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June 2007 IMMAG Update

Welcome to the monthly electronic 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 receive this mailing or have your name removed from the mailing list please contact me at (515) 294-9590 or You may also view this update with direct links on the CURRENT NEWS site on IMMAG.

CURRENT NEWS: The Current News page on the IMMAG site is updated weekly. Please check this site often for the latest news regarding animal feeding operations and manure management issues.

After ten years and at least 5 different web page designs, the IMMAG Web page now has a new design and a new Web address. You can access the new IMMAG site at: Yes, finally after 10 years, our new url will have a "www". The goal in moving the site was to be able to access some features on a new server that we didn't have access to on the old server. The old site will automatically refer users to the new site. If you bookmarked a specific page or link on the old IMMAG site and are having trouble finding it on the new site, please send me an email and I will help you locate the link on the new site. A big thank-you goes out to all of the people who have used this site and supported it for the past ten years. I hope you find the new site easier to use and just as valuable as the previous site. If you have any suggestions for the new site feel free to drop me a line.

Looking for something to do this summer? Need an excuse to talk about poop? If you get a chance visit the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines and tour the Scoop on Poop display. According the zoo's web page, "The Scoop on Poop is a traveling exhibition based on the popular book by Dr. Wayne Lynch. The exhibition leads visitors on an investigation of what poop is and how animals and humans use it. The Scoop on Poop treats the subject with a tactful blend of good science and fun." In addition to the national traveling exhibit is the Iowa exhibit "Iowa's Manure Cycle". The Iowa exhibit showcases the value of livestock manure in Iowa. The exhibit features interactive displays. Once visitors have visited each of the five kiosks in the exhibit they can become certified "Poop Cycle Investigators" and receive a license that verifies their knowledge of "Iowa's Manure Cycle". For more information visit:

Permitted open feedlots that need to complete the requirements of their NPDES nutrient management plan now have a new tool to help them complete the public notification requirement of the permit. The Iowa DNR has posted a "fill-in-the-blank" form to their Web page to assist producers in meeting the public notice requirements. The form can be found at: More information regarding nutrient management plans for open feedlot operators can be found on a new DNR Web site at: Open feedlot producers who are required to file a nutrient management plan as part of their NPDES permit are reminded they must use DNR form 542-2021, which can be found at:

PUBLICATIONS: This section of the newly redesigned IMMAG page underwent the biggest renovation to the site. The Publications and Reports page now contains all of the Extension Publications and links to Research Reports that were previously divided into two different pages. The list of topics has been narrowed down and each list of topics follows the same format. Iowa State University Extension publications and Web pages are listed first, followed by Abstracts, Conference Proceedings, Presentations and Research Reports; Journal Articles; Newsletter Articles; Popular Press and Other Resources.

Are you planning a manure management field day, tour, or workshop? If you would like your event added to the IMMAG Events page, please contact Angie at the email address listed below.

Manure Application Field Day, Miles, IA. The Elk River Watershed in cooperation with the Clinton and Jackson County SWCD, the NRCS, Iowa State University Extension and IMMAG are hosting a field day for open feedlot producers on July 11th beginning at noon with a sponsored lunch. Topics include: manure phosphorus content from feeding distillers grains, how to collect manure samples and how to calibrate your manure spreader. Please RSVP to 563-659-3456, extension 3, if you plan to attend the lunch session or call that number if you have questions. For more information including directions please see:

Manure Application Education Days, Carroll, IA. The Carroll County NRCS office will be hosting a field day for open feedlot producers on August 7 beginning at 10 a.m. Lunch will be served. The objectives for this field day include: how to calibrate your manure application equipment, how to visually assess application rates, how to collect manure samples, development and implementation of a CNMP and a regulatory update by DNR. For more information including directions please see: If you have questions, please contact Kelly Heather in the Carroll County NRCS field office at 712-792-1212, extension 3.

Upper Midwest Manure Handling Expo. You're invited to North America's largest Manure-Focused Farm Show: ManureTech 2007. This year's Upper Midwest Manure Handling Expo will be held 21-August at the Dairy Forage Research Center Farm near Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin (between Madison and Wisconsin Dells). Featured highlights of this year's event include demonstrations of pit agitation, tanker, dragline and solid manure application equipment, hose laying and live action confined space entry/rescue and manure spill response demonstrations. Educational seminars include compost barn management, sod and pasture manure application, tools for evaluating soil moisture in the field, runoff prevention and manure management in no-till. A trade show and equipment vendor display (from application to treatment, in-barn handling to environmental risk assessment) round out the event. There is no admission charge. ManureTech 2007 is sponsored by the Professional Nutrient Applicators Association of Wisconsin, in cooperation with UW Extension and the USDA Dairy Forage Research Center. For more information, and an updated list of vendors exhibiting, visit Watch the website for updates on tentative equipment information, including the remote controlled sonar boat for measuring solids in a manure storage structure and floating pit dredge boat for sand and solids removal. Special note to commercial manure applicators: If you're coming in the night before, contact Kevin Erb ( for information about the pre-event multi-state applicator reception on August 20. For information, contact Ted Bay at 608.723.2125 or Kevin Erb at 920.391.4652

2007 Manure Management Clinic. Registration for the Manure Management Clinic is now open and can be accessed on-line at: The purpose of this clinic is to train service providers, commodity partners, agency personnel, extension field staff and producers in issues related to manure management. This is the fourth year for this clinic, and unlike the previous years, this clinic will not focus on species-specific issues but will focus on a broader range of topics that will help take manure management to the next level. Many of our educational field days and workshops focus on manure regulatory issues. This program will include a regulatory update, but will help participants go beyond regulatory issues to look at emerging issues in manure management. This clinic will include a combination of classroom and field activities. Topics will include: pathogens and antibiotics concerns in manure, siting facilities, composting on-farm mortalities, no-till manure application issues, and trends in feed management. For more information please call 515-432-9548.

I hope to see you at one of the summer manure management events.

Angela Rieck-Hinz
2104 Agronomy Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011
(515) 294-9590
Iowa Manure Management Action Group

Manure sampling - Click on photo to enlarge

Manure sampling.


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