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November 11, 2016 – A study conducted by researchers from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Austria, shows that the use of wood shavings and sawdust in dairy barns instead of straw bedding is especially good for cow claw health. A comparison with other barn types demonstrated that cows…
November 10, 2016, Puyallup, WA – Over the next two years, researchers of Washington State University will build and operate a mobile system to fully develop a phosphorous-rich fertilizer in Washington State. The project now is to build and operate a mobile struvite system, applying fluidized bed technology, to efficiently…
November 9, 2016, Trenton, FL – Ron St. John, originally of Oakfield, New York, was raised with agriculture values. He moved to Florida in 1986 and built Levy County Dairy, which is now the site of Southpoint Dairy. In 1990 he joined Sandy McArthur in creating Alliance Dairies. It was…
November 4, 2016, Seattle, WA – Over the next two years, researchers at Washington State University will build and operate a mobile system to fully develop a phosphorous-rich fertilizer in Washington State. Since 2004, WSU researchers have been refining technology to capture excess phosphorous from liquid dairy cow manure in…
November 1, 2016, Glenwood, MN – Dorrich Dairy, just south of Glenwood, has a new manure composting system that converts manure into bedding for the cows. They are the first farm in the state to install such a system, and it is generating a lot of interest. On a recent…
November 1, 2016, Fond du Lac, WI – The Town of Oakfield is looking at a stricter ordinance regarding the use of liquid manure on farm fields. More than 50 people attended a recent public hearing held by the town’s plan commission about prohibiting the use of liquid manure on…
October 31, 2016, Urbana, IL - With harvest winding down and manure application underway, it's a good time to remember manure safety, says Rich Gates, professor and Extension specialist at the University of Illinois. "Any liquid/slurry stores, when agitated, will release toxic hydrogen sulfide and methane gasses that can be…
October 25, 2016, Boonsboro, MD — “Nutrient management is alive and well in Maryland,” according to University of Maryland Extension agent Jeff Semler. One aspect of nutrient management is manure injection, which was featured during a recent field day at Debaugh Dairy Farm in Boonsboro. The field day was funded…
October 21, 2016, Milwaukee, WI – Wisconsin's utility regulator is planning to spend more money on energy projects, including a plan to help underwrite the use of digesters that convert cattle manure into electricity. The state Public Service Commission voted on recently to increase funding for manure digesters that convert…
October 19, 2016, Grandview, WA — Plumes of dust blowing off piles of manure, the smell of ammonia in the air, polluted groundwater, and a deadly birth defect cluster have residents of Yakima’s Lower Valley worried a new state permit meant to regulate dairy farms won’t do enough to protect…
October 12, 2016, Clovis, CA – A few weeks ago we told you about concerns within the dairy industry following Califronia’s most recent climate legislation. The new laws require livestock producers to cut methane emissions from manure by almost half before the year 2030. It seems a tall task, but…
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…

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