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June 2008 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.

As farmers begin to pick up the pieces from weather related events, now is a good time to start thinking about what you would do in the future if such unfortunate events strike again. Even if you were not affected by tornadoes, intense rainfall or flooding, do you have a plan in place to address emergencies? Many resources exist, but here are a few to consider.

PM 1859 Emergency Action Plans includes detailed suggestions for creating an emergency action plan for livestock facilities in case of accidents such as manure spills or leaks. This publication is found at:

The series of Farm*A*Syst publications can help you assess on farm manure storage, response to manure spills, pesticide and fertilizer storage and other farm characteristics. This series of publications can be found at:

Along with planning for possible emergency situations, daily inspection of manure storage structures is highly suggested when weather conditions have left soils saturated. Please see the following press release from the DNR at

PUBLICATIONS: Volume 9 of the Iowa Manure Manger Series titled Summary of Regulations for Building or Expanding Open Lots and Confined Beef and Dairy Operations with less than 1,000 Animal Units has been posted to the IMMAG publications page at: This publication is intended to assist smaller dairy and beef operations understand regulations that apply to their livestock operations.

The summer edition of the Iowa Manure Matters-Odor and Nutrient Management Newsletter is now available on the Web at:
Hard copies of the newsletter will begin arriving in mailboxes during the last week in June.

Beginning in December 2008, the ONM newsletter will move to electronic distribution only. Increasing costs in postage and printing necessitate a change in delivery format so the newsletter can continue to provide you with timely information. To continue uninterrupted delivery of the ONM newsletter, please take a few moments to complete the on-line subscription form at You will receive the final printed ONM newsletter by mail in September as we transition from print newsletters to electronic distribution.

EVENTS: For a complete list of events, please see the IMMAG events page at:

July 9, 2008. The Great Lakes Manure Handling Expo will be held at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, OH. For more information please see: Gates open at 8:30am and close at 4:00pm. Parking and admission are free. Over 1,500 people are expected to attend and there will be more than 45 exhibitors in the exhibition area. Educational session, educational demonstrations and commercial exhibitor demonstrations comprise the Expo schedule.

A field day will be held on June 30, 2008 beginning at 5 p.m. at the CRP Research and Demonstration Farm north of Corning, IA. This field day will highlight manure application to pastures. More information can be found at:

Iowa State University and the Egg Industry Center are sponsoring the conference "Water Quality and Layer Manure as a Fertilizer" on July 10, 2008, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Scheman Building, Iowa State University. There is no cost to attend this conference however, attendees should register by July 1 to help organizers plan for resources and meals. Please call Peg Uthe at (515) 294-6994 to register for this conference. More information can be found at:

August 20, 2008. Selected Extension County Offices will host a statewide re-show of the Iowa Commercial Manure Applicator training program. The program will begin promptly at 9 a.m. and will end at noon. This workshop will assist commercial manure applicators who need to meet annual training requirements prior to the fall application season. A complete list of counties hosting this program will be included in the July 2008 IMMAG Update. If you have employees who need to meet certification requirements, please plan to have them attend this program. A letter containing details and locations of this certification workshop will be sent to commercial applicator businesses in July.

Three workshops on "Buying and Selling Manure" will be held in August. The goal of these workshops is to assist livestock producers who want to sell manure. The workshop will focus on sampling manure, pricing manure, and meeting requirements to sell manure. Please register for one of these workshop by contacting Kris Kohl at 712-732-5056. The dates and locations include:

Carroll County Extension Office, Carroll, IA
August 22, 2008 at 1:30 p.m.

Western Iowa Community College, Cherokee, IA
August 26, 2008 at 9:00 a.m.

Northwestern Iowa Community College, Sheldon, IA
August 26, 2008 at 1:30 p.m.

October 21-23, 2008. The 2008 National Poultry Waste Management Symposium will be held in Des Moines. For more information please see:


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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