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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…
September 15, 2016, Madison, WI – Near-perfect growing conditions this summer mean that silage is coming off the fields already, and farmers are starting to spread manure on those cut fields. That's leading the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection to remind farmers to take advantage of the…
September 15, 2016, Owen, WI – The cause of death for a 16-year-old boy remains under investigation following a farm related accident. According to the Clark County Sheriff's Department, the boy was found inside a manure tank around 10 a.m. The incident was reported near Owen in the town of…
September 14, 2016, Saskatoon, Sask – Research conducted by VIDO-InterVac shows the use of heat has the potential to dramatically improve the cleaning and disinfection of swine transport vehicles. In partnership with Swine Innovation Porc scientists with the University of Saskatchewan, the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute, VIDO-InterVac and the Prairie…
September 14, 2016, Fort Atkinson, WI – The University of Wisconsin Discovery Farms Program has been looking at nitrogen efficiency by tracking all sources as it cycles through the growing season from the soil to the corn plants. Megan Chawner has worked with this study, evaluating farms in five different…
September 12, 2016, Lee, IL – Nutrients in surface waters that head toward the Gulf of Mexico are a big issue. Twelve Midwestern states, including Illinois, are in the process of developing or implementing nutrient reduction strategies. Every livestock farm in the state – even very small ones – needs…

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