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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…
October 22, 2014, Auburn, AL – State Conservationist Dr. William Puckett recently announced the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Alabama has revised its conservation practice standard on nutrient management. NRCS’ nutrient management experts worked with universities, non-government organizations, industry, and others to revise the standard to ensure it…
October 21, 2014, Newport News, VA – Frustrated with what they see as Virginia’s foot-dragging about factory farm pollution, environmental groups are asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to take over the state's water pollution control program. The Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) and its partners filed a petition with the…
October 15, 2014, Indianapolis, IN — A state panel gave preliminary approval to Indiana’s first rules governing big stand-alone ponds and lagoons built to hold manure trucked in from livestock farms. The Environmental Rules Board unanimously approved the draft rules Sept. 10 after environmentalists told the panel the regulations aren’t…
With fall underway, the window of opportunity for manure application is closing quickly. An Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) specialist says producers can make the best use of their manure application time by first refreshing themselves on the rules of manure application. “To get yourself ready, refresh yourself on…
October 6, 2014, Milwaukee, WI – As worries grow over pollutants that foul lakes and rivers with oxygen-depleting algae, two state agencies plan to roll out new strategies in early 2015 to combat the problem. The departments of agriculture and natural resources have been meeting since early summer on ways…
September 15, 2014, Indianapolis, IN – Indiana is considering new regulations for facilities used to store livestock waste. The state is considering new regulations for facilities used to store livestock waste. Indiana’s three satellite manure storage structures take in millions of gallons of livestock waste. But, they aren’t regulated. READ…
August 15, 2014, Columbus, OH – Democratic Sen. Edna Brown recently proposed legislation that would add animal manure to the list of fertilizers for which farmers will need special training and certification before using in their fields. Toxins found in the water supply of Brown’s hometown of Toledo forced 400,000…
July 22, 2014, Norwich, Ont – The Ontario Ministry of the Environment is investigating a manure spill that occurred recently on a farm in Norwich Township and eventually ended up in Cedar Creek. The MOE responded to the report through its Spill Action Centre and was able to trace the…
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