DEGRAFF, Ohio — Ohio’s annual Manure Science Review, featuring new and better ways to manage farm manure and wastewater, takes place in the state’s west on Aug. 16.
The program takes place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Winner Family Farm, 4317 State Route 47 West, in DeGraff in Logan County.
Speakers from Ohio agencies, the farming community, and Ohio State University highlight the program.
Organizers say the event has a double focus: to put waste to good use — to fertilize crops, cut disposal costs and save farmers money — and keep water supplies safe. New technologies and alternative methods are some of the topics, with an emphasis on reducing runoff risk and nutrient loss.
Of note are sessions on separating dairy solids and on using those solids as alternative bedding for cattle.
Among the speakers:
• Alan Winner, owner of the host farm, a 400-cow dairy that separates its solids for greater efficiency;
• Tom Noyes, Wesley Haun and Amanda Meddles of Ohio State University Extension;
• Jocelyn Henderson and Terry Mescher of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources;
• Frank Gibbs of the U.S. Department of Agriculture;
• Christine Pence of the Ohio Department of Agriculture; and
• Steve Searson of the Logan Soil and Water Conservation District.
Registration costs $30 by Aug. 8, $35 afterward and at the door, with members of the Midwest Professional Nutrient Applicators Association receiving a $5 discount. A continental breakfast, lunch and all materials are included.
Download the registration form at http://go.osu.edu/Dy4, or call 330-202-3533 to have a copy sent to you in the mail. Included with the registration form are the day’s schedule, directions, and the full list of topics and speakers.
Participants are eligible for 5.5 hours of continuing education credit under ODA’s Certified Livestock Manager training program; 4.5 hours of Soil and Water Management credit in the Ohio Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) Program; 1 hour of Nutrient Management credit, also in the CCA program; and 5.5 Professional Development Hours for Professional Engineers.