Welcome to the monthly update for the Iowa Manure Management Action Group (IMMAG) Web site. This update is provided as a service to inform you about changes made to the IMMAG Web Page or items of interest dealing with manure management and air quality from animal feeding operations. If you wish to subscribe to this mailing please click here. You may also view this update with direct links on the CURRENT NEWS site on IMMAG.
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Earlier this month I hinted at a few new surprises regarding IMMAG. This month the IMMAG Web page turns 15 years old. Way back when, it is hard to imagine, but there was only one other Web page devoted to manure issues and in fact, Web pages were a fairly new medium for communicating. In this day of Web pages, twitter accounts, blogs, texting and other methods of communication, fifteen years might make us seem like a dinosaur, but thankfully we have evolved with the changing times. Part of that evolution is updating the Web page with a new look and some minor changes to organization making the site easier to navigate while providing a crisp look. If you can’t find something on the new site, feel free to drop me an email and I will walk you through where to find resources. The biggest change you will notice is the navigation bar on the left now has “drop down” menus that highlight the navigation for each different page. Please take a look and tell me what you think. In addition to our new look remember you can always follow us on Twitter @iowamanure. Technology always evolves faster than any of us can keep up with it so please bear with us as we continue to transition the site and explore new methods of communication.
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in cooperation with the Iowa Pork Producers' Association has released a new video and fact sheet that will help livestock producers determine when their manure management plan is due to DNR. You can download a free copy of fact sheet at: http://www.agronext.iastate.edu/immag/info/PM3020.pdf. You can access a video of the same information showing you how to navigate through the DNR on-line database to determine when you manure plan is due at: http://vimeo.com/33733959. Copies of the fact sheet and video DVD are also available from Tyler Bettin at the Iowa Pork Producers’ Association. You can reach Tyler at (515) 225-7675.
While winter weather has not been a struggle this year, as we move into warmer temperatures in February and March extreme caution is urged if you are surface- applying manure. Where snow cover is present in Iowa, warming temperatures can cause rapid snow melt that will carry manure nutrients off-site. It also pays to watch the weather forecast because warmer temps might bring rain and increase the potential for runoff. If rain is forecasted, hold off on manure application, or apply manure on flat slopes and far from water sources. Remember, if there is more than one inch of snow or if the ground is frozen, winter application laws for surface applied manure still apply to liquid manure from confinement feeding operations until April 1.
Confinement site applicators that choose to meet certification requirements via training are reminded they need to attend 2 hours of annual training each year to maintain their certification. A complete list of workshops dates and locations is available at: http://www.agronext.iastate.edu/immag/certification/confdates.html. Make plans now to attend one of these workshops prior to the end of February.
There are also 6 dry manure applicator workshops scheduled for the remainder of February. These workshops are 3 hours long and meet the certification requirements for both commercial and confinement site manure applicators. You can find more information and list of locations and dates by clicking here.
Commercial manure applicators who still need to meet certification requirements prior to March 1, should plan to attend one of the dry manure workshops listed above or contact their county extension office to schedule time to watch the training DVD? Don't have time to sit through training? You can always schedule an appointment at the local DNR field office to take the certification exam.
This page on the IMMAG Web site recently underwent a complete transformation and update of materials. While you will find many links to DNR materials regarding manure/nutrient management plans, construction requirements and other regulatory requirements, you will also find other links integrated into this page designed to provide additional resources and educational materials to compliment the regulatory aspect of manure management.
The IMMAG Events page is a compilation of manure management related events. Please check the events page often for new listings.
February 2012. Iowa Confinement Site Manure Applicator Workshops. Please see http://www.agronext.iastate.edu/immag/certification/confdates.html for an interactive map and table showing a list of dates and locations.
LPELC Webcast "Chesapeake Bay 2012-Policy, Legal and Economic Implications of the TMDL" will be held on February 17, 2012
North Dakota State University is hosting the "Super Pooper Scooper School" at three locations throughout North Dakota. Dates, locations and registration information can be found at: http://www.ndsu.edu/nm/
March 6-7, 2012. The 2012 Iowa Water Conference will be held at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. More details at: http://www.aep.iastate.edu/iwc/
2012 Iowa Pork Regional Conferences will be held March 6-9. For more information please click here.
ISU Extension and Outreach, in cooperation with Iowa NRCS is offering an introductory RUSLE2 and Iowa P Index Workshop on April 5 at the Polk County Extension Office in Altoona. Please click here for more information. This workshop is limited to 30 participants. If you have questions about this workshop please contact Kapil Arora at 515-382-6551 or Angie Rieck-Hinz at the number listed below.
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