Environmental Stewardship:Defining Your Ethic in a Farm Policy<br />Thomas Bass, Montana State University<br />Jill Heemst...
Environmental Concerns:Social Climate<br />Public has increased concern for environmental issues<br />Public also has lack...
Environmental Concerns<br />Primarily non-point source (NPS) water pollution<br />Collective run-off from an area (picture...
Existing Regulations<br />Primarily water quality driven<br />Clean Water Act (CWA: USEPA, 1972, ‘77 & ’87)<br />State rul...
Animal Feeding Operations<br />Most detailed rules apply to Animal Feeding Operations (AFOs & CAFOs)<br />Permitting: fede...
Pasture, Crop Land, Managed Forests & Orchards<br />Little specific regulation exists<br />Poor management could attract u...
Other Environmental Issues<br />Air Quality: interrelated issues<br />chemical compounds<br />odor & dust <br />Noxious We...
On the Horizon: Fuel Storage<br />US EPA – new rules in effect Nov. 2010<br />Spill Prevention, Control & Countermeasure P...
Overwhelmed? <br />Help is available….<br />Extension<br />Young Farmer/Rancher Advisors<br />USDA-NRCS<br />Conservation ...
Educate Yourself<br />Local programs and events<br />Publications from land-grant universities, agencies, associations and...
Overwhelmed?Create Your Own Environmental Plan<br />Be proactive, make your own decisions for good management<br />Declare...
What is important to you and your community?<br />Are there environmental issues in your community, state or region for wh...
What is important to you and your community?<br />List examples of resources that need protection and how farms may be con...
BREAK FOR DISCUSSION<br />Building Environmental Leaders in Animal Agriculture (BELAA)<br />NYFEA – YALE – Monterey, CA  D...
Planning Starts with a FarmEnvironmental Policy Statement<br />A policy statement briefly describes your operation and inc...
Environmental Policy as a Communication Tool<br />Help guide your business decisions, but also:<br />Share with buyers/mar...
Tools for a New Generation <br />Technology offers new tools and enhances traditional communication and learning<br />90% ...
Communicating Ag Advocacy<br />If you have a web presence, use your policy statement online<br />Post on your farm website...
Environmental Policy Statements<br />Description: importance of your farm, business and family goals<br />Environmental is...
Environmental Policy Statements<br />Pollution Prevention: specific resource and environmental goals important to your ope...
Note: tips for statements<br />Statement should not be generic<br />DO NOT use finite wording: use “reduce” or “limit” ins...
BREAK FOR EXERCISE(examples & worksheets)<br />Building Environmental Leaders in Animal Agriculture (BELAA)<br />NYFEA – Y...
BELAA Project<br />Building Environmental Leaders in Animal Agriculture<br />Funding: 3 yrs – USDA-NIFA<br />Partners:<br ...
BELAA Project<br />New and Beginning Producer Specific…<br />Educational materials (publications & presentations) <br />On...
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Feed Management
Manure Nutrient Management
Manure Treatment Technologies
Pathogens
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    1. 1. Environmental Stewardship:Defining Your Ethic in a Farm Policy<br />Thomas Bass, Montana State University<br />Jill Heemstra, University of Nebraska - Lincoln<br />Building Environmental Leaders in Animal Agriculture (BELAA)<br />NYFEA – YALE – Monterey, CA December 2010<br />
    2. 2. Environmental Concerns:Social Climate<br />Public has increased concern for environmental issues<br />Public also has lack of food, fiber and natural resource literacy<br />Neighbor Relations & Complicating Factors<br />urban encroachment<br />non-ag rural neighbors<br />Building Environmental Leaders in Animal Agriculture (BELAA)<br />NYFEA – YALE – Monterey, CA December 2010<br />
    3. 3. Environmental Concerns<br />Primarily non-point source (NPS) water pollution<br />Collective run-off from an area (picture depicts sediment from a large construction site) <br />Ag NPS could be from animal confinement & manure storage; chemical/fuel storage; fields; farm roads…<br />Building Environmental Leaders in Animal Agriculture (BELAA)<br />NYFEA – YALE – Monterey, CA December 2010<br />
    4. 4. Existing Regulations<br />Primarily water quality driven<br />Clean Water Act (CWA: USEPA, 1972, ‘77 & ’87)<br />State rules and delegated authority<br />State enforces on behalf of federal government<br />Local ordinances<br />zoning, setbacks, air quality, other…<br />Building Environmental Leaders in Animal Agriculture (BELAA)<br />NYFEA – YALE – Monterey, CA December 2010<br />
