Web Site is a Treasure Trove of Livestock Waste Management Information



A new Web site provides producers with tools, resources, contacts and success stories to learn more about livestock waste management technologies.

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Web Site is a Treasure Trove of Livestock Waste Management Information

By Steve Werblow

Over the past two years, Partners has featured a series of articles on the latest tactics and technologies in livestock waste management, which represents both challenge and opportunity in the field.

A CTIC Web site dedicated to the topic, www.lwmtech.org, allows producers, advisors and regulators to dig deeper into the growing trove of online tools, data resources, contacts and success stories to help livestock operations meet their regulatory requirements, and even turn excess nutrients into money more effectively than ever.

"As a clearinghouse for information on conservation farming practices that can help producers improve their soil, protect water and air quality, and improve profitability, CTIC saw the opportunity to create this web site as a way to further fulfill our mission," says Karen Scanlon, executive director of CTIC. "We see steady on-line traffic as people browse through the wide variety of resources linked to the site."

Popular links include an array of online manure management planners, cost calculators and publications developed by university specialists in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Region 5, which includes Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and 35 Tribes. Contact information for waste management experts in the region are available by simply clicking on a map.

There is also a Success Stories section, archiving all of the manure management features run in Partners over the past two years. The articles cover livestock waste management issues ranging from how to calculate the value of manure to how innovative producers are using it for nutrients or even green energy.

Scanlon points out that www.lwmtech.org is a work in progress, always open to updates and new links that could help broaden visitors' opportunities for environmentally and economically sound manure management.

"The Technology section contains a link through which users can contribute new resources and leads," Scanlon says. "Livestock waste management technology is steadily growing, and we plan to have the Web site grow with the field."

About the Writer: Steve Werblow is a freelance agricultural writer based in Ashland, Ore.