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ISU Extension presents manure management updates

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Dairy farm owners are invited to attend one of several mid-day information and discussion sessions planned throughout NW Iowa in March to focus on manure management topics. Special focus will be given to updates about regulations & expectations for small and medium sized farms.

These topics will be addressed: Clarification on small and medium CAFO's. Farmers will learn how their farm categorized, and what regulations apply to their farm. Refreshers on placing dollar value on your farm's manure fertilizer nutrients (NPK). Updates on agronomic practices that promote profitability and land stewardship on your farm. Information about current regulatory climate--facts to know and trends to expect.

Why is it important to make time to attend? Recent compliance enforcement actions by the EPA have dairy producers evaluating their livestock and manure systems. Anyone who has surface water running through their livestock operation or who has manure, effluent, or "brown water" leaving their farm should consider attending a focus group meeting. Small and medium farms are not exempt from scrutiny and certain regulations.

Angie Rieck-Hinz, ISU Extension and coordinator of IMMAG (Iowa Manure Management Action Group) will provide updates and lead the discussion. Meetings will be held at the Hull Pizza Ranch on Tuesday, March 15; at the Cherokee County Extension Office on Wednesday, March 16; at the Sac County Extension Office on Thursday, March 17; and at the Pocahontas County Extension Office on Friday, March 18. All meetings begin at noon with lunch and general announcements. Program, discussion and question and answer time will run from 12:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Cost is $15 with lunch, $7 if no lunch. Call the Sioux County Extension Office (712-737-4230) to pre-register or e-mail cmondak@iastate.edu.

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