WOOSTER, Ohio – Animal manure can be a rich source of nutrients for soil – but it also has the potential to pollute waterways if not treated properly.
The Manure Science Review, to be held at three locations in August, will help livestock farmers get a handle on the latest research and best manure management practices.
The programs are organized by Ohio State University Extension and the university’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.
Topics. According to Mary Wicks, coordinator for OARDC’s Ohio Composting and Manure Management program, this year’s Manure Science Review includes presentations on:
* Reducing the risk of manure flow into drainage tiles.
* The “good, bad and ugly” of holding ponds, focusing on proper design.
* Examining costs of spreading, storage and treatment, as well as potential income from byproduct sales.
* A review of all types of manure systems, including a look at the future.
* New opportunities for composting dairy manure.
* A broader look at management techniques regarding environmental issues on the farm.
When and where. The programs will be held Aug. 26 at the Science Building at Ohio State’s Lima campus; Aug. 27 at the Fayette County Fairgrounds in Washington Court House; and Aug. 28 at Fisher Auditorium at OARDC’s Wooster campus.
The Wooster program will include a tour of OARDC’s compost pad.
Registration begins at 9:15 a.m. each day, with programs starting at 9:45 a.m. Registration is $10 in advance or $15 that day. Cost includes a trade show, coffee and doughnuts, and lunch.
Certified Crop Adviser continuing education credits are available.
Registration. To register or for more information, contact Wicks at 330-202-3533 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or John Smith, agriculture and natural resources agent for OSU Extension in Auglaize County, at 419-738-2219 or email@example.com.
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