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2009-01-30 13:25:00

New On-Farm Constructions, Expansions Required to Develop Odor Management Plan HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New regulations to manage odors from newly constructed animal barns and certain other agricultural operations will help minimize the potential for conflicts between neighbors, Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff said today. "With increasing development and urban sprawl, Pennsylvanians are moving closer and closer to their farming neighbors," said Wolff. "These...

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2008-12-29 12:20:00

Agricultural crop production relies on composted waste materials and byproducts, such as animal manure, municipal solid waste composts, and sewage sludge, as a necessary nutrient source. Studies have shown that human hair, a readily available waste generated from barbershops and hair salons, combined with additional compost, is an additional nutrient source for crops. Although human hair has become commercially available to crop producers in the past couple years, it has not been proven to be...

2008-10-09 15:00:19

The weekend of September 19th was a tour de force for Enzyme Environmental Solutions (PINKSHEETS: EESO) as they hosted several guests from around the globe for a live beta test of one of their newest products. Potential customers from the U.S., Mexico, Canada and South Korea traveled to Fort Wayne, Indiana over the weekend to attend a much anticipated presentation on Enzyme Environmental Solutions' (EESO) breakthrough product for use in odor remediation on hog farms. Jared Hochstedler, CEO...

2008-10-08 03:00:14

By Anonymous Columbia, Missouri Missouri University (MU) graduate student Adam Saunders started a 10-week composting program as a part of a service learning class. Leftovers at Rollins Dining Hall are pulped, and then students and volunteers use a bicycle trailer to haul the material to Saint Joseph Community Garden, where it is composted with manure. They estimate that one ton/week of food waste has been diverted from the waste stream. The class is funded by a $4,000 Information Technology...

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2008-10-03 09:15:00

For Jeff Fowler, a farmer in Kansas, getting ready to prepare a new wheat crop this fall is littered with possibility. While he arranges his fields for his hard red winter wheat crop, the chief bread-making grain, Fowler is combining chicken manure into the soil. The reason for doing this is simple: fertilizer is expensive. Poultry manure, or chicken "litter," is an inexpensive substitute to the nitrogen and phosphorous ridden fertilizers that are important to developing a sound wheat crop....

2008-09-28 15:00:22

By LOVELL-SMITH Mary The foundation of any garden is its soil, a given but not always an apparent one. For too many years and through many gardens I took for granted that soil, sun and water was all a plant needed to grow. Then I learnt to feed my garden. I compiled composts of varying success. I dug in litter from our hen run, harvested seaweed from the beach and horse and sheep manure from wherever. I made liquid fertiliser, sprinkled lime and blood and bone, piled on peastraw,...

2008-09-23 03:00:16

Clay is the Jekyll and Hyde of soils. It constitutes some of our most fertile agricultural soils, but even these turn rock-hard when dry. Tiny particles pack down so tightly that the ground virtually defies water absorption. Once saturated, it becomes a sticky morass taking forever to dry out. Many a garden failure is directly related to an abundance of clay in the soil. Like all things in life, there is no absolute black-and-white with soils but, rather, a million shades of...

2008-09-21 03:00:22

By Anonymous There is no evidence to support the argument that organic food is more nutritious than food grown with the help of pesticides and other chemicals, new research in the latest issue of the Society of Chemical Industry's Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture has revealed. The research, by Dr Susanne Bugel and colleagues from the University of Copenhagen's Department of Human Nutrition, shows that there is no clear evidence to back up the common belief that organic food is...

2008-09-21 03:00:17

By Sixsmith, Rachel Swapping chemicals for compost will "put the biology back in the soil" and lead to healthier crops, according to microbiologist and organic farming technologist Dr Elaine Ingham. Ingham is director and founder of the US-based Soil Foodweb - an organisation that has helped farmers and growers around the world convert to organic farming. She told delegates at the Improving Life in Your Soil - Using Compost & Compost Tea seminar held last week at Laverstoke Farm,...

2008-09-18 03:00:12

By Anonymous A typical 1,000-head beef feedlot produces up to 254 metric tons (280 tons) of manure in just one week. That's a lot of manure-and for hundreds of U.S. cattle feedlots, disposal is an important management issue. Fortunately, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in the Environmental Management Research Unit at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) at Clay Center, Neb., have developed and tested a new method of runoff control. In the United States, feedlot...


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Enviropig
2013-10-02 09:09:32

Enviropig is the trademark for a genetically modified line of Yorkshire pigs with the capability to digest plant phosphorus more efficiently than ordinary unmodified pigs that was developed at the University of Guelph. The benefits of the Enviropig, if commercialized, include reduced feed cost and reduced phosphorus pollution as compared to the raising of ordinary pigs. Enviropigs create the enzyme phytase in their salivary glands. When cereal grains are consumed, the phytase mixes with...

Manure
2013-03-03 08:35:14

Image Caption: A field in Randers, Denmark. A pile of manure is in the foreground. Credit: Malene Thyssen/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 2.5) Manure is organic matter that comes from farmyard animal waste as well as from crop cover. Manure from cows, pigs, horses, chickens, rabbits, etc. is broken down into organic matter and used as organic fertilizer. “Green” manure is derived from planting a cover crop, such as clover, to be plowed directly back into the soil. Bacteria traps nitrogen and other...

Compost
2013-03-03 07:19:30

Image Caption: Compost barrel with compost and tools. Credit: Diego Grez/Wikipedia Compost is fertilizer made from decomposed organic matter that is then tilled directly into the soil or used as an additive when transplanting seedlings. Composting can be very simplistic or complex, depending on the amount of compost needed. Compost is widely used in organic farming because of its high nutrient content and natural pesticide abilities. Composting is simply piling, systematically,...

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Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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