A workshop on manure and odor management for livestock operations is set for Monday, April 23, at Taylor's Restaurant in Miller.
It is a joint effort between the SDSU Cooperative Extension Service and the Hand County office of the Natural Resource Conservation Service.
"The purpose of the workshop is to help people in the community understand what livestock producers do to help reduce odors emitted from these operations and to protect the environment around them," Hand County Extension Educator Ann Price said. "The workshop isn't just for producers. It's for concerned neighbors and community members as well. Even if they can only attend part of the workshop, everyone will walk away having learned something."
Registration begins at 10 a.m. At 10:30 a.m. Jeanie Votava of the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources will speak on the requirements a producer must meet in order to become permitted for a large confined animal feeding operation. Votava will be followed by SDSU Farm Machinery and Safety Specialist Dick Nicolai of SDSU's Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering. He'll speak on air quality and livestock production. Lunch will be sponsored by Dakotaland Feeds.
After lunch, SDSU Extension Environmental Quality Engineer Russell Persyn will discuss water quality. At 1:45 p.m., USDA-NRCS Conservation Agronomist Jason Miller, will talk about land application of manure-crop needs and environmental issues. USDA-NRCS Soil Scientist Jim Millar will speak at 2:30 p.m. on the impact of manure on soil quality.
The final session will begin at 3:15 p.m. It will be a producer panel comprised of producers from the area with a pre-existing ag waste handling facility.
There will be a $5 registration fee to pay for the meal and materials provided. Please pre-register by calling the Hand County Extension Office at (605) 853-2738, or the Hand County NRCS office at (605) 853-2410. ext 3. Attendees may also register at the door.
Source: SDSU AgBio Communications