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 ...

  • 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. ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • Wanted: partners with organic waste flows for PPP project

    Organic waste flows, varying from compost to feather meal, can be recycled and used in the arable and greenhouse horticulture sectors to improve soil quality. But which criteria must this material meet? What are the requirements in terms of the composition of organic material? And how can you improve the quality of residual waste? Wageningen UR is looking for companies with organic waste flows ...

  • 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

  • Bion Responds to Food Safety Issues

    Bion Environmental Technologies, Inc. (OTC: BNET).  Food safety concerns have been in the news again with the recent account of an outbreak of deadly E. coli in Germany, initially identified as coming from bean sprouts.  In the Sunday June 12th edition of the NY Times, an article by Elizabeth Rosenthal titled ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • Balancing food security and environmental quality in China

    In many ways, the evolution of Chinese agriculture over the past 40 years is a remarkable success story. Spurred by investments in research and government subsidies for fertilizers and other farm technologies, China now feeds 22% of the world’s population on just 9% of its total arable land. But as a special collection of papers in the July-August issue of the Journal of Environmental ...

  • Major cuts of greenhouse gas emissions from livestock within reach

    Greenhouse gas emissions by the livestock sector could be cut by as much as 30 percent through the wider use of existing best practices and technologies, according to a new study released today by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The report, Tackling climate change through livestock: A ...

  • Can Livestock Help Reduce Greenhouse Gases?

    Wider use of best practices and technologies could significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the livestock industry, according to a recent United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization report. The 139-page report, “Tackling climate change through livestock: A global assessment of emissions and mitigation opportunities,” is ...

  • EPA Highlights Green Sports Initiatives at Killington Resort

    This week EPA is focused on how to reduce environmental impacts of our favorite sports. EPA toured the Killington Resort to highlight green operations that got Killington named Vermont’s Overall Greenest Resort in 2014 by Ski Vermont, and EPA highlights Killington’s green operations. Last year, was the hottest year on record, and each of the last three decades has been hotter than the ...

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