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  • Tracking phosphorus runoff from livestock manure

    Nutrient runoff from livestock manure is a common source of agricultural pollution. Looking for an uncommon solution, a team of scientists has developed an application of rare earth elements to control and track runoff phosphorus from soils receiving livestock manure. In addition to reducing the solubility of phosphorus, this method shows particular promise for researchers interested in tracking ...

  • Environmental concentrations of antibiotics are potentially damaging to aquatic life

    Combinations of antibiotics have been found in high enough concentrations to pose a serious threat to aquatic ecosystems, in a recent Spanish study. Antibiotics can have toxic effects on the bacteria and algae that form the basis of aquatic ecosystems. Antibiotics are in widespread use, not only for human medical conditions, but also for increasing growth rates in livestock, in the feed ...

  • Love a lush, green lawn?

    A lush green lawn is lovely to look at, but too much of a good thing can be bad. Often, that beautiful lawn is the result of regular fertilizing. An abundance of nitrogen and other nutrients in natural waterways can cause trouble for aquatic plant and animal life. High levels of nitrogen and phosphorus can cause an overgrowth of algae in the water, which then blocks light from getting to native ...


    By Eco Partners, Inc.

  • Water concerns in farming back in the news

    Tighter water abstraction rules once again threaten to have an affect on UK food production growers have been warned, according to Farmers Weekly. Time-limited water abstraction licenses, which are due to expire this year, are being assessed by the Environment Agency to ensure that they comply with the EU Water Framework Directive. License conditions may change if they are deemed to be a risk to ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Urban impacts on phosphorus in streams

    Although phosphorus is an essential nutrient for all life forms, essential amounts of the chemical element can cause water quality problems in rivers, lakes, and coastal zones. High concentrations of phosphorus in aquatic ecosystems are often associated with human activities in the surrounding area, such as agriculture and urban development. However, relationships between specific human ...

  • Pew Commission calls for better US animal waste treatment

    One step beyond her front door, Jayne Clampitt is greeted with the toxic fumes flowing from the roughly 1 million gallons of hog manure stored at her neighbor's farm. She no longer dries her family's laundry outside, her children avoid the nearby polluted stream, and she worries that their shallow drinking well will also be contaminated with toxins. 'We thought there was this unspoken connection ...

  • Environmental impact research urged for fish farming

    More research and sharing of best practice could minimise the environmental impacts of aquaculture, and maximise its potential to alleviate food insecurity, according to a report by the WorldFish Center and the non-profit organisation Conservation International. Almost half of all seafood consumed ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • American society of agronomy

    Recycling manure is an important practice, especially for large livestock producers. Manure can be used as fertilizer to aid in crop production, aiding livestock producers that grow their own feed crops. While manure does provide a rich nutrient source for crops, it also can contribute to nutrient leaching and runoff. This can contaminate the surrounding ecosystem and lead to eutrophication of ...

  • EPA Inspections Reveal Clean Water Act Violations by Former Dairy Owner near Rock Valley, Iowa

    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) personnel conducted a series of inspections in March and May 2013 at the Double V Dairy, LLC, near Rock Valley, Iowa. As a result of the inspections, the former owner of the dairy has agreed to pay a $75,000 civil penalty to settle alleged violations of the Clean Water Act, according to a proposed consent agreement. EPA inspections and sampling documented ...

  • EPA Inspections Remedy Clean Water Act Violations by Poultry Operation near Green Ridge, Mo.

    Environmental Protection Agency personnel conducted a series of inspections in May and October 2013 at the H and M Farms, LLC, a poultry operation near Green Ridge, Missouri. As a result of the inspections, the owner of the facility has agreed to remedy Clean Water Act (CWA) violations occurring on-site. EPA inspections and sampling documented pollutant discharges from the 384,000-bird facility ...

