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CERCLA Reporting Update Nov 13, 2017

Update: As of Nov 15, 2017 3 pm, farms with continuous releases DO NOT HAVE to submit their initial continuous release notification until the court issues its order, or mandate, enforcing the April 11, 2017, decision. You can review the material below to familiarize yoursel...

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Critical Deadline Approaches for CERCLA Release Reporting

Posted by Richard Gates - Livestock

Date: Nov 7, 2017 Source: Richard Gates, 217-244-2791, rsgates@illinois.edu or Neslihan Akdeniz, 217-300-2644, neslihan@illinois.edu News writer: Deborah Seiler, 217-300-5571,...

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Manure Value Calculator - Now Online

An updated calculator for estimating manure value is now available for download. Three examples, based on our Certified Livestock Manager training worksheets for swine, beef/dairy solid manure w/bedding, and turkey litter are available. Both PDF and Excel files can be downloaded. Check it out here:  http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lfmm/nmp/...

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Make Manure Safety A Priority

Date: October 26, 2016 Authors: Richard Gates, 217-244-2791, rsgates@illinois.edu Jay Solomon, 815-235-4125, jssolomo@illinois.edu Sources: Extension Specialists in Region Recent deaths of cattle in the Illinois-Iowa-Wisconsin region point to pit gases as the cul...

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2017 CLM Training Dates Set

The 2017 annual Certified Livestock Manager Training Program schedule is set. Dates and locations are listed below, and published on the  CLM Training page .   January 31, 2017 - Springfield IL: Illinois Pork Expo, Prairie Capital Convention Center, 1 Convention Center Plaza, Springfield, IL February 7, 2017 - Bloomington, IL: McLean County...

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Manure Gases are DEADLY

Date: August 18, 2016 Source: Richard Gates, 217-244-2791, rsgates@illinois.edu News Writer: Leanne Lucas, 217-244-2862, llucas@illinois.edu Hydrogen sulfide and methane gasses from liquid/slurry stores can be lethal. Remember key safety rules bef...

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Unrolling Hay

Round bales are a cost effective way to purchase the hay. However, there are some concerns with feeding these large round bales, and sometimes people look for a way to feed part of a roll at a time or spread the roll over a larger area. For animals in a barn, often feed is supplied in a trough, making hay bales inappropriate. Some people feeding in a field do not have hay rings or do not like t...

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Illinois Farmers Invited to Participate in a Panel Discussion about the Benefits of Livestock Production

Posted by Laura Pepple - Livestock

Illinois farmers are invited to participate in a valuable discussion on Adding Livestock: Building for the Future from the convenience of their own office or home. The program is sponsored by the Illinois Soybean Association. Whether farmers are adjusting to changes in the commodity market, or working to bring the next generation back to the farm, it's an exciting, yet challeng...

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Ever wondered how far apart your barns need to be for adequate ventilation, then look no further.

How much space is needed between naturally ventilated buildings? Separation distances between buildings are not always the primary consideration when anticipating building a new structure, but poor planning will lead to headaches later. Typically a 50-60 foot space between buildings is recommended for fire safety, however often that distance is less than appropriate for...

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Manure provides 'total nutrient package' for cropland

Last week the IL Pork Expo, the Illinois Pork Producers and IL Soybean Assoc. hosted a breakout session on CONTRACT PRODUCTION OPPORTUNITIES FOR FARMERS. In this session we heard from many of the swine integrators that contract in the state on the options available to contract with them. We also heard from two farmer that had recently constructed swine finishing facilities in Illinois, as well as...

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Iowa State’s New Online Tool for Evaluating Best Management Practice’s for Reducing Odor, Dust, and Gas Emissions

Iowa State has recently launched an online tool to help livestock producers evaluate best management practices (BMPs) to reduce odor, dust and gas emissions. For producers considering using BMPs to reduce a gas or odor emitted from a site, this tool provides insights on both the cost to implement and how effective the BMP should be. The online tool give information about how effective the BMP i...

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