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RUSLE2 and P Index Wkshps for Manure and Nutrient Plan Writers

Livestock producers and service providers can receive training on how to use the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation 2 (RUSLE2) and the Iowa Phosphorus Index for use in nutrient management and manure management plans at workshops being offered by Iowa State University Extension and the Iowa Manure Management Action Group (IMMAG), in collaboration with the Iowa USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service. The workshop will be held on Dec....

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Explosion Hazards with Manure Pumping

News reports have surfaced again detailing flash fires and explosions in livestock buildings while liquid pit manure was being agitated and pumped. Iowa State University Extension agricultural engineers say these episodes highlight the caution needed when agitating and pumping manure from pits beneath buildings. Liquid manure in pits undergoes slow decomposition which creates several gases including methane and hydrogen sulfide, both of...

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Phosphorus Leaching Differs in Dairy Manures

Written by: Ann Perry, Agricultural Research Service Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have found that solid dairy manure is better than commercial fertilizer in miti- gating the amount of phosphorus that can accumulate in water percolating through the soil. But using liquid dairy manure can make it worse. These findings could help farmers in the semiarid western United States protect local watersheds from agricultural pollut-...

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Producers Should Check State Law Changes for Confinements

Written by: Karen Grimes, Information Specialist, Iowa Department of Natural Resources As confinement livestock and poultry producers make plans for the future, they should be aware of changes in state law that may affect them. The laws are already in effect or will be in effect shortly. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has begun drafting rules to implement the laws and is planning to hold two stakeholder meetings in...

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Commercial Manure Applicator Certification Training Opportunity

Written by: AngieRieck-Hinz, Iowa State University Iowa State University Extension, in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will be hosting a statewide re-show of the 2009 Commercial Manure Applicator training program on August 19, 2009 from 9 a.m. to noon. This web- cast program will be the same training program that was offered in January 2009 and the training will meet the 3 hour re- quirement for the 2009 manure...

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The Upper Midwest Manure Handling Expo

The Upper Midwest Manure Handling Expo, held on Wednesday at the Central Iowa Expo Site near Boone, Iowa, went off without a hitch. People from around the country joined the 57 exhibitors in central Iowa for a day filled with educational seminars, field demonstrations and exhibitor displays. Approximately 1,000 people were in attendance for the Manure Expo including individuals from at least 14 US states and six Canadian Provinces. A...

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Upper Midwest Manure Handling Expo

Iowa State University and the Iowa Commercial Nutrient Applicators Association invite you to the 2009 Upper Midwest Manure Handling Expo-SET for Fall: Safety, Efficiency, & Technology on July 22, 2009 in Boone, Iowa. The 2009 Upper Midwest Manure Handling Expo is designed to provide an opportunity for exhibitors and consumers to discuss and compare manure-handling equipment, products and services as well as provide educational...

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