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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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Digesters Growing With RNG

October 29, 2018 | By Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor |

Methane digesters are the new growth wave in renewable energy for agriculture.  The stick and the carrot are both at work here. As livestock operations work on ways to manage manure, the changing landscape of environmental regulations and legal challenges -- along with state and federal grants and energy credits -- are combining to start an uptick in methane digesters to produce renewable natural gas (RNG).
 

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