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February 3, 2016
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MD chicken farmers seek relief

Small Maryland farms are pleading for relief from the state’s new chicken-poop regulations, saying it’s too much of a burden for them to have to store and dispose of excess waste. >> Read full article

Stewardship recognized

Five poultry farm winners and two finalists were recognized for their exemplary environmental stewardship by the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) at the 2016 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE). >> Read full article

Field studies show results

Scientists are actively pursuing answers to how nutrients are moving and leaving farmers’ fields in the western Lake Erie basin, and the results could be a little surprising. >> Read full article

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Creative composting

Manure can be a valuable commodity, if the distance to haul it isn’t too large and if it’s composted. Composted manure has very little odor and the weed seeds have been killed. However, if you can substantially boost the N, P and K content, your composted manure is going to be that much more in demand – and the profits will be that much better.

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 Event Calendar 

Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference

February 4-6, 2016
Location: Mt. Pleasant, MI >> More Info

World Ag Expo

February 9-11, 2016
Location: Tulare, CA >> More Info

National Farm Equipment Show

February 10-13, 2016
Location: Louisville, KY >> More Info