Alternative Manure Management


Webinar Alternative Manure Management

5th California-Netherlands Webinar Climate Smart Agriculture October 2017. This webinar will bring together experts from the scientific community, policy makers and regulators and the private industry to discuss advances in AMM practices that have applicability in both California and The Netherlands.

Organised by Wageningen Livestock Research

Thu 26 October 2017 18:00 to 20:00


Conventional manure management practices have been applied widely in the dairy and livestock production industries in California and The Netherlands. More recently significant advances have been made to capture, store, treat and utilize animal manure that are ecologically and economically sustainable, to prevent straight forward use of manure in field setting, with detrimental effects on water pollution and unacceptably high levels of nutrient enrichment.

Throughout the supply chain, AMM practices have developed among producer-technology solutions-private industry to find new and sustainable means to use manure components as a replacement of artificial fertilizer as one example. These varied CSA adaptation strategies of AMM are very promising and are advancing lockstep with policy making, mitigation measures in animal housing systems, in transport of manure and development of new business models for the fertilizer supply chains, apart from technical inventions.

The challenge is to identify and overcome the real hurdles on this path towards considerable reduction of GHG in our animal husbandry system. In CA CDFA authorized alternative manure management funding as part of the 2017 budget as a result of State of CA assembly bill 1613. In the Netherlands, AMM steers on manure processing and recovery of nutrients to achieve a level of effectiveness similar to mineral NPK fertilizers produced from natural gas or fossil ores. Practices in new manure management require adequate US and EU Policies and regulations that answer to the strategy of Climate Smart Agriculture.

Organisation core group

  • Steven Ostoja - Director USDA California Climate Hub-UC Davis
  • Amrith Gunasekara - California Depart of Food and Agriculture
  • Anne Pluijmaekers - Social Sciences Group Business Administration, Wageningen University & Research NL
  • Madeleine van Mansfeld - Environmental Sciences Wageningen University & Research NL
  • Gert Jan Fonk - Ministery of Economic Affairs NL

Advisory team CSA Horticulture

  • Jan W. Hopmans - Coordinator International UCD
  • Josh Eddy - Coordinator CSA CDFA
  • Leo Opre - Ministery of Economic Affairs NL
  • Silke Hemming - Head scientific research team Greenhouse Technology Wageningen University & Research
  • Emiel Wubben - Professor of Strategic Management, Wageningen University & Research

Agenda and Procedure

17.55 am Opening webinar announcement CDFA.
18.00 am Joint welcome by Cal and NL + short introduction of speakers: Steven Ostoja: director The USDA NRCS California Climate Hub or Jan Hopmans World Food Centre on behalf of California Madeleine van Mansfeld: coordinator CS webinars CAL NL on behalf of Wageningen University & Research
18.10 am Perspectives policy making with regard to alternative manure management “Manure: a valuable resource. A policy perspective” Dr. Harm Smit, policy officer “manure and environment” at the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs Views from Nilan Watmore, environmental scientist with the CDFA for their Alternative Manure Management Program (AAMP).
18.25 am Business perspectives – cutting edge practices: Urgencies and opportunities in California: Steve Rowe, CEO of Newtrient. “Sustainable manure management: A business perspective” Kees Kroes, manages the project "Manure and Minerals" at LTO Noord (a Dutch agrarian entrepreneurial organisation).
18.40 am Overview of perspectives alternative manure management as CSA solution, with focus on climate mitigation and adaptation “Manure management and manure treatment innovations in the Netherlands” Dr. ir. Oscar Schoumans, Added Value Manure and Minerals coordinator at the Wageningen University & Research “Dairy Manure Management Options for Mitigating Methane Emissions” Prof. Ruihong Zhang, Professor at the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department at UC Davis.
18.55 am Moderated discussion with panel of experts
19.55 am Outlook webinar results and closing by Cal and NL moderators, with announcement of title and date next webinar in this series.