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May 6, 2016, Cedar Rapids, IA – A recent report says Iowa’s regulations on manure spreading are too lax and pose a threat to the state’s water quality. On Wednesday, the non-profit Iowa Policy Project released the report “Saving Resources: Manure and Water,” which argues that Iowa’s current winter manure…
April 25, 2016, Wooster, OH — Three Ohio farms will open part of their operations to test water quality conservation practices in the Western Lake Erie Basin. Through a partnership of the Natural Resources Conservation Service and Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, the three farms will open nearly 700 acres to…
April 11, 2016, Indiana, PA – The Indiana County Conservation District is holding its final manure management workshops for the season April 19 and 26 at Hoss’s Steak & Sea House in White Township. The workshops are aimed at helping county farmers and equine owners understand regulations that affect them,…
March 28, 2016, Salem, OR – Ten Oregon farms, ranches and stables have been fined for violating their water quality discharge permits. The Oregon Department of Agriculture regulates manure discharges from the state’s approximately 502 confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs), such as dairies and feedlots. READ MORE
February 3, 2016, Lebanon, PA – Lebanon County Conservation District will hold a free Manure Management Plan workshop on Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lebanon Valley Agricultural Center at 2120 Cornwall Road in North Cornwall Township. Every operation in Pennsylvania that produces or applies manure,…
January 25, 2016, Pierre, SD – Manipulated manure should be subject to inspection fees and other state regulations in South Dakota, similar to commercial fertilizer and other soil amendments, the state House of Representatives decided recently. House members voted 67-0 in favor. The measure, HB 1018, now heads to the…
December 21, 2015, Des Moines, IA – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will start training for all Iowa manure applicators in January. The DNR’s Jeff Prier says they have a couple of times set up. He says they will have a commercial applicator day at county extension offices on…
December 3, 2015, Columbus, OH – State Representative Bob Cupp (R-Lima) is calling attention to a new state agricultural linked deposit program created to assist livestock farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin. The program, Ag-LINK Northwestern Ohio Watersheds (“Ag-LINK N.O.W.”), provides reduced-rate financing for Ohio farms to help offset…
November 27, 2015, Leduc, Alta – Shooters Hill Livestock, a former hog farm near Calmar, was handed $50,000 in fines in Leduc Provincial Court recently after its owner pleaded guilty to a charge of depositing a deleterious substance into a body of water under the Fisheries Act. The owner appeared…
November 4, 2015, Montpelier, VT – The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets (VAAFM) has released a draft copy of the Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs) for a period of public comment that will run through December 18, 2015. This is a pre-filing period affording the opportunity for all interested…
November 2, 2015, Annapolis, MD – Maryland's Agriculture Secretary Joe Bartenfelder reminds farmers that application of chemical fertilizer and organic nutrients is prohibited between November 16 and February 28 according to the state’s nutrient management regulations. These blackout dates will change next year when Maryland’s updated nutrient management regulations phase…
October 29, 2015, Olympia, WA — The Washington Department of Ecology compiled comments totaling 5,000 pages on its proposal to regulate manure lagoons, a policy that agriculture groups and individual farmers warn will bankrupt some producers, particularly small dairies. Environmentalists largely praised DOE for increasing the number of producers who…
October 26, 2015, Des Moines, IA – New online options make training and fee payment easier than ever for more than 4,500 certified Iowa manure applicators. “Applicators can still complete training in person, watch a video at a county Extension office or take a test at a DNR field office,…
October 2, 2015, Ferndale, WA – A livestock owner faces a $12,000 penalty for polluting waterways that flow into California Creek in the Drayton Harbor watershed. The property, located outside of Ferndale, is owned by Jim and Victoria Snydar. The Department of Ecology issued the fine last week. Ecology is…
September 14, 2015, Des Moines, IA — Iowa has met the goals it established with the federal government two years ago to improve enforcement of manure management on livestock farms, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources told environmental regulators in a recent report. Environmental activist group Iowa Citizens for Community…

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