With increased concerns about water quality and phosphorous management, manure handling has become a specialized process with many legal ramifications. The Midwest Professional Nutrient Applicators Association will address some of the issues involved with manure handling, equipment inspection and safe transport of manure at a workshop June 11 in Findlay.
Livestock producers, crop farmers, professional nutrient applicators, crop consultants and Extension educators all will find useful information at the session.
"The workshop can be beneficial to helping participants meet environmental and safety standards, improve water quality, and make their business more successful," says Amanda Douridas, an Ohio State University Extension agriculture and natural resources educator. "The goal is to touch on the key issues they may have, whether it is with their equipment or on the business side of nutrient application."
The sessions run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hancock County Extension office, 7868 CR 140, Suite B in Findlay.
Topics to be discussed during the workshop are:
* Legal concerns involving manure transport;
* Better communication between farmers;
* Rules and safety for equipment on the roadways;
* Using online tools for nutrient management, irrigation and comparing commercial and manure fertilizers;
* The 4Rs of nutrient stewardship.
Registration for the workshop is $20 for members of the nutrient applicators association and $25 for nonmembers. Payments can be sent to Douridas at 590 Woody Hayes Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210. The deadline to register is June 1.
Continuing education credits are available for the workshop, including five hours for certified livestock managers and four hours of nutrient management for certified crop advisers. More information can be found here.
Source: OSU Extension