    5. 5. Animal Feeding Operations<br />Most detailed rules apply to Animal Feeding Operations (AFOs & CAFOs)<br />Permitting: federal and/or state level<br />Building Environmental Leaders in Animal Agriculture (BELAA)<br />NYFEA – YALE – Monterey, CA December 2010<br />
    6. 6. Pasture, Crop Land, Managed Forests & Orchards<br />Little specific regulation exists<br />Poor management could attract unwanted attention<br />Clean Water Act can still apply<br />Opportunity for voluntary conservation!<br />Building Environmental Leaders in Animal Agriculture (BELAA)<br />NYFEA – YALE – Monterey, CA December 2010<br />
    7. 7. Other Environmental Issues<br />Air Quality: interrelated issues<br />chemical compounds<br />odor & dust <br />Noxious Weeds<br />Wildlife/habitat<br />Others?<br />Building Environmental Leaders in Animal Agriculture (BELAA)<br />NYFEA – YALE – Monterey, CA December 2010<br />
    8. 8. On the Horizon: Fuel Storage<br />US EPA – new rules in effect Nov. 2010<br />Spill Prevention, Control & Countermeasure Plan(SPCC)<br />above-ground fuel storage exceeding 1,320 gallons<br />42,000 gallons of buried containers<br />Building Environmental Leaders in Animal Agriculture (BELAA)<br />NYFEA – YALE – Monterey, CA December 2010<br />
    9. 9. Overwhelmed? <br />Help is available….<br />Extension<br />Young Farmer/Rancher Advisors<br />USDA-NRCS<br />Conservation Districts<br />Fellow Producers<br />Consultants<br />Building Environmental Leaders in Animal Agriculture (BELAA)<br />NYFEA – YALE – Monterey, CA December 2010<br />
    10. 10. Educate Yourself<br />Local programs and events<br />Publications from land-grant universities, agencies, associations and NGOs<br />Valid online resources!<br />National events and conferences<br />Farmer-to-Farmer<br />Specials programs (BELLA)<br />Building Environmental Leaders in Animal Agriculture (BELAA)<br />NYFEA – YALE – Monterey, CA December 2010<br />
    11. 11. Overwhelmed?Create Your Own Environmental Plan<br />Be proactive, make your own decisions for good management<br />Declare and document the good practices you already do<br />Plan for future conservation practices<br />COMMUNICATE about your stewardship!<br />Building Environmental Leaders in Animal Agriculture (BELAA)<br />NYFEA – YALE – Monterey, CA December 2010<br />
    12. 12. What is important to you and your community?<br />Are there environmental issues in your community, state or region for which farms or ranches are generally viewed in a negative way? <br />Are there environmental issues in your community, state or region for which farms and ranches are generally viewed in a positive way?<br />Building Environmental Leaders in Animal Agriculture (BELAA)<br />NYFEA – YALE – Monterey, CA December 2010<br />
    13. 13. What is important to you and your community?<br />List examples of resources that need protection and how farms may be connected to them? <br />What issues do you see as being especially important 5 years from now? Further into the future?<br />Building Environmental Leaders in Animal Agriculture (BELAA)<br />NYFEA – YALE – Monterey, CA December 2010<br />
    14. 14. BREAK FOR DISCUSSION<br />Building Environmental Leaders in Animal Agriculture (BELAA)<br />NYFEA – YALE – Monterey, CA December 2010<br />
    15. 15. Planning Starts with a FarmEnvironmental Policy Statement<br />A policy statement briefly describes your operation and includes commitments to:<br />Environmental stewardship<br />Continual improvement<br />Compliance with all pertinent laws and regulations<br />Building Environmental Leaders in Animal Agriculture (BELAA)<br />NYFEA – YALE – Monterey, CA December 2010<br />
    16. 16. Environmental Policy as a Communication Tool<br />Help guide your business decisions, but also:<br />Share with buyers/markets<br />Share with lenders/insurers<br />Share with neighbors<br />Use for emergency communication after an accident or natural disaster<br />Share in first stages of a regulatory inquiry<br />Building Environmental Leaders in Animal Agriculture (BELAA)<br />NYFEA – YALE – Monterey, CA December 2010<br />
    17. 17. Tools for a New Generation <br />Technology offers new tools and enhances traditional communication and learning<br />90% of young farmers and ranchers use a computer for communication and learning<br />73% participate in social networking online<br />70% use online record keeping tools<br />85% access agriculture news online<br />(2010 – Young Farmer Rancher Survey – American Farm Bureau)<br />Building Environmental Leaders in Animal Agriculture (BELAA)<br />NYFEA – YALE – Monterey, CA December 2010<br />
