214 E. Center Street Suite 11
Ithaca, MI 48847
Gerald May is a Senior Extension educator with Michigan State University Extension. His current educational programs include environmental issues relating to livestock production concentrating on air quality concerns. He provides educational programs for livestock producers, concerned rural residents and agency staff who work directly with livestock producers. Jerry focuses on odor issues related to livestock production, selecting sites for livestock facilities and the National Air Quality Site Assessment Tool (NAQSAT). He also provides education programs for pork producers on a regional basis across central MI concentrating on quality assurance programs. Jerry works out of the Gratiot County MSU Extension office.
June 29, 2015 | Participants in the “What’s New with Poo” bus tour will visit four farms implementing cutting-edge technologies and utilizing unique conservations practices.
May 5, 2015 | USDA-NRCS and MSU Extension demonstrate the functionality of tall, warm-season grasses as vegetative buffers when planted next to livestock facilities.
March 3, 2015 | Community Considerations for Raising Livestock in Populated Areas is a workshop discussing local planning for livestock facilities in urban and suburban areas.
September 2, 2014 | Manure application equipment setup to sidedress standing crops allowed these farmers to plant crops then spread manure.
August 18, 2014 | The Porcine Endemic Diarrhea virus stays viable in stored manure for extended periods of time. In barns that have experienced a PEDv outbreak producers should avoid bringing stored manure back up to surface where it could infect PEDv susceptible pigs.
August 18, 2014 | Contract wean/grow/finish barns are a positive addition to many farms, but contract growers should review their production contract and farm insurance policy to ensure full coverage if there is a catastrophic loss of livestock.
June 10, 2014 | Air emissions are becoming a big concern around the world, and increasing the interest in emissions from livestock operations. Livestock farmers should take the steps to better understand the pollutants emitted from their facilities.
May 16, 2014 | The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development recently made significant changes to the GAAMPs for Site Selection and Odor Control for New and Expanding Livestock Facilities. Livestock producers should be familiar with these changes.
April 10, 2014 | Allowing fields to dry out before applying manure will reduce compaction and allow for normal crop growth and production. Manure storage nearing full capacity need to be monitored and emergency action plans developed until field conditions improve.
March 20, 2014 | Nitrification inhibitors added to manure during application may reduce N lost in situations with unfavorable weather conditions.