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  • Fueling ethanol production while protecting water quality

    Grain-based ethanol production has increased dramatically in recent years as the cost and instability of oil has increased. New US government policies require major increases in ethanol production. While future plans call for a viable cellulosic ethanol industry, expanded grain ethanol production will lead to further growth of corn acres in the near term, with unintended negative water quality ...

  • EPA action protects Big Windsor Reservoir from feedlot waste

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached an agreement with the Cactus Hill Ranch Company (Cactus Hill) in which the company will pay $16,000 penalty to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water Act at its sheep feedlot in Weld County, Colorado, near the Big Windsor Reservoir. According to the agreement, EPA alleges that Cactus Hill discharged wastewater in violation of the ...

  • Scientists help farmers create greener dairies

    Cows stand patiently in a tent-like chamber at a research farm in western Wisconsin, waiting for their breath to be tested. Outside, corrals have been set up with equipment to measure gas wafting from the ground. A nearby corn field contains tools that allow researchers to assess the effects of manure spread as fertilizer. Scientists based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have started a ...


    By Associated Press

  • EPA notifies four West Virginia growers to obtain discharge permits

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it has notified four poultry growers in West Virginia to cease discharging pollutants from farms to waterways and obtain the necessary permits that are required by the Clean Water Act. The agency believes that some farmers in the Shenandoah Valley and West Virginia could benefit from more information about the federal requirements to ...

  • Owner of livestock feedlot in Plymouth County, Iowa, to pay $5,850 penalty for violating terms of discharge permit (IA)

    The owner of a cattle and hog feedlot in Plymouth County, Iowa, has agreed to pay a $5,850 civil penalty to the United States to settle alleged violations of the facility’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. Mark Beitelspacher, doing business as Beitelspacher Farms, of LeMars, Iowa, did not maintain adequate records associated with the land application of liquid ...

  • Silage Safety Begins in the Field

    To reduce the risk of deadly silage gas later in the year, correctly prepare and harvest forages. “Quality silage starts all the way back in the field — and so does overall silage safety,” says Renato Schmidt, Ph.D., Technical Services Forage, Lallemand Animal Nutrition. “Dangerous gases can be produced naturally during the early stages of the ensiling process. The right ...


    By Lallemand Animal Nutrition

  • Silage Safety Begins in the Field

    To reduce the risk of deadly silage gas later in the year, correctly prepare and harvest forages. “Quality silage starts all the way back in the field — and so does overall silage safety,” says Renato Schmidt, Ph.D., Technical Services Forage, Lallemand Animal Nutrition. “Dangerous gases can be produced naturally during the early stages of the ensiling process. The ...


    By Lallemand Animal Nutrition

  • Civil enforcement actions taken against beef feedlots in Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska for violations of clean water act (IA, KS, NE)

    EPA Region 7 has taken a series of civil enforcement actions against six beef feedlot operations in Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska for violations of the Clean Water Act, as part of an increased emphasis aimed at ending harmful discharges of pollutants from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) into the region’s rivers and streams. “EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson has made it ...

  • Produce Safety Rule to Change the Way Fresh Fruit, Vegetables Are Grown and Handled

    Ever since the Food Safety Modernization Act was signed into law in January 2011 and the act’s Produce Safety Rule was proposed two years later, fruit and vegetable growers have waited for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to finalize the regulations they will be expected to follow on the farm. Now that the FDA has done so — the final Produce Safety rule was printed in the Federal ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Stable operation of biogas plants through the use of sugar-beet slices

    ‘Novy Dvor’ and ‘Vrbina’ are the flagship plants of EnviTec Biogas AG in Slovakia. The special feature of the two biogas plants situated close to Bratislava is the fact that their input contains a large proportion of sugar-beet residue, which is a waste product created by the nearby sugar factories. The sugar-beet residue makes up two-thirds of the input material that is ...


    By EnviTec Biogas AG

  • Tetanus & Clostridium tetani Exposed in New Online Video

    Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of another online video to help educate the public about issues that may impact their health.  The latest educational video discusses tetanus and Clostridium tetani.   Tetanus is an acute, often fatal, disease caused by an exotoxin produced by the bacterium ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • New Process Converts Poultry Litter into Bio-oil

    BLACKSBURG, Virginia, August 29, 2007 (ENS) - Each year in the United States the poultry industry produces more than 5.6 million tons of litter - a mixture of bedding, manure, feathers, and spilled feed. Now, a team of researchers in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech is developing transportable pyrolysis units that will convert poultry litter into bio-oil that can be ...

  • EPA orders simplot cattle feeding company to change stock watering practice at grand view, ID, feedlot to protect the Snake River (ID)

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued the Simplot Cattle Feeding Company a legal order to halt discharges from its nearly 700-acre feedlot complex near Grand View, Idaho. Simplot confines between 30,000 and 65,000 cattle year round at this feedlot facility near the Snake River in southeastern Idaho. EPA’s order directs Simplot to immediately cease all discharge of pollutants ...

  • Plants host pathogenic bacteria from livestock farming

    Disease-causing bacteria resulting from livestock farming can contaminate food products and find their way to humans. This occurs remarkably effectively via plants, which explains why recent outbreaks due to infection with EHEC and other E. coli and Salmonella strains are regularly attributed to the consumption of fresh vegetables. These are the findings of researchers from Wageningen UR ...

  • Farmers could cut emissions while boosting production

    Farmers could earn more and protect the environment by using technologies and practices that reduce the global warming gases that livestock emit, according to a report by the UN Food ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Phase out summer grazing, say researchers

    The Sierra Nevada Mountain range serves as an important source of drinking water for the State of California. However, summer cattle grazing on federal lands affects the overall water quality yield from this essential watershed. The authors of an article in the Journal of Water and Health argue that high-altitude summer grazing must be phased out. The greatest economic value of the Sierra Nevada ...


  • Feeding stock with rubber seed proteins

    Residues from rubber seeds can be used to enrich animal feed. Besides reducing waste during the production of rubber, this can also result in higher revenues for the farmers since feed is the highest cost component in livestock production. At 13 April 2016, Widyarani defended her PhD-thesis on the opportunities of rubber production at Wageningen University. Over fifty ...

  • Sustainable phosphorus use — evaluating past patterns to inform future management

    Recycling waste from farming and mining could help improve the sustainable use of phosphorus, a recent study suggests. The study traced the stocks and flows of phosphorus over a 50 year period to reveal changing patterns of global phosphorus use. The results can be used to develop the sustainable management of phosphorus — a finite and critical resource — in the future. ...

  • Greenlane Biogas Secures Order for Biogas Upgrading Plant from Sifang Leo Livestock Science and Technology

    Greenlane Biogas has received an order for a ‘Rimu’ biogas upgrading plant from Sifang Leo Livestock Science and Technology Co., Ltd. (SF LEO), a leading dairy farm engineering company and manufacturer of high-tech livestock equipment and farm machinery in China. Greenlane’s water scrubbing based biogas upgrading plant will be used in an eco-dairy farm demonstration operation to ...

  • Bioenergy from agriculture: A win-win at Viken farm

    World Bioenergy 2010 organises daily study tours during the conference. One of the tours focused on bioenergy from agricultural sources and stopped at Viken farm outside the town of Falköping. The farm is one of Sweden’s most modern dairy farms. “We have 520 milking cows here and work on a long-term basis with breeding and feed trials,” says Anette Knutsson, ...


    By Elmia AB

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