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Pit additive study
Indiana Pork is partnering with NPB and ISDA to research the effectiveness of currently available deep pit additive products on reduction of odors, hydrogen sulfide, ammonia and other volatile gas emissions from stored swine manure. The research is being conducted at Iowa State University and the products being evaluated include those most commonly used in commercial swine production in the U.S. and State of Indiana. In addition, pit manure additives are also be tested for their impact on manure properties including solids content and microbial community. The results of the study will help producers determine the proper product for their specific use and the cost effectiveness of using the product on their farm. The study is being conducted in two phases with the first phase results available in spring of 2019.
As producers and industry leaders, we recognize the continued importance of responsible production and manure management practices for the future sustainability of pork production in Indiana. Along with best management and conservation practices used on-farm every day, Indiana Pork represents all pork producers by cooperating with statewide efforts for nutrient management and soil health. One area of focus is nutrient monitoring and implementation of best management practices in the St. Mary’s River Watershed. The St. Mary’s River Watershed is a part of the Western Lake Eerie Basin which has been identified for a 40% reduction in phosphorus loading in the watershed over the next several years. While pork production and manure application is only one of many contributing factors to nutrients in the watershed, Indiana Pork recognizes that no matter the size of our contribution to nutrient loading, we want to be a part of the solution. Our participation not only allows us to be active in addressing our own challenges but also allows us to educate fellow stakeholders about how manure is applied and the current regulations governing manure application.
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