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January 16, 2017, Edmonton, Alta – A new tool to help mitigate phosphorus run-off risk will soon be available. Over the past three years, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry and the Intensive Livestock Working Group have been collaborating to build a simple, personalized farm management decision-support tool designed to help manage…
January 9, 2017, Modesto, CA – Crystal Creamery has received a Food Recovery Challenge Innovation Award for its zero waste leadership. Crystal Creamery operates an industrial wastewater pretreatment system to remove organic contaminants from water before the clarified water is discharged to the City of Modesto’s Publicly Owned Treatment Works.…
January 9, 2017, Little Rock, AR – The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality erred in not requiring EC Farms to apply for a separate permit to apply up to 6.7 million gallons of hog manure to land located in the Buffalo National River watershed, an administrative law judge ruled recently.…
  If you raise or house livestock, you will have odor issues. How you control and minimize those odors to keep neighbors, employees, and livestock happy, while providing a safe and healthy work environment, is a constant challenge. In some cases, odor and ammonia emissions threaten the future of dairy,…
  Dairy farms depend on the price of milk, but milk prices can fluctuate wildly. At present, milk prices in the New England area are about half of what they were two years ago. Sometimes, production costs can even exceed revenue. To weather milk price fluctuations like this, Massachusetts-based Longview…
September 29, 2016, St. Paul, MN – Heavy rains over the last two months are challenging the capacity of manure storage basins. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is asking farmers to communicate proactively with the State Duty Officer to report if their basin is full or near full. READ…
September 29, 2016, New York, NY – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a legal order directing a Puerto Rican dairy farm to stop wastewater from flowing from a manure storage lagoon on the farm into a nearby creek that is a tributary of the Río Culebrinas. A recent…
September 29, 2016, Washington, DC – A new $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) – awarded to a multidisciplinary team from the University of California, Davis, University of Minnesota, University of Maine, the USDA Agricultural Research Service's Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, USDA's Economic Research Service Resource…
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…

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