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How Much Gas Do Beef or Dairy Cattle Produce?

by Zifei Liu


Beef and dairy cattle operations produce greenhouse gas emissions from feed digestion and manure decomposition. Producers need to be aware of what gases are emitted and why they are of concern so they can take steps to control and counteract these emissions. 4-page, color.

Published Date: Apr 2015

Leachate from Silage and Wet Feed Storage

by Joseph P. Harner III et al.


As responsible stewards of the environment, producers need to remain aware of the risk of leachate from silage and other wet feed ingredient storages, and take appropriate steps to reduce and manage the leachate/runoff from feed storage and processing areas. This publication describes factors for consideration and best practices to implement. 4 pages, color.

Published Date: Oct 2020

Septic Tank Maintenance: A Key to Longer Septic System Life

by Judith M. Willingham


For a septic tank to work effectively and to protect the rest of the wastewater system, it must be pumped (emptied) periodically. This bulletin describes pumping, frequency, and other procedures. 4-page.

Revision Date: Aug 2010

Technologies for Odor Control in Swine Production Facilities

by Zifei Liu James P Murphy Joel M. DeRouchey


Outlines best practices for managing odors and air pollution related to swine facilities. 6-page, b/w.

Published Date: Apr 2014

Anaerobic Digestion of Livestock Manure: Feasibility and Factors to Consider

by Zifei Liu


Anaerobic digestion (AD) of livestock manure offers a management option for livestock producers to generate energy from manure. Producers must weigh the costs of an AD system against the potential benefits. 4-page.

Published Date: Mar 2015

Onsite Wastewater Treatment System Additives

by G. Morgan Powell DeAnn Presley


Research indicates that additives are not a suitable alternative to proper septic tank maintenance. 2-page, b/w.

Published Date: Feb 2009

Why Do Onsite Wastewater (Septic) Systems Fail?

by G. Morgan Powell Judith M. Willingham


Do your drains empty slowly? Does sewage back up? Do you have a wet, smelly spot in your yard? Is your septic tank effluent piped to a road ditch, etc? If so, your septic system is failing. 4-page.

Revision Date: Sep 2010

Environmental Considerations for Composting Livestock Mortalities

by Joseph P. Harner III


Composting is a recycling process where bacteria and fungi decompose organic material in an aerobic environment. Dead animals are transformed by bacteria into soil-like material.

Published Date: May 2006

Onsite Wastewater Systems - Overview

by DeAnn Presley G. Morgan Powell


The simplest onsite systems are septic tank laterals and lagoon. The simplest septic systems have a septic tank and a dispersal field.

Revision Date: Jul 2010

Get to Know Your Septic System


If sewers & central wastewater treatment plants are not available, an onsite wastewater treatment system is needed. It must treat the wastewater and allow it to be absorbed by soil or evaporation.

Revision Date: Aug 2010

Site and Soil Evaluation for Onsite Wastewater Systems

by Don Chisam G. Morgan Powell Judith M. Willingham


A comprehensive site and soil evaluation is the key component affecting selection, design, and long-term performance of an onsite wastewater system.

Published Date: Mar 2004

Grass Recycling

by Charles W. Marr Robert I. Neier


Up to 25 percent of your lawn’s fertilizer needs are supplied by clippings left on the lawn. Clippings do not contribute to thatch. Save time, money, landfill space by leaving clippings on lawn.

Published Date: May 1995

National Air Quality Site Assessment Tool (NAQSAT) for Livestock Producers

by Zifei Liu


Provides guidance to livestock producers and conservation planners on how to use NAQSAT, a NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service) approved educational website, to identify air quality concerns at livestock operations. 4 pages, b/w.

Published Date: Jul 2017

Carbon Footprint of Livestock Production

by Zifei Liu


Livestock producers can evaluate the carbon footprint of their production and make environmentally responsible choices. A number of factors influencing carbon emissions are discussed as well as ways to operate facilities efficiently and responsibly. 4-page, color.

Published Date: Feb 2015

Phytoremediation: Protecting the Environment with Plants

by Ganga M. Hettiarachchi


Phytoremediation uses vegetation to contain, sequester, remove, or degrade inorganic and organic contaminants in soil, sediment, surface water, and groundwater. Kansas State University developed a phytoremediation database. The database contains more than 120 contaminants and 1,130 plant species. 8 p.

Published Date: Aug 2012

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