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May 2009 IMMAG Update

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: 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.

Iowa RUSLE2 Database Update
This message is an update to the message sent previously regarding the New RUSLE2 Iowa Database. The new file structure has been created by the programmers upon request of users stating concerns about the crop management zone folders. The new file folder structure provides a more logical approach to finding management files related to crops grown. It is not the intention of programmers to make your work more difficult but to simplify RUSLE2 use. We have made an attempt to keep your existing work intact although conditions apply as indicated below.
After you load up the new RUSLE2 database for Iowa, you may not have to re-construct your profiles, plans, and worksheets. This depends on how your previous work has been saved, especially, the crop management files. If your previous management files are saved in sub-folder   "c" of a crop management zone folder, then you will be able to import your existing work into the new database. On the other hand, if you have used pre-built management files from sub-folder   "a" or   "b", you will have broken links in case you choose to import your previous work.
Steps to import your previous work:
1.  Load up the new database into RUSLE2.
2.  Once the new database has been loaded, use the "Import Database" command from the   "Database" menu. Now select the old database in which all your work has been saved. After the database has been selected, click open.
3.  In the window that opens, there will be two parts of the window. In the left section of the window, you select what to import. At this time import only one management file and the corresponding profile.
4.  Place a check mark (red by default) ONLY to the management files from sub-folder   "c" and the corresponding profile/plan/worksheet.
5.  Just below the left section, select   "None" as dependent files. If you choose   "All", the software will import all the dependent files that are used in the calculations and will over-write the new files in the new database.
6.  Select   "Import to the same folder" below the right section of the window. Do not make any changes in the right section of the window.
7.  Click import. After the import is complete, open the profile/plan/worksheet that you just imported and check to see if all the data is still available and accurately linked. If it is, you have successfully imported the information. Repeat the process to import the remainder of your work.

In case you need additional information and/or have questions, please contact Kapil Arora, ISU Extension at 515-382-6551.

Note: At this point in time ISUE and NRCS do not have any future RUSLE2 workshops scheduled. If you think it would be beneficial to schedule a future RUSLE2 and Iowa P Index workshop to assist with manure/nutrient management planning, please email Angie at the address in the signature block at the end of this message.

Farm and Forestry Equipment Eligible for Reduce Iowa’s Diesel Exhaust Grants
Projects to reduce diesel engine exhaust are eligible for Recovery grant funding under a new competitive $1.49 million grant program offered through the Air Quality Bureau of the Department of Natural Resources. Called Reduce Iowa’s Diesel Exhaust (RIDE), applications will be accepted May 14 through June 29, 2009. Any unit of Iowa state or local government, public or private group or business owner that owns eligible diesel engines is eligible to apply. Targeted diesel engines are older models of off-road agricultural equipments such as tractors, combines, balers, mowers and irrigation equipment. Logging equipment such as chainsaws and shredders are also eligible. Other targeted diesel engines include older buses; heavy-duty and medium-duty trucks; locomotives, boats and barges, and off-road equipment for mining, and construction purposes or to generate energy. Complete guidelines and application forms are available at

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

June 8-10, 2009. The Midwest Extension Composting School will be held at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, MN. For more information, including the program agenda and registration information please visit the Web at:

June 19, 2009. The Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center Webcast Series is titled   "Composting Manure For Small Farms". This Webcast is available to all and can be accessed at:

July 22, 2009. The Upper Midwest Manure Handling Expo will be held at the Central Iowa Exp Site between Ames and Boone, IA. Currently the expo is accepting sponsorships and vendor applications. The agenda for the educational seminars has been finalized and posted. Information regarding the expo can be found at:
We hope you can join us at this event!



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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