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January 21, 2015
FEATURED NEWS: Farmer named 2015 MSU Dairy Farmer of the Year
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WA federal judge allows citizen suit over manure

In a ruling which is the first of its kind, a federal judge in Washington has decided that manure, when not used as a beneficial fertilizer or soil conditioner, can be considered solid waste as the term is defined in the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). >> Read full article

Get the scoop on poultry litter use

Poultry producers and other farmers who use poultry litter should attend the “MANURE: Managing All Nutrients by Using Resources Efficiently” workshop on February 2 in Loogootee, Ind. >> Read full article

Farmers can avoid runoff headaches

A new year, and a new cropping season ahead, offers a good time for Wisconsin’s farmers to write their nutrient management plans, or if they already have plans, to review and update them, says Sara Walling. >> Read full article

Sask student tackles manure management plan

Biological engineering student Alanna Howell is studying the manure produced by more than 80 cows at the institution's dairy research and teaching facility. She's trying to develop a new manure management plan for the university so it can reduce its environmental footprint. >> Read full article

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 Featured News 

Farmer named 2015 MSU Dairy Farmer of the Year

Mike Rasmussen of Edmore, Mich., is the Michigan State University Department of Animal Science‘s 2015 Dairy Farmer of the Year. “I am very humbled that the industry I love would recognize me,” Rasmussen said. “There have been some pretty great people in the past who have received this honor, and it is very gratifying to be among them.”

Rasmussen operates Hillhaven Farms along with his wife, Sonja, and three children – Jesse, Wilbert and Gracie. Mike and his father, Chris Rasmussen, are co-owners of the Montcalm County farm. >> Learn More…

 Event Calendar 

Midwest Manure Summit

February 24-25, 2015
Location: Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, Green Bay, WI >> More Info

Western United Dairymen Annual Convention

March 18-20, 2015
Location: Tenaya Lodge, Yosemite, CA >> More Info

Waste to Worth

March 30-April 3, 2015
Location: Westin Hotel, Seattle, Washington >> More Info

Dairy Environmental Systems & Climate Adaptation Conference and Tour

July 29-31, 2015
Location: The Statler Hotel, Ithaca, NY >> More Info