RESOURCES

University of Kentucky

Poultry research program

Kentucky resources to meet the energy needs of 2025

Video from Dr. Brian Fairchild's tunnel ventilation workshop given to Perdue growers

If you are interested in receiving copies of these videos on a CD, please contact Dr. Jacquie Jacob

Kentucky Weekly Crop & Weather reports

(National Agricultural Statistics Service, Kentucky Field Office) - Released weekly April - November

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Recorded webinar: National Air Quality Site Assessment Tool

The National Air Quality Site Assessment Tool (NAQSAT) has been developed for the voluntary use of livestock producers and their advisors or consultants. It is intended to provide assistance to livestock and poultry producers in determining the areas in their operations where there are opportunities to make changes that result in reduced air emissions. Air emissions research from livestock production systems is increasing every year. NAQSAT is based on the most accurate, credible data currently available regarding mitigation strategies for air emissions of ammonia, methane, volatile organic compounds, hydrogen sulfide, particulates, and odor.

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EPRCA REPORTING RESOURCES AVAILABLE

On December 18, 2008 the U.S. EPA published a final rule that clarified which livestock facilities must report air emissions from their facilities. The two laws of interest are the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPRCA).

Animal agriculture was granted an administrative exemption from reporting air emissions that normally occur from raising farm animals under CERCLA. In previous drafts of the EPCRA rule had created a complete exemption for reporting air emissions from animal agriculture, but in the final version, large concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) ARE NOT EXEMPT. The rule became effective January 20, 2009. LARGE CAFOs MAY FACE INCREASING LIABILITY FOR NON-COMPLIANCE FOLLOWING THIS DATE.

The Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center Air Quality team has assembled information about this rule including determining responsibility, estimating emissions, and making a report.

Contact information:

SERC - Kentucky Disaster and Emergency Services

1000 Minuteman Pkwy

Frankfort, KY 40601-6120

Phone: 1-800-255-2587

LEPC -Contact information for your local emergency planning committee

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VENTILATION RELATED RESOURCES

Auburn University - Poultry ventilation and housing

University of Georgia – Poultry housing tips

Midwest Plan Service

National Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service

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PROPANE-RELATED INFORMATION

Propane: A consumer tip sheet– Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

Propane prices: what consumers should know – USDA/National Energy Information Administration

Frequently asked questions about propane prices - Arkansas Propane Gas Association

Alternatives to high propane prices (Auburn University)

Propane safety factsheets - Suburban Propane

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OTHER FARM-RELATED FACTSHEETS

Stretches & Postures at work - Farm Safety Association

YouTube video - Solar panels power poultry houses

November Agent Economic Resource: See Blue Go Green ~ Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs)

An ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) uses 75% less energy than an incandescent bulb and saves approximately $30 over its lifetime. The links below provide general information about CFLs, including what to do if a CFL breaks and local and state CFL collection and recycling programs (for spent CFLs)*. 

*Spent CFLs can be taken to The Home Depot, which has launched a nationwide CFL bulb recycling initiative.  However, if you do not live near a Home Depot contact your local county Solid Waste Coordinator, garbage provider, or local utility company for other collection and recycling programs in your area. In addition you can visit the EPA site to learn of a program near you.

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Information and Resources:

University of Kentucky Resources:

Agricultural Communications News and Information: Extension TV and Radio news programs

USDA Outlook reports:

The World Agricultural Outlook Board (WAOB)

World supply and demand estimates

World Agricultural Outlook Board - weekly weather and crop bulletin

Weekly Weather - State Stories: This full-text file contains reports, issued weekly during the growing season, listing planting, fruiting, and harvesting progress and overall condition of selected crops in major producing states. The data, summarized by crop and by state, are republished along with any corrections in the Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin.

Ag Decision Maker - Iowa State University

An agricultural economics and business website (focuses primarily on pig production but the concepts are the same for any livestock enterprise)

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