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Feasibility Assessment of Dairy Biochar as a Value‐Added Potting Mix in Horticulture and Ornamental Gardening

October 31, 2018 | By Cornell University and Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy |

Dairy manure biochar is a nutrient-rich fertilizer with approximately twice the nutrient content of the original manure by mass, and more than three times that by volume. Additionally, conversion to biochar stabilizes the carbon so that more than half will remain to benefit soil fertility and carbon sequestration for over a century after application.  View the Dairy Innovations technical report.

 


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Fertilizers' impact on soil health compared

October 30, 2018 | By American Society of Agronomy |

In a newly published study, researchers dug into how fertilizing with manure affects soil quality, compared with inorganic fertilizer. Ozlu and his team concluded that long-term annual application of manure improved most soil quality properties compared to inorganic fertilizer. Ozlu concluded, "If you think of soil as a heart, manure is the lifeblood going through it."


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Giving Up Meat Won’t Save The Climate | Opinion

October 30, 2018 | By Frank M. Mitloehner |

As the scale and impacts of climate change become increasingly alarming, meat is a popular target for action. Advocates urge the public to eat less meat to save the environment. Some activists have called for taxing meat to reduce consumption of it. A key claim underlying these arguments holds that globally, meat production generates more greenhouse gases than the entire transportation sector. However, this claim is demonstrably wrong, as I will show.


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Washington dairies win concession on new manure rules

October 29, 2018 | By Christopher Guly |

Washington dairies scored a victory Thursday as an appeals panel told the Department of Ecology to revise its new manure-storage regulations to conform with Natural Resources Conservation Service standards for lagoons.


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