sustainable manure management News

  • LWR manure treatment system goes solar

    Solar energy is now making it easier for farms to implement the manure treatment technology that is revolutionizing the livestock industry. Livestock Water Recycling's Innovation Centre has just released the latest advancement in manure treatment technology which allows farmers the ability to power their LWR Manure Treatment System by solar energy. "Farmers inherently want to leave the world ...

  • Food security depends on sustainable nutrient management of soils

    Food security is being threatened by loss of soil nutrients that are essential for the high yield of crops. A recent study outlines strategies to ensure the sustainable production of food through a holistic approach to soil nutrient management. In response to the rising demand for food from an increasing world population, high-yielding crops are being grown with the help of artificial fertilisers ...

  • Rainfall and manure application timing affect organic carbon losses

    Dissolved organic carbon (DOC) losses from tile drains are an underquantified portion of the terrestrial carbon cycle. This is particularly important in the eastern corn belt where tile drainage dominates the agricultural landscape. Specific land management practices, such as manure application, can play a large role in the export of DOC as soluble organic carbon is applied to or injected into ...

  • 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. ...

  • SPS 2014 – Sustainable Phosphorus Summit

    SPS 2014, the fourth world summit on phosphorus and its global issues, is to be held from 1 to 3 September 2014 in Montpellier (France). Its aim is to address the issue of phosphorus, from a regional to a global scale, along with its many interactions with our societies. SPS 2014 will be held just after PSP5 - Phosphorus in Soil and Plants, ...

  • Managing carbon loss

    As the United States continues to develop alternative energy methods and push towards energy independence, cellulosic-based ethanol has emerged as one of the most commercially viable technologies. Corn stover remains the most popular source available, but the loss of soil organic carbon (SOC) associated with the removal of corn fodder as a cellulosic ethanol feedstock is of agricultural and ...

  • New consumer app scores protein products for sustainability

    A smartphone app has been designed to help shoppers choose more environmentally-friendly protein-rich products, namely meat, vegetarian alternatives, eggs and dairy products. The methods and data used to measure these products’ lifecycle environmental impacts are presented in a recent study. In recent years, various apps have been designed to help consumers shop more sustainably by ...

  • U.S. EPA Honors Dixon Ridge Farms as Sustainable Agricultural Champion

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld today recognized Dixon Ridge Farms in a Winters, Calif. environmental award ceremony. The Pacific Southwest Region’s 2012 Sustainable Agricultural Champion Award was presented to the organic walnut farm’s founder, Russ Lester. “EPA applauds Dixon Ridge Farms for its many sustainable ...

  • Experts appointed to judges` panel for U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards

    The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, established under the leadership of dairy farmers, today announced the blue-ribbon judging panel for the second annual U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards. The U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards program recognizes dairy farms, businesses and collaborative partnerships for their contributions to healthy ...

  • Generating Business Value from GHG Management

    Companies around the world are responding to government, investor, and customer pressures by implementing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) management plans.  A key challenge in the implementation of these plans is identifying a strong business case in order to justify the costs entailed, and to ensure that the approach can be sustained financially in the long run. As I will discuss in detail during the ...


    By SCS Global Services

  • Analyzing long-term impacts of biofuel on the land

    The growing development and implementation of renewable biofuel energy has considerable advantages over using declining supplies of fossil fuels. However, meeting the demands of a fuel-driven society may require utilizing all biofuel sources including agricultural crop residues. While a useful biofuel source, crop residues also play a crucial role in maintaining soil organic carbon stock. This ...

  • Biogas for Broiler Farm

    PlanET receives its first order for an agricultural biogas plant in the UK. Clients are two farmers in Herefordshire, who are going to build a 190 kWel biogas plant. Construction is planned to start in spring 2010. The proposed plant will consist of one digester and one digestate tank and is designed to utilise approximately 3,300 tonnes of maize silage, 1,000 m3 of cattle slurry and 600 tonnes ...


    By PlanET Biogas

  • Dairy farmers of America and Vanguard renewables announce strategic alliance

    Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), a national farmer-owned dairy cooperative, and Vanguard Renewables, a Massachusetts-based renewable energy developer, announce a strategic partnership to help bring anaerobic digestion technology to more farms across the country.  While waste management and environmental sustainability are top priorities for dairy farmers today, renewable energy methods, like ...

  • 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 ...

  • Bernardin Lochmueller Awarded Patent for CAFO Wastewater Treatment Wetlands

    Bernardin Lochmueller & Associates (BLA), a leader in sustainable infrastructure design, recently received a method patent for its Eco-Treatment™ constructed wetland system to treat wastewater from animal confinement operations (Patent No. US 8,021,551 B2). Manure management processes by Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) have come under increasing scrutiny. Some CAFOs store ...


    By Lochmueller Group, Inc.

  • French Hospital Warms Up to Biogas Alliance

    Alliances generate benefits for all involved – as in the case of the French heat alliance between an agricultural biogas plant and a psychiatric hospital. The "Méthavigne" project merits a second glance, especially because society and the environment also benefit from this union of a public institution and a private company. Together with the partner Domaix Energie, the German ...


    By WELtec BioPower GmbH

  • Target the crop not the soil - to reduce fertiliser use

    Feed the crop not the soil’ is the message of a new review into sustainable phosphorus use. Currently, phosphorus fertiliser is applied to the soil, and plants then take it up through the roots. However, more precise nutrient management is needed on farms, the researchers say, so that the phosphorus is targeted at the crop just as it needs it. Modern agriculture is dependent on phosphorus, ...

  • Conservation Tillage Conference March 2-3 Offers Tips for Farmers in Tight Economy

    High input costs coupled with low grain prices anticipated in 2016 means that growers have to make smarter, calculated choices to grow profitable crops this year. Also important is the need to build and maintain healthy soils to help ensure good water quality, said Randall Reeder, a retired Ohio State University Extension agricultural engineer. Reeder is an organizer of the annual Conservation ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Sizing up livestock farming’s carbon footprint

    A new and interactive tool released by FAO allows farmers, policy makers and scientists to calculate meat, milk and eggs production as well as greenhouse-gas emissions from livestock to make the sector more productive and more climate-friendly.   GLEAM-i, the Global Livestock Environmental Assessment Modelinteractive, provides answers to a ...

  • Polydress® O2 Barrier 2IN1: RKW Highlights Unique Silo Film Solution

    At this year's EuroTier trade fair at Hanover, RKW will present its entire range of agricultural films and nets. The company places special emphasis on its unique silo film combination Polydress®O2 Barrier 2IN1, which has been further optimized. RKW will further showcase agricultural films such as Hytidouble® as well as its ...


    By RKW Agri GmbH & Co. KG

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