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Two articles: Variance from Winter Manure Spreading Ban Possible; Floating Plant Mats Help Clean Manure Lagoons, Produce Biomass

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A prototype manure-analyzing device that works off a car or truck battery has been built. Chemist James B. Reeves, at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Environmental Management and Byproduct Utilization Laboratory in Beltsville, Md., designed the portable, easy-to-use analyzer so that farmers can tell quickly how much nitrogen and water are in a sample of manure.

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Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are developing a method to reduce problems with cattle manure – all they need is a little thyme.

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A study in the Oct. 12 online edition of the Journal of Environmental Quality shows that fresh vegetables may contain antibiotics when they’re grown in soil that has been amended with manure that contains antibiotics (often included in conventional animal feed).

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I am deeply concerned about a new direction for policy that I see developing behind the scenes at the U. S. Department of Agriculture: A crusade is brewing to eliminate the use of livestock manure on vegetable farms. The forces behind the effort base their argument on their fear of pathogenic microbes. This fear has been heightened by many recent stories in the press, worldwide, about disease and death that may be traced back to food.

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