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2008-07-31 15:00:36

By ARI SYRQUIN The European Commission launched the European Union's new Organic Farming Campaign last week at the Foire de Libramont agricultural fair in Belgium. Under the campaign slogan: "Organic farming. Good for nature, good for you," the promotional campaign aims to inform consumers about the meaning and benefits of organic farming and food production. The campaign will focus on increasing consumer awareness and recognition of organic products, and especially on young people...

2008-07-10 09:01:11

Question: Is there such a thing as organic cow manure? Or is all cow manure created equal? Answer: It's all organic, but manure from livestock that have been kept in feed lots is likely to contain traces of pesticides, hormones and other chemicals. Unfortunately, that probably is the only kind of manure you can get because ranchers who grass-feed their animals and use organic techniques keep the manure on the land. All you can do is buy 100 percent manure products and avoid those that...

2008-06-30 09:02:46

By Patricia Breakey, The Daily Star, Oneonta, N.Y. Jun. 30--An increasing number of Delaware County farmers are using new feeding methods to cut down on the amount of polluting phosphorus entering the watershed. Paul Cerosaletti, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County senior resource educator, said he created the program to help control phosphorus levels in manure in the Delaware and Susquehanna watersheds. The Precision Feed Management Program began with four farms in 1999....

2008-06-30 03:02:46

By Reinsch, Lee Marie It's not a pretty topic, but manure's pretty plentiful in this farm-dominated area. What better way to make a stink about rising oil prices than to make fuel out of an inevitable agricultural byproduct? Biogas digestion systems are one of a handful of technologies Wisconsin farmers are using to plow the path toward a greener future. "Farms are the best places to use renewable energies," says Don Wichert, director of renewable energy programs for Focus on Energy...

2008-06-27 06:02:33

By John Eby Two articles recently published in The Roanoke Times indirectly show failings at both federal and state levels from an absence of a uniform water purity policy. An editorial on June 10 describes conflicting EPA and DEQ regulations for monitoring fly ash -- the residue from burning coal to generate electricity ("Fly ash regulations don't make sense"). Basically, this waste is contaminated with heavy metals that can leach into groundwater. In certain situations, the sites where...

2008-06-26 09:02:36

CHICAGO _ New gardeners often are daunted by fertilizing _ or they shrug, buy some blue chemical and apply it lavishly without really knowing why. But there's no need to let your garden's need for nutrients trip you up. We assembled a cast of experts (Tom Tiddens, supervisor of plant health care at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe; Jon Rosenthal, vice president of business development at Florikan, a Florida fertilizer-maker; and Chris Paisley, service programs manager for Mariani...

2008-06-17 02:30:00

Organic fertilizers are all the rage these days, and with good reason. They can provide plants with a long, slow feed, and their manufacture reuses waste products while putting less demand on natural resources. Many gardeners, though, make the mistake of approaching the use of organic fertilizers in the same way as they might use a chemical fertilizer. For instance, the other day a gardening expert on the radio was touting the benefits of guano, or bat droppings. He was right about guano...

2008-06-22 00:00:19

Gardeners all over the country have been watching their plants die because of farmyard manure from cows which have eaten tiny amounts of a popular new kind of weedkiller. Since allotment holders in the Wakefield area drew attention to the problem, the Royal Horticultural Society and the government's Pesticides Safety Directorate have issued warnings. The alert is mainly about a substance called aminopryalid in an agricultural herbicide called Forefront - although similar substances may be...

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2008-06-21 06:00:00

A large dairy in northwestern Minnesota with odors severe enough to drive nearby residents from their homes last week now faces legal problems. State Attorney General Lori Swanson and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) jointly sued Excel Dairy on Friday, charging that the 1,500-cow operation just north of Thief River Falls has repeatedly violated air quality standards, environmental protection laws and feedlot operating permits. State health officials advised several neighbors of...

2008-06-19 03:00:16

The foundation of a good garden is its soil, and winter is the time to enrich it to prepare it for spring planting. Layer on new, empty or dormant beds all the riches that can be found, such as: Animal manure. Herbivores' manure is sweeter smelling. Bio- dynamicists treasure most that which comes from the gentle cow, which has been well digested in its four stomachs. However, despite Canterbury's dairying boom, horse manure is easier to come by. Practical and diligent horse owners...


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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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