Manitoba Livestock Manure Management Initiative Targets Nutrient Management Research

CANADA - Farm-Scape: Episode 2217. Farm-Scape is a Wonderworks Canada production and is distributed courtesy of Manitoba Pork Council and Sask Pork.
calendar icon 12 August 2006
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Farm-Scape, Episode 2217

The Manitoba Livestock Manure Management Initiative is encouraging scientists to suggest research that will help producers adapt to new provincial manure nutrient management regulations.

The Manitoba Livestock Manure Management Initiative was launched in 1998 to provide funding for research related to the management of livestock manure.

Initiative executive director Brigitte Hamilton says, under the latest call for proposals, researchers are being encouraged to submit projects that will help livestock producers comply with new provincial soil and water enhancement regulations.

"The current focus is a little bit driven by the legislation that is coming out here in Manitoba particularly with regard to phosphorus management.

These are the proposed regulations that the province of Manitoba is introducing regarding the limits of levels of soluble phosphorus in soils.

This is one area that this request for proposals is really focusing on and, in a way, trying to get in line or a little bit ahead of what's happening on the legislative side so producers are prepared for it when it does go into force.

We are looking for projects that can help us to either reduce phosphorus in manure itself or find new ways to use manure so it doesn't get put on the soil in the first place and, in that way, address concerns that are invariably going to come up with the new legislation coming into force."

Since its launch the Manitoba Livestock Manure Management Initiative has made available more than four million dollars for research into manure management technology.

The deadline for application to this latest request for proposals is September 6th.

For Farmscape.Ca, I'm Bruce Cochrane.

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