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April 1, 2015
FEATURED NEWS: Cornerstone Renewables cleans up
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VT gov urge farmers to spread manure carefully

April 1st is the end of the Winter Manure Spreading Ban imposed by the Accepted Agricultural Practice Regulations (AAPs). But the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets (VAAFM) is reminding farmers they should carefully assess their individual situation to make sure they do not violate the AAPs if they choose to spread manure at this time. >> Read full article

Recycle sand in small herds?

In a recent University of Wisconsin-Madison survey of Upper Midwest dairy herds with more than 200 cows, two-thirds used deep sand bedding. >> Read full article

WI landowners key to preventing manure spills

Door County Conservationist Bill Schuster told his oversight Land Conservation Committee this month he doesn’t want a repeat of the meeting at the Jacksonport Town Hall in early December, dealing with the after-effects of a manure spreading accident that sickened 16 people while contaminating more than a dozen wells. >> Read full article

 Featured News 

Cornerstone Renewables cleans up

For farmers trying to procure off-farm feedstock, it can be a time consuming process. Also, once the feedstock has been procured, its availability and pricing can turn out to be unstable. What’s a farmer to do? Enter, Cornerstone Renewables, a group of Ontario digester operators (primarily farmers), acting as one voice to secure volume and pricing.

Travis Woolings, general manager of Cornerstone Renewables, describes the group and its formation. “These are farms that generally have built digesters within the last five to 10 years. They didn’t want to be competing against each other anymore, and felt one voice would give them a lot more stability in pricing. They felt it would offer a much better solution to the producers of the waste. When the opportunity came up for me to work with them and that sort of sped things up.” >> Learn More…

 Event Calendar 

Dairy Environmental Systems & Climate Adaptation Conference and Tour

July 29-31, 2015
Location: The Statler Hotel, Ithaca, NY >> More Info