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AgManager.info: Decision Tools

AgManager.info  website is a comprehensive source of information, analysis, and decision-making tools for agricultural producers, agribusinesses, and others. The site serves as a clearinghouse for applied outreach information emanating from the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University. Topics presented on the AgManager.info site include: crop and livestock marketing and outlook reports, crop insurance, farm management, agricultural policy, human resources, income tax and law, and agribusiness. AgManager.info also contains decision-making tools, such as budget spreadsheets, and data sets. 

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Air Managment Practicies Assessment Tool (AMPAT)

The Air Management Practices Assessment Tool (AMPAT) provides an objective overview of mitigation practices  best suited to address odor, emissions and dust at your livestock operation so that livestock and poultry producers may compare and narrow their options of mitigation techniques.

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AMoN (Ammonia Monitoring Network)

The AMoN is a network that provides a consistent, long-term record of ammonia gas concentrations across the United States.

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COMET Farm

COMET-Farm is a whole farm and ranch carbon and greenhouse gas accounting system. The tool guides you through describing your farm and ranch management practices including alternative future management scenarios. Once complete, a report is generated comparing carbon changes and greenhouse gas emissions between your current management practices and future scenarios.

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Cool Farm Tool

The Cool Farm Tool is an online greenhouse gas calculator that is free for growers to help them measure the carbon footprint of crop and livestock products.

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DAIRYGEM

The Dairy Gas Emissions Model (DairyGEM) is a software tool for estimating ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of dairy production systems as influenced by climate and farm management.

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Dairy Wise

Dairy Wise is a complete resource management application integrating people, actions, and items. This application will enable you to gain business management efficiencies by improving processes, procedures, and worker effectiveness. It is designed to be customizable allowing ultimate flexibility defining process workflows specific to your business.

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DNDC (DeNitrification-DeComposition)

DNDC is a computer simulation model of carbon and nitrogen biogeochemistry in agro-ecosystems. The model can be used for predicting crop growth, soil temperature and moisture regimes, soil carbon dynamics, nitrogen leaching, and emissions of trace gases including nitrous oxide (N2O), nitric oxide (NO), dinitrogen (N2), ammonia (NH3), methane (CH4) and carbon dioxide (CO2).

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Integrated Farm System Model

With tighter profit margins and increasing environmental constraints, strategic planning of farm production systems is becoming both more important and more difficult. This is especially true for dairy and beef production. Livestock production is complex with a number of interacting processes that include crop and pasture production, crop harvest, feed storage, grazing, feeding, and manure handling. Computer simulation provides a useful procedure for integrating these processes to predict the long-term performance, environmental impact, and economics of production systems.

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Manure and Nutrient Reduction Estimator

The MAnure and NUtrient Reduction Estimator tool, or MANURE tool for short, provides a system to quantify methane and other greenhouse gas emission reductions and the environmental benefits of renewable energy produced by digesters at dairy and swine operations. The tool is based upon a full and accurate assessment of baseline conditions at the animal feed operation, which is a key element of the emission reduction calculation.

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OVERSEER

OVERSEER® Nutrient Budgets (Overseer) is currently used to develop on-farm nutrient budgets, contributes to whole-of-farm nutrient management plans and, through the use of additional proprietary software, the development of farm specific fertiliser recommendations. The model also provides greenhouse gas emissions, including an LCA-type analysis, to the farm gate.

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Pig Production Environmental Footprint Calculator and Resources

These resources include: A review of available literature and information related to energy use and greenhouse gas emissions from pork production; A summary or “scan level” life-cycle assessment of energy use and emissions across the entire pork chain, including feed crop production, feed formulation, swine production, transportation, meat processing and retail components; A detailed, in-depth life-cycle assessment of the on-farm animal production component covering all aspects of raising the animals, including manure-management practices; and A producer-friendly software tool called the Live Swine Carbon Footprint Calculator. It calculates the greenhouse gas emissions involved in sow and grow-finish production, which can help producers identify areas for potential improved efficiency.

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