Archive for January, 2013

  • National Air Quality Site Assessment Tool (NAQSAT)

    Friday, January 25th, 2013

    The National Air Quality Site Assessment Tool (NAQSAT) was developed for livestock and poultry producers to assist in determining the areas on their operations where opportunities exist to make changes resulting in reduced air emissions. This tool can generally be run in 30-60 minutes and can be found at http://naqsat.tamu.edu/. Data is only stored on line for 30 [...]

  • Livestock and Poultry Breeding Pollution Underestimated

    Thursday, January 10th, 2013

    CHINA – Latest figures reveal that the chemical oxygen demand (COD) and ammonia emissions of China’s livestock and poultry breeding in 2010 accounts for 45 per cent and 25 per cent of national total emissions respectively.
    The statistics were recently released by China’s Ministry of Environment Protection and Ministry of Agriculture.
    The COD and ammonia emissions of [...]

  • Fertiliser Application Rule Protects Farmers

    Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

    A new set of fertiliser application regulations from the Office of the Indiana State Chemist helps ensure proper nutrient management and protects farmers and the environment, a Purdue Extension beef specialist says.
    The rule, which goes into effect Feb. 16, includes staging and application restrictions for both inorganic, or commercial, fertilisers and manure. It applies to [...]

  • The quest for sugarcane-based energy

    Monday, January 7th, 2013

    Within the next decade, sugarcane could be a very different plant: more drought resistant and less dependent on fertilizers and agricultural inputs and with a greater fiber content and a cellular wall that is more easily broken down to facilitate ethanol extraction from bagasse.
    If the genetic improvement projects conducted under the auspices of BIOEN, FAPESP Bioenergy [...]

  • Environmental Concerns over Zinc in Feed

    Friday, January 4th, 2013

    While expressing no concerns to consumers over the use of zinc oxide as a feed additive, an expert panel of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded that there is a potential environmental concern related to groundwater, drainage and the run-off of zinc to surface water.
    Following a request from the European Commission, the EFSA [...]