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October 12, 2016, Waupaca, WI – My family has been actively farming for five generations. I intend to represent the sixth. I was raised with an appreciation that agriculture — whether livestock or crops — is a fundamentally honorable profession. My family has always taken pride in being good stewards…
October 4, 2016, Colchester, VT – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $26.6 million in 45 new, national projects, including one located in Vermont. The project, which is receiving funding through Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG), will help reduce greenhouse gases and nutrient loading by providing another option for how…
October 3, 2016, Hanford, CA — A landmark methane reduction law signed recently by Gov. Jerry Brown has local dairy farmers wondering how they’ll achieve the goal. The bill is likely to require dairies to cut their manure methane emissions to 60 percent of 2013 levels by 2030. READ MORE
October 3, 2016, Haverhill, MA – A waste-to-energy digester that's been proposed for Crescent Farm in Bradford will actually reduce the cow manure odor, representatives of Vanguard Renewables told neighbors recently. Michael Davidowicz, whose family has owned and operated Crescent Farm for three generations, wants to put the digester on…
September 30, 2016, Milroy, IN – A Milroy man facing two felony charges related to a fish kill in June in the Little Flatrock River appeared for his initial hearing in Rush County Circuit Court on Sept. 19. He was advised of his constitutional and statutory rights; read charges, penalties…
August 19, 2016, Abbotsford, BC – An Abbotsford man says he is turning cow and chicken manure into valuable resources and he may get international recognition for his efforts. Chris Bush of the Catalyst Agri-Innovations Society says his system takes cow and chicken poop and converts it to natural gas,…
August 17, 2016, Sheldon, VT – One Vermont dairy farm is taking a novel approach to reducing polluted runoff in Lake Champlain by spinning its manure in a centrifuge to remove some of the phosphorus that has contributed to toxic algae blooms. Machia and Sons Dairy LLC is believed to…
August 15, 2016, Adrian, MI – When the former Vreba-Hoff Dairy closed two years ago, it left behind a history of environmental concerns. The new owners of that operation — which runs the Hudson Dairy and a similar operation in Medina Township — said they are working hard to change…
August 15, 2016, Brookings, SD – Flies are a problem for cattle, but the answer to controlling them could lie with another insect. South Dakota State University graduate student Jacob Pecenka of Mitchell is studying the role of the dung beetle in breaking down manure and controlling flies. READ MORE…
August 15, 2016, Millington Township, MI — A 55-year-old man has died after being found in a manure pit on his dairy farm in Michigan's Thumb region. The pit is about a dozen feet deep and had a foot to 16 inches of liquid manure at the bottom. READ MORE
August 15, 2016 – First they came after the oil producers, then manufacturers, and now they’re coming for the cows. Having mandated emissions reductions from fossil fuels, California’s relentless progressives are seeking to curb the natural gas emanating from dairy farms. READ MORE
August 12, 2016, Everson, WA – Two neighboring Whatcom County dairies have been fined $4,000 apiece by the state Department of Agriculture for discharging manure into a tributary of the Sumas River, causing fecal coliform levels to exceed water quality standards for nine days in March. The penalties imposed on…
August 2, 2016, Vernon, VT – Vern-Mont Farm co-owner Jeff Dunklee chalks up changes in the way cow manure is handled at his farm to "Yankee frugality." After a rotary drum compost system was purchased from DariTech and installed last year along with a manure-solid separator from EYS, the recycled…
July 28, 2016, Bellingham, WA — Dairy farmers and environmentalists criticized new manure-control rules the state Department of Ecology plans to finalize early next year, accusing state regulators of being too meddlesome or too lax. At the first of two public hearings on the proposal, farmers said dairies already are…
July 27, 2016 – Clothing made from cow manure? Don't pooh-pooh the idea just yet. After all, dung is serious business, particularly in the Netherlands, where a booming dairy industry has already outstripped the so-called "phosphate ceiling" of 172.9 million kilograms per year. READ MORE
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