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Ag Fan Testing: U of I BESS Labs

Each spring semester, students in the Animal Science 403 pork production course get a brief introduction to ventilation fans, air inlets, environment control and manure management. Today, we share the information about the BESS lab in Agricultural and Biological Engineering at U of I. A unique laboratory, BESS conducts ventilation fan performance testing for companies, and posts results in an onli...

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Incandescent, CFL and LED bulbs. The choice is getting easy.

The TSM 371 Residential Housing class analyzed the simple life cycle cost of 5 different bulb selections for a utility room (12' x 15') requiring 9,000 lumens of lighting. The bulb choices were: 8 incandescent 75W bulbs vs 12 CFL vs 3 different LED bulbs. Local pricing was used for this homework. LED bulb life was 11,000 hours, CFL life 6,000 hours and incandescent life...a dismal 750 hours. A...

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Nutrient budget worksheets are now available online

Nitrogen-limiting and phosphorus-limiting nutrient budget worksheets are now available online. Swine, beef, and turkey producers can utilize these online worksheets to easily calculate their manure application rates. N-limiting worksheet P-limiti...

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Farms may be required to report as early as Jan 22, 2018 under CERCLA

Update! On January 19, 2018, Friday, EPA filed a motion with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to further delay issuance of the mandate. Please check EPA's website to reach recent information on the court mandate. -----------------...

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2018 Illinois Pork Expo slated for February 6-8 2018

Mark your calendars: The 2018 Illinois Pork Expo is February 6-7, 2018 in Springfield, IL.   - Largest swine specific tradeshow in Illinois with over 165 exhibitor booths - Educational seminars - Talk to industry experts -...

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CERCLA Air Emissions Reporting Delayed until Jan 22, 2018 at the earliest

UPDATE- According to the new Q&A posted on the EPA's website, those farmers who have already made their initial continuous release notification do NOT need to submit their written report to the EPA regional office within 30 days. They may wait to submit the written report until the court issues the mandate. No additional call or e-mail to the National Respo...

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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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