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April 2008 IMMAG Update

Welcome to the monthly electronic update for the Iowa Manure Management Action Group (IMMAG) web site. This update is provided as a service to inform you about changes made to the IMMAG Web Page or items of interest dealing with manure management and air quality from animal feeding operations. If you wish to receive this mailing or have your name removed from the mailing list please contact me at (515) 294-9590 or You may also view this update with direct links on the CURRENT NEWS site on IMMAG.

CURRENT NEWS: The Current News page on the IMMAG site is updated weekly. Please check this site often for the latest news regarding animal feeding operations and manure management issues.

An article appearing in the Des Moines Register on April 10 reported that the Environmental Protection Commission plans to discuss banning the spreading of manure on snow-covered or frozen ground at the next commission meeting scheduled for May 13. The agenda for the May has not yet been posted. Stay tuned for information on this discussion.

The following is a list of bills in the Iowa Legislature affecting livestock operations and manure management issues. This list is posted to the Current News and Legislation section of the IMMAG web page. Check this site often to keep up-to-date with the latest news and bills.

HF 2688 An Act providing for efforts to mitigate odor emitted from a livestock operation including by providing for basic and applied research and evaluations, providing for implementation, and including applicability and effective date provisions.

HF 2692 An Act relating to animal feeding operations by regulating livestock markets, open feedlot operations, and the stockpiling of manure, providing for applicability and enforcement, making penalties applicable, and providing effective dates.

PUBLICATIONS and REPORTS: The Heartland Water Quality Coordination Initiative just released a new series of publications on the impact of feeding distillers grains on nutrient management planning. The new publications and other feed management publications can be found linked on the Feed Management Section of the IMMAG Publications and Reports page or you can access the new publications directly from the titles listed below:

Emerging Ethanol Industry: Implications of Animal Manure Management
Impact of Feeding Distillers Grain on Nutrient Management Planning for Beef Cattle Systems
Impact of Feeding Distillers Grains on Comprehensive Nutrient Management Planning for Poultry Layer Production Systems
Impact of Feeding Distillers Grains on Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans for Swine
Impact of Feeding Distillers Grains on Nutrient Management Planning on Dairy Farms

EVENTS: For a complete list of events, please see the IMMAG events page at:

April 25, 2008 at 1:30 p.m. Central. LPE Educational Webcast Series "Pharmaceuticals in Animal Manure- Potential Impacts and their Management" (part 2). Please note date change! To participate in the Webcast see:

May 19-21, 2008. Mitigating Air Emissions from Animal Feeding Operations. As the interest in mitigating air emission from animal feeding operations increases, practical mitigation options need to be readily available to producers. This conference, hosted by Iowa State University, is designed to provide practical information related to mitigation of air emissions for technical service providers, extension personnel, industry consultants, and facility owners and operators. In addition to the opening general session, that includes discussion of regulatory trends and the state of the science in both the US and Europe, 60 technical papers are scheduled to be presented relating to prevention, capture, treatment, masking, and dispersal of air emissions. Registration for conference attendees is $125, and registration for exhibitors $500.
May 4, 2008 -Early conference registration ends, $50 additional registration fee after May 4
For registration and hotel details, see the conference website below. Additional information and registration details are available on the conference website at:

May 16, 2008. LPE Educational Webcast Series "Market-Based Conservation- Implications for Manure Management." To participated in the Webcast see:

June 9-11, 2008. Midwest Composting School. This 3-day school features a program that will train participants in the science and art of composting.  The school focuses on a combination of hands-on training, lecture and discussion, facility operator panel discussions, and problem solving. The school will be located at the Field Extension Education Lab (FEEL) near Ames, IA. For more information contact Kapil Arora at (515) 382-6551 or visit


Angela Rieck-Hinz
2104 Agronomy Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011
(515) 294-9590
Iowa Manure Management Action Group

Manure sampling - Click on photo to enlarge

Manure sampling.


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