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Commercial Manure Applicators can Recertify at the 2011 Agribusiness Showcase & Conference

Commercial Manure Applicators can Recertify at the 2011 Agribusiness Showcase & Conference

The Agribusiness Showcase and Conference offers educational opportunities for everyone in agriculture while showcasing industry innovation and technology through featured speakers, presentations, and exhibitors.  The showcase and conference is about giving agribusiness as a whole, vendors, and attendees the opportunity to explore the innovative tools they need to grow their business, now and into the future. Nationally recognized speakers...

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Managing Manure Storage Structures During Wet Weather

Managing Manure Storage Structures During Wet Weather

Written by:  Robert Burn, ISU Extension Manure Management Specialist During excessively high rainfall periods Iowa producers with open manure storages should closely monitor manure levels to prevent these structures from over-topping. If manure levels in storage ponds or tanks approach full capacity producers should make plans to remove manure from these structures. The over-topping of bermed earthen storage ponds and lagoons could result...

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Ten Tips to Prepare for EPA Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Inspections

Ten Tips to Prepare for EPA Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Inspections

If you own a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO), you have probably heard about EPA’s inspection and enforcement activities in Region 7. These activities are part of an increased national emphasis aimed at ending harmful discharges of pollutants from CAFOs into rivers and streams. Having EPA show up at your facility for an inspection can sometimes be a daunting experience. Inspections are very comprehensive and typically cover all...

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Guidance Document for CAFOs

Guidance Document for CAFOs

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a guidance document for CAFOs. The document, Implementation Guidance on CAFO Regulations – CAFOs that Discharge or are Proposing to Discharge, provides guidance for CAFO owners and operators and NPDES    permitting authorities for evaluating whether a CAFO discharges or proposes to discharge. Owners and operators of CAFOs should use this document as a tool, because the EPA has been...

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Limits on Land Applying Confinement Manure Kick in December 21

A new state law kicks in Dec. 21, limiting the land application of liquid manure on snow-covered ground to emergency situations. The law does not apply to manure from open feedlots or dry manure. It applies to confinement (totally roofed) facilities with liquid manure that have 500 or more animal units. Generally, 500 animal units would be 1,250 finishing hogs; 5,000 nursery pigs; 500 steers, immature dairy cows or other cattle; or 357...

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Commercial Manure Applicator Training Scheduled For Jan. 6

AMES, Iowa — Commercial manure applicators can attend three hours of annual training to meet commercial manure applicator certification requirements on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010. Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will conduct a Commercial Manure Applicator Satellite uplink from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. There is no fee for the workshop but applicators must...

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On Farm Digestion: Considering the Options

On December 9, 2009, the Amana Farms Renewable Energy Center and Iowa State University Extension will be holding the education outreach program “On-Farm Anaerobic Digestion: Considering the Options”. The program will be held at the Iowa Artists Theatre Co. in the Amana Colonies, and it will be followed by a digester tour at the Renewable Energy Center. The three hour program beginning at 9:00 a.m. will contain information on the Amana...

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