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Power To The Poultry Manure

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Poultry manure, as a by product of poultry production, is getting attention of public groups in the Shenandoah Valley (VA). The big question is what to do with it. As source of energy, manure represents an opportunity. But the approach to generating usable energy can be controversial.

All manure to energy systems offer at least one source of revenue for poultry growers, the purchase of poultry litter to start the process. The large and small scale options differ, however, in several ways: grower contract requirements, from none to a 10 year commitment; the price paid for the litter, from $5 to $15 a ton or more; the grower’s investment, from none to $100,000 or more; and who owns the power generated, electricity, bio-gas or bio-oil, and any other saleable byproducts, such as fertilizer.

The Shenandoah Valley Poultry Litter to Energy Watershed & Air Advisory Group has been meeting to help capture public opinion, develop solutions, and put forth executable approaches.

CAFOs Vs EPA, What Next?

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In a ruling that will reduce uncertainty about how concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) are regulated, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in New Orleans stated that the US Environmental Protection Agency exceeded its "statutory authority" in requiring concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) apply for Clean Water Act permits.

 

"NPPC is very pleased with the 5th Circuit’s decision," said NPPC President Doug Wolf, a pork producer from Lancaster, Wis. "The court recognized a clear limit on EPA’s authority and required the agency to comply with the clean water law."

  What is yet unclear is how the EPA will respond and if any of the State environmental agencies will adjust their approach to trying to regulate CAFOs through local action.

 

Who Will Be At The Animal Ag Stakeholders Summit?

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The Animal Agriculture Alliance will host its tenth annual Stakeholders Summit May 5-6, 2011 in Arlington, Virginia. The Summit will bring together food and farm industry leaders to reflect on the challenges of the past decade and new opportunities to strengthen agriculture advocacy efforts in the future. Jason Shoultz, Senator Tom Carlson, Frank Luntz, Andy Dietrick, Debbie Lyons-Blythe, and Teresa Platt are some of the key speakers at the Summit.

California Rancher Agvocates Are Approachable


Click to play audioJeff Fowle, a tall California rancher, makes an impression on people. By being on the Agvocacy 2.0 South by Southwest panel he hopes to show folks that farmers and ranchers are out there, can be contacted, and are open / willing to having discussions about food, farming, fuel, and fiber.

Jeff Fowle can be found on Twitter at @jefffowle, YouTube and his blog Common Sense Agriculture.

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Agvocacy 2.0: Adding a Human Voice to the Farm


At SXSW on March 13, Emily Zweber, Jeff Fowle, Chris Chinn, and Zach Hunnicutt will share how farmers are using social and new media to bridge the gap between the 2% of the population who are farmers, and the remaining 98% of people who are not. The panel, moderated by Marla Schulman, are all family farmers who are driven and deeply committed to agriculture and want to share what they have with others.

The Next Generation Takes Over the Dairy

Dairy Profit Seminar: Lunch and How do you do it? The next generation takes over the dairy, from the 2011 World Ag Expo.

Dairy Profit Seminar: Lunch and How do you do it? The next generation takes over the dairy from The Web Hounds on Vimeo.

How Farmers Get Serious Business Done With Mobile


At SXSW on March 11, Justin Davey (Multimedia Producer with Agriculture.com), Audrey Bartlett (Product Marketing Manager with John Deere’s Intelligent Solutions Group), Jeff Caldwell (Multimedia Editor for Successful Farming magazine and Agriculture.com), and Neil Mylet (a Camden, Indiana, farmer and founder of LoadOut Technologies) will talk about how farmers are really wired and that serious technology is used to bring your food from gate to plate. The panel, moderated by Nathan Wright, will highlight some of the trends in mobile devices and describe several mobile apps in agriculture.

What is Regulation-Induced Stagnation?


Dr. Terry Etherton shares his thoughts on "regulation-induced stagnation" and the what it means.

My concern about regulatory stagnation is not an indictment of the need for evaluating new ag biotech products. --- However, we have a looming need to increase the pace of developing innovative ways to feed a growing population in the world… the last thing we need are regulatory obstacles or politics to slow down the scientific review process.

What Are Agriculture-Associated Diseases?

Agriculture is an integrated part of society, keeping people feed and supplied with commodities to make life better. However, most people do not think about the disease impacts of agriculture to humans and society. This short paper describes several categories of Agriculture-Associated Diseases and how those in agriculture might improve human health. From the Leveraging Agriculture for Improving Nutrition and Health: IFPRI 2020 conference, held Feb 10-12, 2011 in New Delhi, India.

An important negative effect of agricultural intensification is disease. Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) is a notorious example of a disease that was fostered by intensified agricultural production and spread through lengthened poultry value chains and the global movement of people and animals. Large-scale irrigation projects, designed to increase agriculture productivity, have created ecosystems conducive to schistosomiasis and Rift Valley fever.

What Are Global Perspectives on Commodity Price Spikes?


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The Diane Rehm Show brought together four experts on world economies and agriculture to address the current commodity prices and their impact on food, fuel, and fiber.

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