The Manureshed initiative seeks to catalyze connections among livestock and crop systems so that manure can be efficiently and sustainably used as fertilizer. With coordinated processing and transport, manure could replace 35% of the Phosphorus and 8% of the Nitrogen applied as fertilizer in the US each year. Accordingly, strategic manure redistribution and recycling provides a solution to some of the greatest production and conservation challenges facing US agriculture while promoting climate change adaptation and mitigation. We envision a nationwide manureshed system powered by a diversity of actors who collaboratively manage manure resources based on system-level optimization, and who prioritize the removal of barriers to adoption of manure recycling. In this webinar, we discuss the manureshed vision, the geographic barriers to manureshed recycling, the social networks underlying manureshed management at multiple scales, and provide examples of industry-specific manureshed solutions.
An application for continuing education credit for Certified Crop Advisors (CCAs) and members of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) will be submitted.
- Sheri Spiegal, USDA-ARS
- Colton Flynn, USDA-ARS
- Gwendwr Meredith, University of Idaho
- Robb Meinen, Penn State University
Handouts (PDF format) will be available the day of the webinar at the live webinar information page. Find out more about this webinar and future webinars by the Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Community (LPELC).