  • County Edge Dairy Inc. to Pay $20,000 Penalty for Clean Water Act Violations at its Inwood, Iowa, Facility

    County Edge Dairy Inc. has agreed to pay a $20,000 civil penalty to settle alleged violations of the Clean Water Act at its Inwood, Iowa, facility, the Environmental Protection Agency announced today. County Edge Dairy qualifies as a large Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) under Clean Water Act regulations. However, at the time of EPA’s inspection in July 2012, County Edge Dairy ...

  • Integrating animal and crop production can reduce nutrient leaching from agricultural fields

    Nutrient leaching, the movement of plant nutrients from soil to water, can have negative effects on aquatic ecosystems due to eutrophication, which reduces the oxygen available in water, causing species and habitat loss. Ecological Recycling Agriculture (ERA), which is based on ecological principles and integrates crop production and animal husbandry, may limit this effect. This study ...

  • Petersen-Bubke, LLP, beef feedlot in Monona County, Iowa, to pay $10,000 penalty for illegal discharges into rush creek

    Petersen-Bubke, LLP, a beef cattle feedlot in Monona County, Iowa, has agreed to pay a $10,000 civil penalty to the United States for violations of the federal Clean Water Act related to discharges of pollutants into Rush Creek and its tributaries. According to an administrative civil consent agreement and final order filed by EPA in Kansas City, Kan., EPA personnel conducted a compliance ...

  • Can biochar help suppress greenhouse gases?

    Nitrous oxide is a potent greenhouse gas and a precursor to compounds that contribute to the destruction of the ozone. Intensively managed, grazed pastures are responsible for an increase in nitrous oxide emissions from grazing animals’ excrement. Biochar is potentially a mitigation option for reducing the world’s elevated carbon dioxide emissions, since the embodied carbon can be ...

  • EPA Settles Lawsuit Against North Georgia Landowner for Violations of the Clean Water Act

    The Duvall Development Co., Inc., Duvall & Son Livestock, Inc. and the president of both companies, Jeffrey H. Duvall, will pay a $30,000 penalty and have purchased five acres of forested land that was donated to the Chattahoochee National Forest in order to resolve federal Clean Water Act (CWA) violations. “This enforcement action sends a strong message about the importance of ...

  • New rules for English farmers to prevent nitrate pollution

    Many farmers and land managers in Lincolnshire are missing the chance to be better prepared for new Nitrate Pollution Prevention Regulations, with the 14 January free seminar at Market Rasen Racecourse barely half full. Many farmers and land managers in Lincolnshire are missing the chance to be better prepared for new Nitrate Pollution Prevention Regulations, with the 14 January free seminar at ...

  • UN Conference on Small Island Developing States opens in Samoa

    A renewed political commitment to tackle the many unique, sustainable development challenges facing the world's small island states, is expected to be the most important outcome of a United Nations conference that opened in Samoa today. The Third International Conference on Small Developing States (SIDS) from 1-4 September in Apia, Samoa also seeks to build partnerships aimed at addressing issues ...

  • Skretting champions collaborative challenge solving at Animal Health Investment Europe

    On Thursday 23 February 2017, Animal Health Investment Europe hosted a top-level panel discussion on Innovation and Sustainability in Aquaculture, gathering leaders from across the aquaculture industry that are not only setting the bar high for innovation within their own companies but are also working together to find solutions to sustainability challenges.  At the forum, which was attended ...


    By Skretting - Nutreco Group

  • Texas egg producer to pay $1.9 million penalty to resolve clean water act violations

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) today announced that Mahard Egg Farm, Inc., a Texas corporation, will pay a $1.9 million penalty to resolve claims that the company violated the Clean Water Act (CWA) at its egg production facilities in Texas and Oklahoma. The civil penalty is the largest amount to be paid in a federal enforcement action ...

  • Challenges growing for food security

    Despite international efforts to reduce global food insecurity and malnutrition, the realisation of food security in the world has fallen short of promises made at the World Food Summit in 1996, and the Millennium Development Goals'2 target to halve world hunger by 2015 is also unlikely to be met. In a recently released report, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and ...

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