Amy Millmier Schmidt - Livestock Bioenvironmental Engineer

Amy Schmidt

student, faculty
Work Chase Hall (CHA) 216
Lincoln NE 68583-0726
Work 402-472-0877 On campus, dial 2-0877


  • Ph D, Mississippi State University, 2010
  • MS, Iowa State University, 1999
  • BS, Iowa State University, 1997

icon-documentPublications and Other Intellectual Contributions

  • Effectiveness of Composting as a Biosecure Mortality Disposal Method for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV)-Infected Pig Carcasses, Porcine Health Management, November 2017
  • Runoff water quality characteristics following swine slurry application, Transactions of the ASABE, November 2017
  • Spatial Variability of Heating Profiles in Windrowed Poultry Litter, Journal of Applied Poultry Research, June 2013
  • Testing Gridded NWS 1-day Observed Precipitation Analysis in a Daily Irrigation Scheduler, December 2013
  • Uncertainty analysis of an irrigation scheduling model for water management in crop production, Agricultural Water Management, June 2015
  • Quality-assured measurements of animal building emissions: particulate matter concentrations., Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association (1995), December 2006
  • Quality assured measurements of animal building emissions: gas concentrations., Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association (1995), October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2006
  • An assessment of nitrogen-based manure application rates on 39 U.S. swine operations., Journal of environmental quality, May 2004
  • ANSI/ASABE EP585 Animal Mortality Composting Standard, ASABE Standards, December 2015

icon-bookmark-starAwards & Honors

  • Engineer of the Year, Nebraska Section of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, 2016
  • Outstanding Pork Service Award for Producer Outreach, Nebraska Pork Producers Association, 2016
  • ASABE Standards Development Award, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, 2016
  • Epsilon Sigma Phi Early Career Service Award, Epsilon Sigma Phi Honor Society - Mississippi Chapter, 2011
  • Success Award, Leadership Resources, 2014
  • State Pride Award for Faculty Excellence, Mississippi State University, 2011
  • Faces to Watch, UNL Institute of Ag and Natural Resources, 2013

Faculty Bio

Manure application setbacks chart
This chart demonstrates the setbacks for applying manure in Nebraska. Producers applying manure during the winter should target level ground, well away from ditches or water bodies. (UNL Water image)

Tips for Winter Manure Application

December 15, 2023
Manure application during winter can be a difficult management decision. Consider these points while planning where, when and how to apply manure.

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Hay bales on trailer

Carbon Sources for Composting HPAI Mortalities

April 21, 2022
Nebraska Extension is calling on businesses and residents to donate or sell wood chips, hay, lawn waste and other carbon sources to livestock producers hit hard by Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI).

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New UNL Manure Nitrogen Crediting Recommendations for Crop Fertility

April 4, 2022
This UNL Water article breaks down the new recommendations for crediting nitrogen following manure applications and how this will impact Nebraska growers.

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Cedar, manure, soil health field day graphic

Cedar Tree, Manure and Soil Health Field Day Set for Oct. 25

October 1, 2021
Join us for a field day on October 25th at the Howard County Fairgrounds and discover how cedar mulch can be combined with manure to improve soil health.

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snow covered manure
Manure application on frozen or snow-covered soil poses a higher risk of nutrient loss through runoff.

Tips for Winter Manure Application

December 2, 2020
A blanket of fresh white snow and icicles hanging from the trees and fences make for beautiful winter photos. They don’t, however, make for beautiful manure application weather.

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Proposed Changes to Nebraska Recommendations for Manure Nitrogen Credit

April 7, 2020
Managing manure for economic and environmental benefit is based, in part, upon our ability to efficiently recycle manure nitrogen (N) between animals and crops.

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Flooded farmstead and grain bins
Flood-soaked grain is almost certain to be contaminated and present some unique challenges for disposal. (Photo by Lee Valley, Inc.)

Disposing of Flood-Soaked Grains and Forages

March 28, 2019
Regulatory considerations and recommended actions for managing flood-soaked grains and forages no longer usable for food or feed.

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