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DNR Cutting Reminder Letters to Animal Producers

In the interest of efficiency, the DNR is looking for innovative ways to cut costs, so that vital services with an environmental benefit can be maintained. Consequently, the DNR will no longer send reminder letters to 5,590 livestock and poul- try producers who must submit annual manure management plan updates to the agency. “We have developed some alternative ways for producers to receive this information,” said Ken Hessenius, supervisor...

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SF432 – Restricting Liquid Manure Applications

Written by: Larry Kershner, FD Messenger, May 24, 2009 When both sides of an argument walk away disgusted over a compromise reached on a new law, one lawmaker said that that’s a positive sign. “We didn’t make everyone happy,” said state Sen. Rich Olive, D-Story City, vice chairman of the Senate ag committee, “so it must be a pretty good law.” Olive was referring to Senate File 432, which was passed in...

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DNR Issues Reminder to call in Manure, Chemical Spills

Written by: O.Kay Henderson, Radio Iowa, Wednesday, May 13, 2009 State officials are reminding businesses and farmers they are required by law to tell authorities when there are spills of liquid manure or farm chemicals. Ken Hessenius, supervisor of the Department of Natural Resources’ office in Spencer, is investigating three spills which have occured in his northwest Iowa region in the past 24 hours. “The concern is timely...

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Governor Signs SF 432

Application of Liquid Manure on Snow/Frozen Ground and Dry Bedded Livestock Regulations The Governor signed SF 432, the bill regulating liquid manure application on frozen ground and dry bedding, into law on May 26, 2009. ICNAA supported this legislation because it clarifies liquid manure application practices and simplifies the current Environmental Protection Commission (EPC) rule proposal. The EPC proposed rule called forth a complete...

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New Manure Nutrient Management Research Available

Written by: John Sawyer, Department of Agronomy Iowa crop and livestock farmers, as top producers of corn, soybeans, pork, eggs, and other agricultural products are in an advantageous position economically and environmentally. Not only do livestock producers enjoy the benefits of locally grown crops for the feed that they need, but crop producers also enjoy the benefits of using manure as a nutrient source. To help producers make the most...

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Water Quality and Livestock Issues Dominate January EPC Meeting

Rules for animal feeding operations, septic systems and the reclassification of Iowa streams based on their attainable were top- ics of discussion at the January 13th meeting of the Environmental Protection Commission in Urbandale. Commissioners were asked to initiate a rule proposal that would limit manure application on frozen or snow-covered ground to the times and places it is least likely to cause water quality problems. The rule...

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Sign-up for Updates from the Iowa Manure Management Action Group

The monthly IMMAG Update and the Odor and Nutrient Management Newsletter have moved to the iContacts dis- tribution system. In order to receive these informative updates you must go to http://www.agronext.iastate.edu/ immag/subscriptions.html and complete the on-line form. For more information contact Extension Program Special- ist, Angie Rieck-Hinz, at 515.294.9590.

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