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  A mobile system for removing phosphorus from cow manure may offer dairy farmers greater flexibility in where, when, and how they use the nutrient to fertilize crops. The idea behind the Manure Phosphorus Extraction System (MAPHEX) is to remove phosphorus and concentrate it in a form easier to manage,…
  For Eric TeVelde, owner of Open Sky Ranch Dairy near Riverdale, Calif., the business case to purchase a deeply discounted, mothballed, but structurally sound anaerobic digester on his newly-acquired farm was just too good to ignore. TeVelde, who purchased the Central Valley dairy in 2012, now operates five, free-stall…
March 16, 2017, Green Bay, WI – Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources recently responded to a manure spill, estimated at 100,000 gallons, in southeast Brown County. The manure release occurred sometime March 13 when a valve was left open by a farm employee. It was reported by the farm late…
March 15, 2017, Olympia, WA — An engineer told Washington lawmakers March 14 that public funding would spur technology to distill cow manure into dry fertilizer and clean water, making polluted runoff from dairies a problem of the past. The Washington State Dairy Federation arranged back-to-back presentations to the House…
March 13, 2017, Newkirk, IA – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources field office in Spencer responded March 9 to a small manure spill about 0.5 miles south of Newkirk in Sioux County. A commercial manure applicator was land-applying manure from a dairy operation when a drag hose developed a…
March 9, 2017 – Dane County Executive Joe Parisi recently announced a new program to help clean up area lakes by assisting small and medium sized farms store manure in the winter. About $1.1 million will be available this spring for farmers to apply to help build community manure storage…
March 9, 2017, Salem, OR – Oregon’s anticipated budget shortfall has prompted lawmakers to consider limiting tax credits for processing livestock manure into energy in biodigesters. Under House Bill 2853, tax credits would only be available for manure processed in biodigesters that were operational before the end of 2016. READ…
March 7, 2017 – Rotterdam-based architects are coming up with plans to transform the city through the construction of a floating dairy farm, which is expected to commence operation later this year. The Floating Farm project team is led by Peter van Wingerden, Carel de Vries and Johan Bosman of…
March 6, 2017, Outlook, WA – An Outlook dairy has unleashed a flood of hazardous water into and around nearby homes. According to the state’s Department of Agriculture, a small levee broke in a field owned by a nearby dairy. A mix of water and dairy waste then moved across…
March 2, 2017, Freeport, MN – A man was who was pulled from a manure pit following a skid loader accident Feb. 28 has died as a result of the incident, according to the Stearns County Sheriff's Office. The man was operating a skid loader on his farm in Krain…
March 1, 2017, Madison, WI – With an early spring looking like a good possibility, Wisconsin agriculture officials are asking farmers to check the Runoff Risk Advisory Forecast online before spreading manure. They encourage farmers to avoid spreading manure during high-risk runoff times. If farmers must spread manure during such…
March 1, 2017, Hilmar, CA – Two years into an experiment in dairy manure handling, the worms are proving their worth. A $483,950 federal grant helped pay for a system where these creatures break down most of the nitrogen in water used to flush out dairy stalls. The partners aim…
February 27, 2017, Shoshone, ID – Officials with the Idaho State Department of Agriculture are investigating the source of water contamination in Lincoln and Gooding counties in south-central Idaho and possible discharges from a nearby dairy. Residents in the area have reported foul-smelling and discolored tap water, and the South…
February 24, 2017, Central Saanich, BC – Stanhope Dairy Farm Ltd. and the District of Central Saanich have agreed to a settlement, allowing the operation to continue its farming practices. “We are satisfied with this being an outcome. I know that there are some residents who have different feelings on…
February 23, 2017, Green Bay, WI – In a new study of groundwater conditions in dairy farm-intensive Kewaunee County, researchers found higher levels of well contamination from cattle during wet weather events — when manure, rain and melting snow can seep quickly into the ground. But the results also show…

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