Keeping Fresh Manure management today requires planning and diligence to be able to be a leader in environmental stewardship. Dr. Steve Pohl, South Dakota State University, runs through the types of systems to handle pig manure and what managers and staff need to know for each. Some key message include that the farmer must be a good neighbor, knows the rules, and considers environment before expansion.
Keep Up Your Image Robert Brundage, attorney with Newman, Comley & Ruth P.C., details the current activities in Missouri related nuisance lawsuits and environmental compliance. The litigation is complex and takes time. Mr. Brundage also addresses questions from the audience about the future issues and what producers should keep an eye on in the next 18 months. Several take aways: Robert suggests looking at your operation with a eye toward appearances and cleanliness. If a non farm person visited, what would they see, smell, and hear?
Air quality standards have not gone away for livestock producers and we are still fighting against burdensome water run-off regulation. National Pork Producers Council Chief Environmental Council Michael Formica briefs press and producers at the recent World Pork Expo.
Bruce Cochrane of Farmscape.ca shares this conversation with Dr. Don Flaten, the chair of the National Centre for Livestock and the Environment at the University of Manitoba, discussing the issues surrounding the provincial concerns about livestock waste management and water quality.
National Pork Board's Director of Environmental Programs Allan Stokes shares work underway to identify our industry's carbon footprint. Stokes noted the importance of answering consumer questions and providing producers information for use in their own operations. The National Pork Board has a information post titled An Introduction to Carbon Footprints, that provides information on the significant importance of carbon and carbon markets to the pork industry and its customers.