Nine Nebraska Extension offices will offer workshops in February providing livestock producers and crop farmers with information on how to turn manure nutrients into better crop yields while protecting the environment.
The in-depth, one-day class targets newly permitted livestock operations, but anyone is welcome to attend. Those who have already attended the initial training but who need re-certification may attend the morning portion of the training.
Livestock producers with livestock waste control facility permits received or renewed since April 1998 must be certified. A farm must complete an approved training every five years, and farm personnel responsible for land application of manure are also encouraged to attend. Re-certification will occur during the first two hours of the day-long land application training.
“The workshops will help livestock producers put to use the nutrient management planning requirements of Nebraska’s Department of Environmental Quality regulations and increase the economic value of manure,” said Leslie Johnson, Nebraska Extension animal manure management coordinator. Participants who attend the event will receive NDEQ land application training certification.
The re-certification portion of the workshop will include updates on changing regulations and other manure-management topics, such as protecting herd health with biosecurity, pathogens found in manure and the manure value calculator spreadsheet that was released in 2012.
Pre-registration is required for all workshops. A $60 fee per operation (includes one representative) will be charged for the workshop plus a $15 fee for each additional participant to cover costs including lunch. The re-certification portion of the workshop is $30 for each participant.
The workshops are sponsored by the Nebraska Extension Animal Manure Management team, which is dedicated to helping livestock and crop producers better utilize the state’s manure resources for agronomic and environmental benefits.
Dates, times and locations include:
> Feb. 1, 9 a.m., 402 West State Farm Road (classroom at the Extension Center), North Platte
> Feb. 2, 9 a.m., 210 E. 23rd St. (Pinnacle Bank Meeting Room), Columbus
> Feb. 3, 9 a.m., 210 W. State St. (Library Meeting Room), Atkinson
> Feb. 3, 9 a.m., 1002 Plum Creek Parkway (Extension Office), Lexington
> Feb. 3, 9 a.m., 200 Anna Stalp Ave. (Nielsen Center, East Meeting Rooms), West Point
> Feb. 3, 9 a.m., 1115 West Scott St. (Extension Office), Beatrice
> Feb. 3, 9 a.m., 4502 Ave. I (boardroom at the Extension Center), Scottsbluff
> Feb. 4, 9 a.m., 86420 U.S. Highway 81 (Jerry’s Hilltop), Randolph
> Feb. 5, 9 a.m., 804 Howard Ave. (American Legion), St. Paul