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May 14, 2014, Winnipeg, Man – The executive director of the Manitoba Livestock Manure Management Initiative says efforts to contain PED have changed how manure is managed. Last week the office of Manitoba’s Chief Veterinary Officer confirmed an investigation related to a positive sample from a high traffic site has…
The 2014 World Pork Expo comes to the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, June 4-6, 2014. Sponsored by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), World Pork Expo features the world’s largest pork-specific trade show, educational seminars, swine shows and sales, and so much more. “If you’re shopping for…
Jan. 7, 2014 - Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a simple, effective and relatively inexpensive technique for removing lignin from the plant material used to make biofuels, which may drive down the cost of biofuel production. Lignin, nature's way of protecting plant cell walls, is difficult to…
Dec. 23, 2013 - Scientists at the University of York have made a significant step in the search to develop effective second generation biofuels. Researchers from the Department of Chemistry at York have discovered a family of enzymes that can degrade hard-to-digest biomass into its constituent sugars. 'First generation' biofuels…
Dec. 16, 2013 - In the late afternoon, when fidgety dairy cows start milling around, they stir up a heavy layer of dust that hangs over the yard. This airborne dust does more than signal potential rowdiness among the livestock. It contains bacteria, viruses, fungi, and small bacterial remnants called…
Photo courtesy of Aaron Wright/PNNL. Nov. 26, 2013 - Scientists have charted a significant signaling network in a tiny organism that's big in the world of biofuels research. The findings about how a remarkably fast-growing organism conducts its metabolic business bolster scientists' ability to create biofuels using the hardy microbe…
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Sept. 19, 2013, Indianapolis, IN - Unlikely as it may sound, giant pandas Ya Ya and Le Le in the Memphis Zoo are making contributions toward shifting production of biofuels away from corn and other food crops and toward corn cobs, stalks and other non-food…
September 3, 2013, Inwood, IA — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is investigating a manure release to an unnamed tributary of the Rock River.A neighbor reported the release to the DNR, when he discovered manure flowing through his farm pond. The manure came from a solids settling basin at…
August 9, 2013, Sunnyside, WA – The Yakima Clean Air board voted recently against placing a ban on spraying manure. Neighbors had asked for a ban to stop any spraying during the winter months when a burn ban is in effect.Emotions ran high during meeting as dairymen and their neighbors…
August 8, 2013, Seneca Falls, NY – Sheland Farms of Ellisburg, NY, is the recipient of the 2013 New York State Agricultural Environmental Management (AEM) Award.The Shelmidine family, who operate the farm, were honored during the Agricultural Leadership Luncheon at the Empire Farm Days in Seneca Falls, NY. “I congratulate…
Photo courtesy of Marg Land. Aug. 8, 201, Guelph, Ont. - The latest and greatest in manure equipment is not only on display at the 2013 North American Manure Expo – being held Aug. 20 and 21, 2013 – it can also be seen in action.More than 15 different manure…
Photo courtesy of Sandia National Laboratories. Aug. 1, 2013 - At the U.S. Department of Energy's Biomass 2013 annual conference, Secretary Ernest Moniz announced over $22 million in new investments to help develop cost-competitive algae fuels and streamline the biomass feedstock supply chain for advanced biofuels. “By partnering with industry…
Aug. 1, 2013 - UK Transport Minister Norman Baker has announced £25 million of capital funding to enable the construction of demonstration-scale waste to fuel and other advanced biofuel plants throughout the UK. The government will offer the money to the winner of a competition to come up with the…
July 24, 2013, Tracy, CA – A local dairyman facing more than $1.1 million in penalties for allowing “massive” amounts of manure to accumulate on his property is scheduled to argue his case before water quality officials. An attorney for the farmer protested the amount of the fine in letters…
Jul. 2, 2013, Washington, DC - The Department of Energy (DOE) in the United States has announced four new advanced biofuel projects to help bring down the proce of gasoline, diesel and jet fuels, with a total investment of $13 million. The projects are located in Utah, Tennesee, Oklahoma and…

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