IMMAG Updates

May 2012

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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In the April edition of the IMMAG Update resources were shared regarding the “Water Quality Initiative for Small Iowa Beef and Dairy Feedlot Operations.” It was also mentioned that ISU has partnered with DNR to place water quality testing kits in 20 County Extension offices. Since that time we have experienced numerous rainfall events that in some cases have actually caused runoff from feedlots. Now is a good time to evaluate the potential for runoff from your feedlot or dairy yard. These kits are available for livestock producers to use to check water quality in streams below their feedlots and cow yards. The test kits will come with an instructional video and a fact sheet on water quality testing and impacts. The results of this water testing are confidential and livestock producers are not required to share this information. This testing can help identify if runoff is reaching the stream and the potential impact on aquatic life. Click here for a list of counties hosting the water quality testing kits.


The IMMAG Events page is a compilation of manure management related events.  Please check the events page often for new listings.

The next Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center Webcast is scheduled for May 18 at 1:30 p.m. (central). The topic is “Nitrates in Groundwater.” To learn more please click here

Iowa Swine Day will be held on June 28 at the Scheman Building, ISU Campus, Ames, Iowa. To view the agenda and registration information please see:  Registration is currently open.

Iowa State University is hosting the Midwest Composting School on July 24-26 at the ISU Dairy Farm and University Compost Facility. The 2012 Midwest Composting School is a collaborative effort between Iowa State University, Illinois State University, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin, and Texas A&M University. The 2012 School is funded, in part, by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources SWAP Program. More information at:

The 2012 North American Manure Expo will be held on August 22 at the USDA Dairy Forage Research Center near Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin. Sponsor and exhibitor information should be directed to the Event Chair, Ted Bay at 608-723-2125 or More information at:

The University of Illinois will be offering a Technical Service Provider training course this fall. This six-week course will be offered on-line. For more information please see:


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

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