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January 2, 2014 – On December 30, 2014, the Wisconsin Supreme Court reversed a court of appeals decision in Wilson Mutual Insurance Co. v. Falk, 2014 WI 136 (Wis. 2014), holding that manure that contaminates a well is a “pollutant,” and is therefore not covered under a farm’s general liability…
January 2, 2015, Madison, WI – Seven individual meetings are being planned across Wisconsin this winter to update farm owners and others about Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations in Wisconsin. The annual CAFO meetings are scheduled in February for CAFO owners, managers, consultants, nutrient management plan writers and key staff. The…
December 23, 2014, Lincoln, NE – University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension workshops at nine extension offices across the state in January and February will provide livestock and crop farmers with information on how to turn manure nutrients into better crop yields while protecting the environment. Re-certification will be during the first…
December 23, 2014, Chicago, IL – The U.S Environmental Protection Agency recently announced the award of Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funds totaling over $3.1 million to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Geological Survey, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural…
December 23, 2014, Columbus, OH – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting new applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) from Ohio farmers and non-industrial private forest owners who want to improve the natural resources on their land. Applications received by Friday, January…
December 22, 2014, Springfield, IL — A proposal aimed at reducing the amount of phosphorus and nitrate-nitrogen reaching Illinois waters by 45 percent is open for public comment until Jan. 24, 2015. The highly anticipated Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy describes a comprehensive suite of best management practices that will…
December 22, 2014 – Agricultural groups are questioning the need for a new law regulating applying manure on cropland, though they expect the Washington Department of Agriculture will pursue one. WSDA is drafting legislation to set up a licensing program for spreading manure on 20 or more acres in three…
December 8, 2014, Dover, DE – Delaware farmers, lawn care companies, golf courses and other nutrient handlers should not apply nutrients to the ground during the winter months, the Delaware Department of Agriculture says in a reminder. State regulations adopted by the Delaware Nutrient Management Commission in 2007 prohibit certified…
November 24, 2014, Olympia, WA — The Washington Department of Agriculture is quietly working on a bill to regulate the application of livestock manure on farm fields. The bill’s development has been so low profile that two Republican members of the Senate Agriculture Committee, both farmers, denounced the WSDA for…
November 19, 2014, Des Moines, IA – A later harvest and colder temperatures have caused some issues for livestock producers who would like to fertilize fields with manure. Iowa State University Extension agronomist, Joel DeJong, says northwest Iowa livestock confinement barns have millions of gallons of liquid manure waiting for…
November 14, 2014, Waunakee, WI – Complaints about a troubled manure-processing plant near Waunakee have been referred to the state Department of Justice for enforcement action, officials said. The Clear Horizons LLC facility was cited in connection with three spills totaling 400,000 gallons of manure, failing to remove enough lake-fouling…
November 14, 2014, Harper, IA – An estimated 1,800 gallons of manure was spilled near Harper, Keokuk County. The spill was attributed to a tractor operator not properly shutting down the hydraulics after pumping manure, resulting in the pit pump starting up again when the operator was away from it.…
November 7, 2014, Baltimore, MD – The long-awaited study examining the economic impact of phosphorus output restrictions on Eastern Shore poultry farmers is finally to be released. The Maryland Department of Agriculture had originally said the study would be released on Oct. 23. READ MORE
October 27, 2014, Des Moines, IA – A new Iowa clean water rule designed to increase inspections of livestock farms and provide stricter enforcement when manure spills pollute waterways is now in effect, after more than a year of hearings and deliberations by government agencies. The new rule, supported by…
October 22, 2014, Green Bay, WI – Crews were cleaning up about 4,000 gallons of manure after a tanker truck tipped over in southern Brown County. Emergency responders were called in after a truck hauling manure turned across a soft shoulder and tipped on its side. Manure spilled into an…
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