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INDUSTRY NEWS manuremanager.com Manure management champion in Minnesota The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) recently recognized Bartholome Farms for its responsible feedlot manure management. Southeast Minnesota’s karst lands are known for fractures, sinkholes, and underground streams and caves, which can make it difficult for farmers to properly manage manure lagoons. Bartholome Farms has gone to great lengths and expense to overcome the challenges and responsibly manage their dairy feedlot. In 2014, Bartholome Farms proposed to build a new liquid manure storage basin, but the MPCA required a detailed study due to the potential risk to groundwater. The study, known as electro resistivity imaging (ERI), locates and maps underground voids and fractures. The ERI confirmed that the proposed basin location was within a high-risk karst area Bartholome and MPCA agreed to reject the location. More than a year later, Bartholome took the initiative to find a different location, pay for another ERI, and submit a new proposal. This time, the ERI confirmed the new location to be lower risk and led to MPCA approval. For continued cooperation and spending significant time and money to follow rules and do what’s best for groundwater, the MPCA thanks Bartholome Farms for responsible feedlot manure management. BEN PUCK NAMED IOWA’S 2017 SMALL BUSINESS PERSON Ben Puck, owner of Puck Custom Enterprises (PCE) in Manning, Iowa, was recently named Iowa’s 2017 Small Business Person of the Year. Puck was raised on a family farm in rural Iowa. In 1979, he began pumping and hauling liquid manure for area farmers. In 1998, Puck incorporated the business as Puck Custom Enterprises. As he added additional manure services to the business, he realized there was room for improvement with the equipment he was using. In 2005, PCE built its own hose cart for drag hose manure application. That piece of equipment received a U.S. Patent in 2009 (Puck has received four other equipment patents over the years for his inventions to improve manure application). PCE’s drag hose service grew steadily over the years and, in 2010, the company constructed a new building for equipment manufacturing and sales. Today, PCE’s primary focus is designing, building and selling equipment for manure management. PCE employs more than 50 full-time and 10 part-time employees in the town of Manning, population 1,480. BY THE NUMBERS / North Carolina Pork Employs North Carolina is SECOND hogs 9 million in N.C. There are about in pork production in U.S. 46,000 people in N.C. Contributes 14% of all hogs in the U.S. 80% N.C. pork farms are owned by individual farm families 1,600 hog farms in N.C. 6 MANURE MANAGER -May/June 2017 11 billion to N.C. economy
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Manure management champion in Minnesota The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) recently recognized Bartholome Farms for its responsible feedlot manure management.
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