Archive for June, 2012

  • New CFO and CAFO Rules Mean Operational Changes

    Thursday, June 28th, 2012

    Last fall, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management approved revised rules that altered the environmental management requirements of confined feeding operations, called CFOs, and concentrated animal feeding operations, known as CAFOs. Indiana defines a CFO as “any animal feeding operation engaged in the confined feeding [...]

  • Miratorg announces large pig farm in Russian Kursk

    Thursday, June 21st, 2012

    Russian agricultural holding Miratorg, currently the largest pork producer in the country, has recently announced plans to open a pig farm Pristensky in the Kursk region near the end of 2012. The total worth of the complex is estimated to cost up to 6.25 billion rubles (US$205 mln).
    The farm will consist [...]

  • Strict Rules Limit Farm Size

    Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

    In 2003, the US Environmental Protection Agency strengthened Federal Clean Water Act (CWA) regulations governing the handling and application of manure by livestock operations. An important and unchanging feature of these CWA regulations is that operations confining more than a specific number of livestock face more stringent rules. In recent [...]

  • Dairy Wastewater Affects Aquatic Animals

    Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

    The study, led by scientists at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, is the first to document the unusual behavior of estrogens in wastewater lagoons. The study appears in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.
    Just as new mothers undergo hormonal changes that enable them to breastfeed, lactating cows generate estrogenic hormones that [...]

  • Forum to debate new scientific agenda related to RIO+20

    Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

    The international scientific community has already determined that after the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (RIO+20), it will be necessary to establish a research and technology agenda and inaugurate a new relationship between science and society.
    The path to this goal will be defined during the week preceding RIO+20 at the [...]

  • Largest pig complex in Russia to be constructed

    Friday, June 1st, 2012

    Agro-industrial holding Bio-tone has announced plans to begin construction of a large pork production complex in September in Russia with the total investment amount of 18 billion roubles (US$ 510 million).
    The new complex will produce 96 thousands tonnes of pork per year. The pig houses will be designed for 480 thousands pigs [...]