodically, and last week once again had a House committee listening to arguments. FULL STORY »

Ranchers, farmers seeking solutions to U.S. water worries

Across the globe, water consumption has tripled in the last 50 years, and at least 36 U.S. states are anticipating some water shortages by 2013, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). FULL STORY »

Safety guidelines for pumping manure from deep pitted barns

Livestock farmers need to take precautions when agitating and pumping manure stored in deep pitted barns. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: Summer heat is here

Summer weather is upon us, with all the misery that comes with it for many of our production facilities. I’ve been doing quite a few meetings and presentations these past weeks with industry supplier sales forces and producer groups regarding recommended management practices for summer heat in production facilities. FULL STORY »

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