Environmental Stewardship

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Lagoon and Earthen Manure Storage Basin Closure: Part 1 - Estimating the volume, nutrients, and land application needs of accumulated effluent and biosolids

Publish Date: 06/20/2018

The closure of aged livestock lagoons and earthen manure storage basins needs to be conducted in a manner that controls potential environmental risk and makes economical use of accumulated nutrients in the biosolids. In this video, learn how to prepare for the closure of a lagoon by estimating the volume and nutrient content of liquid effluent and accumulated sludge, sampling effluent and sludge, quantifying the value of these products based upon fertilizer nutrient availability and prospective soil fertility impacts, and planning land application activities to utilize these nutrients in crop production systems.


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Coming to a field near you: Improved pork production efficiency creating environmental benefits

Publish Date: 06/20/2018

This video demonstrates the technology advances over the last several decades that has allowed the pork industry to produce a consistently, safe, wholesome food product.


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Coming to a field near you: An animal feeding operation. How do they affect real estate values?

Publish Date: 06/20/2018

This video will address the impact of animal feeding operations on nearby residential and land values.


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Coming to a field near you: An animal feeding operation, and how does it use antibiotics?

Publish Date: 06/20/2018

This video presents the science behind antibiotics given to animals and their impact on humans.


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Coming to a field near you: An animal feeding operation, and what should I know about antibiotic residues?

Publish Date: 06/20/2018

This video is intended to address the concerns of antibiotic resistance development and antibiotic residues related to animal feeding operations.


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Lagoon & Earthen Manure Storage Basin Closure: Part II - Applying Nutrients to Cropland and Decommissioning the Structure

Publish Date: 03/27/2018

The closure of aged livestock lagoons and earthen manure storage basins needs to be conducted in a manner that controls potential environmental risk and makes economical use of accumulated nutrients in the sludge. In this video, learn how to utilize effluent and sludge from a lagoon, deconstruct a lagoon liner, berm, and conveyance pipes, and return the land area occupied by the lagoon to production.


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How-to maintain a manure storage system

Publish Date: 10/20/2014

Properly designed and operated manure management systems prevent manure from overflowing or discharging from a facility, and allow for timely nutrient application for vegetative growth. Whether the manure is stored in a lagoon, earthen structure, tank or deep pit, similar principles exist to maintaining a sound manure storage structure. Frequent evaluation of the system and preventative maintenance reduce the risk of costly structural and/or environmental issues down the road.


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Ambient Air Quality Regulations that Impact Swine Operations

Publish Date: 10/20/2014

Agricultural air quality is a hot topic around the country. Increasing interest in air quality regulation of farms is the result of many changes, including the trend toward larger farms having greater concentrations of animals, and increased knowledge and awareness of air emissions from livestock sources. This document provides background on current air quality regulations, why they were implemented, what swine operations are affected, and how to comply, when necessary. Indoor air quality will not be directly discussed here, but readers should understand that indoor air quality and outdoor air quality are related, and the level of indoor air quality is not necessarily indicative of emission levels.


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Safe Disposal of Veterinary Pharmaceuticals

Publish Date: 05/15/2013

Pharmaceutical compounds are increasingly being detected at low levels in ground and surface waters. Although environmental concentrations of pharmaceuticals measured to date are far lower than the intended therapeutic doses, there is concern that the potential exists for these chemicals to have an adverse impact on aquatic life and human health. Disposal of pharmaceutical compounds is becoming a complex environmental issue. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), little is known about the potential health effects to humans or aquatic organisms exposed to the low levels of most of the chemicals or mixtures commonly found in their studies. But the safety and health of the environment is directly affected by the disposal method, so it is important that we all be responsible when disposing of these products. Presently, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) does not offer specific guidelines for disposal of pharmaceutical waste, but they do offer an educational video on the subject, available by visiting www.avma.org and searching “drug disposal”.


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Vegetative Environmental Buffers for Odor Mitigation

Publish Date: 05/21/2013

An odor mitigation technology that is drawing a lot of attention in Midwestern livestock producing states is the strategic use of shelterbelts – purposefully planted trees and shrubs arranged in linear patterns around production facilities; a technical term for this technology is Vegetative Environmental Buffers or VEBs. Research suggests that VEBs can play an important, incremental low-cost role in bio-physically and socially mitigating odor.


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