- University of Kentucky resources
- Kentucky weekly crop & weather reports
- EPRCA reporting resources
- Ventilation-related resources
- Propane-related resources
- Other farm-related factsheets
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.
SERC - Kentucky Disaster and Emergency Services
1000 Minuteman Pkwy
Frankfort, KY 40601-6120
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
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.
Information and Resources:
- CFLs Information – ENERGY STAR Website
- CFLs and Mercury – ENERGY STAR Website
- FAQs on CFLs and Mercury – ENERGY STAR
- Mercury-Containing Light Bulb FAQ – EPA Website
- Mercury-Containing Light Bulb Recycling – EPA Website
- What to do if a CFL breaks? – EPA Website
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 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)