    18. 18. Communicating Ag Advocacy<br />If you have a web presence, use your policy statement online<br />Post on your farm website<br />Advocate Ag in your social networking<br />Write about your stewardship in blogs<br />Share your stewardship on emerging NYFEA social/online networking<br />Building Environmental Leaders in Animal Agriculture (BELAA)<br />NYFEA – YALE – Monterey, CA December 2010<br />
    19. 19. Environmental Policy Statements<br />Description: importance of your farm, business and family goals<br />Environmental issues: relevant to your location, watershed or community<br />Compliance: commitment to comply with applicable rules<br />Building Environmental Leaders in Animal Agriculture (BELAA)<br />NYFEA – YALE – Monterey, CA December 2010<br />
    20. 20. Environmental Policy Statements<br />Pollution Prevention: specific resource and environmental goals important to your operation <br />Continuous Improvement: commitment to evaluate yourself and improve continuously as your operation grows<br />Building Environmental Leaders in Animal Agriculture (BELAA)<br />NYFEA – YALE – Monterey, CA December 2010<br />
    21. 21. Note: tips for statements<br />Statement should not be generic<br />DO NOT use finite wording: use “reduce” or “limit” instead of “eliminate”<br />DO NOT use time references: “will continually improve or stewardship” instead of “will accomplish in 5 years”<br />Examples in packet are for guidance… <br />Building Environmental Leaders in Animal Agriculture (BELAA)<br />NYFEA – YALE – Monterey, CA December 2010<br />
    22. 22. BREAK FOR EXERCISE(examples & worksheets)<br />Building Environmental Leaders in Animal Agriculture (BELAA)<br />NYFEA – YALE – Monterey, CA December 2010<br />
    23. 23. BELAA Project<br />Building Environmental Leaders in Animal Agriculture<br />Funding: 3 yrs – USDA-NIFA<br />Partners:<br />Building Environmental Leaders in Animal Agriculture (BELAA)<br />NYFEA – YALE – Monterey, CA December 2010<br />
    24. 24. BELAA Project<br />New and Beginning Producer Specific…<br />Educational materials (publications & presentations) <br />Online tools<br />Webcasts and online social networking<br />Access to expertise<br />Live seminars at NYFEA events<br />Curriculum support for HS Ag Teachers<br />Environmental Leaders Program<br />Building Environmental Leaders in Animal Agriculture (BELAA)<br />NYFEA – YALE – Monterey, CA December 2010<br />
    25. 25. Topics<br /><ul><li>Environmental Planning
    26. 26. Feed Management
    27. 27. Manure Nutrient Management
    28. 28. Manure Treatment Technologies
    29. 29. Pathogens
    30. 30. Regulations
    31. 31. Small Farms
    32. 32. Manure Storage, Handling & Mortality
    33. 33. Value and Economics of Manure</li></li></ul><li>Outputs : Website<br />http://www.extension.org/animal+manure+management<br /><ul><li>130 pages of original content
    34. 34. Archives web seminars
    35. 35. National manure management resources at one location
    36. 36. Research summaries
    37. 37. Ask the Expert
    38. 38. Calendar of state, regional and national events</li></li></ul><li>Becoming a Leader<br />NYFEA Environmental Leaders Program<br />Sign up now; 2.5 year pilot project<br />Participate in education<br />Set a good example/implement practices<br />Share knowledge and experience<br />or practice advocacy<br />Receive recognition and reward<br />Become a voice for the future of agriculture <br />Building Environmental Leaders in Animal Agriculture (BELAA)<br />NYFEA – YALE – Monterey, CA December 2010<br />
    39. 39. Becoming a Leader<br />Agriculture can be profitable;<br />environmental issues should not scare anyone from the business!<br />You can develop and protect natural resources while providing food, fiber and other services to the world.<br />You must become your own advocate!<br />Building Environmental Leaders in Animal Agriculture (BELAA)<br />NYFEA – YALE – Monterey, CA December 2010<br />
    40. 40. Conclusion and Questions<br />Thank you for your time and your commitment to agriculture’s future! <br />Building Environmental Leaders in Animal Agriculture (BELAA)<br />NYFEA – YALE – Monterey, CA December 2010<br />
    41. 41. Contact Information<br />Jill Heemstra: <br />jheemstra@unl.edu<br />Tommy Bass: <br />tmbass@montana.edu<br />Building Environmental Leaders in Animal Agriculture (BELAA)<br />NYFEA – YALE – Monterey, CA December 2010<br />
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