ItemIt’s a manure party!Workman, Kirsten; Darby, Heather; Erb, Kevin (Progressive Dairy, 2023-11)The North American Manure Expo (NAME) is coming to New York in 2024! This international event started in 2001 as a first-of-its-kind event to highlight “professionalism in nutrient management.” The Expo combines three attractions into one big event – manure technology and equipment demonstrations, a manure-focused industry trade show, and educational events and tours that include continuing education credits. ItemManure storage impermeable cover and flare systems – Potential climate benefits and considerationsOliver, Jason; Ray, Lauren (Progressive Dairy, 2023-11)Cover and flare systems are suitable for dairy farms of all herd sizes and can help mitigate methane and other emissions while improving climate resiliency. Impermeable covers are gas-tight plastic membranes installed over the surface of a suitable manure storage structure to capture emissions and exclude rainwater. Biogas collected from under the cover can be combusted in a flare to reduce the potent greenhouse gas, methane, and to lessen potent carbon dioxide. Rainwater can be temporarily stored on the cover and used on-farm or pumped into an appropriate vegetated area. ItemManure application strategies for efficiency and environmental benefitWorkman, Kirsten (Progressive Dairy, 2023-11)Dairy producers have a valuable resource in the form of manure to provide home-grown nutrients for sustainable crop production and organic matter back to their soil. However, managing that manure responsibly comes at the cost of cash, labor, and environmental challenges. Manure equipment manufacturers, custom applicators, and dairy farmers have embraced innovation and technology to get the job done well, but will need to continue to evolve to meet the challenges of dairy farming in the Northeast in 2023 and beyond. ItemGreenhouse gas emissions from dairy and agricultureRay, Lauren; Oliver, Jason; Workman, Kirsten (Progressive Dairy, 2023-11)Many agricultural activities can directly contribute to the emissions of greenhouse gases, but what are those greenhouse gases and agriculture’s exact impact? What role does dairy production play? We distill the science and provide the facts about U.S. dairy and greenhouse gas emissions. ItemHow ammonia emissions can impact climate changeLeytem, April (Progressive Dairy, 2023-11)Often, when people think about climate change and livestock production, they think about methane, as there has been a lot of focus on reduction of methane from both the cattle themselves (enteric) as well as from manure storage. But methane is not the only driver of climate change from livestock production. Reactive nitrogen, which includes all biologically, chemically, and radiatively active nitrogen compounds in the atmosphere and biosphere, can play an important role in climate change. Nitrogen transforms and is lost through many pathways as it cycles through agricultural operations. The primary forms of reactive nitrogen lost are ammonia, nitrate, nitrous oxide, and N oxides. This loss of reactive nitrogen to the environment is of increasing concern as negative impacts on water, air quality, sensitive ecosystems, and climate can ultimately have negative consequences for human, animal and environmental health. ItemFarm of the futureBerry, Julie (Progressive Dairy, 2023-11)Real-time data-driven research, extension, and education come together to envision the Farm of the Future in a project funded by a $4.3 million U.S. Department of Agriculture grant headed by Cornell researchers in collaboration with the Cornell Institute for Digital Agriculture (CIDA). ItemThe Manager November 2023: Getting smart about manure(Progressive Dairy, 2023-11)The Manager is published by Progressive Dairy, an award-winning magazine that provides compelling features, helpful articles, insightful news analysis, and entertaining commentary about the people, practices and topics related to a dairy lifestyle. ItemTechnology within your training systemLutz, Kaitlyn (Progressive Dairy, 2023-07)Odds are if I asked about technology and regulations in place on your dairy you'd tell me there are significantly more of both today than 20 years ago. I would also guess you're more interested in one than the other! Many states, and countries, are seeing rapid changes in environmental, labor, and animal care regulations. Along with these changes come new training requirements for employees to stay up to date and in compliance. The FARM program's current version 4.0, for example, brought about annually required training in the areas of euthanasia, calf care, stockmanship, fitness for transport, and non-ambulatory cattle handling. Along with meeting regulatory requirements, effective employee training is essential to stay competitive in today's dairy industry, where labor is short and margins are tight. ItemStructure and clarity retain employees and enhance efficiencyMcCarthy, Collin (Progressive Dairy, 2023-07)One of the biggest differences between farmers who struggle to be progressive and make changes and those who possess the agility to tackle change boils down to structure and clarity. These farms have a framework of systems and a clear chain of command so employees know how to have concerns addressed and how to get things done quickly. These dynamic farms through management structure provide true clarity for employees: clarity of how and why they do their jobs, how their jobs impact the business, and how everyone fits in the structure of the farm. ItemCrop season safetyCarrabba, Jim; Lawrence, Joe; Workman, Kirsten (Progressive Dairy, 2023-07)Farming is not just a job. It is a way of life. Unfortunately, many dangers are associated with this vocation. Individuals on farms are exposed to a host of mechanical and environmental hazards every day that increase risk of injury or death. It is vitally important to be safe and to keep employees safe and productive. Working safely and avoiding mishaps saves money and makes your operation more efficient, but most important, everyone should go home safely at the end of the day!