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September 28, 2016, Pierre, SD – The contested case on issuing a new version of South Dakota’s general permit for concentrated animal feeding operations began recently with an attempt to delay the start. Kelsea Sutton, the lawyer representing Dakota Rural Action, said the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources…
September 28, 2016, Mount Judea, AR – State contractors have wrapped up their drilling project to test for hog manure leakage at C&H Hog Farms near the Buffalo National River, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality spokesman Kelly Robinson said. After the sampling is done, it could take six weeks to…
September 28, 2016, Saint-Valerien-de-Milton, Que – Two farmers have died after falling into a manure pit in Quebec, media reports. According to Agence QMI, Alain Beaudry, a pig farm owner in Saint-Valerien-de-Milton, Que., fell into the pit while trying to fix the manure pump. READ MORE
September 27, 2016, Exeter, ME – Maine has lost roughly 20 percent of its dairy farms since 2010. There are now fewer than 250 in operation. One farm in Exeter has found a way to solidify its future, by investing in technology that's allowed the farm to turn its cows…
September 27, 2016, Milwaukee, WI – The Department of Natural Resources plans to add more staff to regulate Wisconsin’s biggest farms, but environmental groups say the farms should also pay higher fees to fund a program that was criticized in a recent legislative audit. While it is planning to cut…
September 27, 2016, Aberdeen, SD – After methane fumes from a manure pit killed one man and left another in critical condition, the brother of the men is encouraging others to practice caution and safety when doing routine jobs around the farm. Lonnie Martinmaas of Orient, SD, died at a…
September 27, 2016, Stratford, Ont – Proof that people will steal anything came this week at a rural property near Stratford where a property owner reported the theft of sections of aluminum pipe used for spreading manure. Perth County OPP said that sometime between Sept. 13 and Sept. 20, an…
September 26, 2016, New Dundee, Ont – Mary Ann Doré had the best of intentions when she designed and built a new dairy barn in 2011. Doré, who farms with husband Joe and her brother, Graham Johnston, near New Dundee, Ont., wanted the barn to be sustainable, and she hoped…
September 26, 2016, Fair Oaks, IN – To many farmers around the world, disposing of animal waste is part of the cost of doing business. But at Fair Oaks Farms, a U.S. dairy in the state of Indiana, cow manure is a source of energy. “How do we monetize manure…
September 26, 2016 – In California, the manure and flatulence coming from cows will now have something in common with the emissions coming from landfills – they'll all be regulated. The greenhouse-gas emissions of all of the above will be regulated, after California's Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation recently…
September 26, 2016, Des Moines, IA — Leaders of a newly formed coalition recently called for an immediate statewide moratorium on new construction or expansion of large-scale livestock feeding operations until Iowa takes meaningful action to lower the number of impaired rivers, lakes and waterways to fewer than 100. "With…
September 26, 2016, Ithaca, NY – With crops coming off the fields farmers across the country are preparing to or have already started fall manure applications. Four pieces of your nutrient management plan should be revisited at least annually to make the most from the manure nutrients and reduce off…
September 19, 2016, North Little Rock, AK – The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) is commencing drilling activities at the C&H Hog Farms near Mt. Judea this week. Harbor Environmental and Safety notified ADEQ Sept. 15 that they had confirmed a driller to begin fieldwork. “We are pleased to…
September 16, 2016, Sacramento, CA – The rumbling of a tank-sized generator on the grounds of the Van Warmerdam Dairy is a sound of relief for the longtime farming family. Their Galt ranch is one of no more than 20 in the state that has a working methane digester, the…
September 16, 2016 – It has been commonly accepted that more cows per pasture would lead to increased nitrogen leaching because of increased nitrogen excretion via urine; but, a new study discovered circumstances where a decline in leaching occurred with increased stocking rate, challenging assumptions about how best to reduce…

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