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Extension launches online exchange of carbon sources Telegraph staff reports LINCOLN — Nebraska Extension is calling on mu- nicipalities, lawn care companies, farmers and oth- have, where they are located and whether they can as-
sist with loading or delivery. Producers in need can create an account to view and con- nect with suppliers of carbon sources. “It’s a very simple tool, but critically important,” said Ashley Mueller, Nebraska Extension disaster educator. “We all remember the out- pouring of hay donations to help Nebraska farmers af- fected by the 2019 floods feed their livestock. Producers this year are facing a new set of challenges, and we hope that Nebraskans will once again step up and lend a helping hand.” Additional resources for swine producers affected by COVID-19 are available at animalscience.unl.edu/ swine, including infor- mation about financial assistance for impacted producers. Additionally, Nebraska Extension has compiled resources for fami- lies, individuals, businesses, and producers at disaster. unl.edu/coronavirus-covid- 19-resources.
ers to donate or sell wood chips, hay, lawn waste and other carbon sources to live- stock producers hit hard by COVID-19. Livestock producers — particularly swine pro- ducers — are being faced with having to euthanize an- imals as meat processing plants have reduced or tem- porarily halted processing of livestock due to COVID-19. Composting is one of sever- al ways that producers can dispose of animal carcasses, but most don’t have access to the large amounts of carbon, such as mulch, hay, manure or lawn waste, needed to safely perform composting of large volumes of carcass- es. Extension specialists Dr. Benny Mote and Dr. Amy Schmidt worked with University of Nebraska- Lincoln web developers to launch disastercare.unl. edu, a site that allows mu-
Photo courtesy of Nebraska Extension Nebraska Extension is launching an online platform to help producers — especially swine producers — find the carbon resources they need during the pandemic.
nate carbon sources can visit disastercare.unl.edu, create an account, and fill out a simple form in which they provide information on the type of carbon they can provide, how much they
be in, both financially and emotionally,” said Mote. “Helping connect producers with a carbon source gives them one less thing to wor- ry about.” Those who wish sell or do-
nicipalities, businesses, or individuals with carbon ma- terials to list their available products, and for producers to search for needed materials. “This is an extremely dif- ficult spot for producers to
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significant communi- ty-based transmission. This practice may help people who have the virus and not know it from spreading it to others, but it does not provide you with pro- tection from any other respiratory hazards or COVID-19. Follow CDC guidance for clean- ing and removing cloth face coverings: cdc.gov/ coronavirus/2019-ncov/ prevent-getting-sick/ diy-cloth-face-cover- ings.html Consider alternative controls that reduce exposure to respirato- ry hazards and thus
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