IMMAG Updates

April 2014

Welcome to the monthly 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 subscribe to this mailing please click here. You may also view this update with direct links on the CURRENT NEWS site on IMMAG.

CURRENT NEWS:

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Manure application on snow in late winter is an environmental and agronomic risk.  (click on photo to enlarge)Currently the DNR has put forth a rules package that will help bring Iowa’s NPDES permitting program up to standards with federal requirements. A link to the notice of intended action can be found on page 2064 of the April 16, 2014 Iowa Administrative Bulletin. Additional information can be found on the DNR’s web page, AFO Rules and Regulations. A list of public hearings can be found on the IMMAG Events page along with a link to the notice of intended action. Comments are due by May 13, 2014 to Gene Tinker, Iowa DNR, Wallace State Office Building, 502 E. Ninth St., Des Moines, IA, 50319-0034.

Information released Friday April 18, requires reporting all swine herds diagnosed with PEDV and Swine Delta Coronavirus to USDA in attempt to slow the spread of these diseases. In addition to requiring reporting of the PED virus, today's announcement also will require tracking movements of pigs, vehicles, and other equipment leaving affected premises; however, movements would still be allowed. Additional information, including a question and answer document can be found on the USDA web page.

EVENTS:

The IMMAG Events page is a compilation of manure management related events. Please check the events page often for new listings.

May 23 at 1:30 p.m. The Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center webinar for May is "Bioaerosols from Feedlots and Dairy Farms". Aerosolized bacteria and endotoxin released from feedlot and dairy operation potentially pose a risk to the occupationally exposed as well as the general public. The results of two studies looking at offsite transport of bioaerosols and potential risks will be the focus of this webcast. More information can be found by clicking on the webinar title.


Angie

Angela Rieck-Hinz
2104 Agronomy Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011
(515) 294-9590
amrieck@iastate.edu
Iowa Manure Management Action Group
http://www.agronext.iastate.edu/immag/

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