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Winter application rules prohibiting manure application on snow-covered ground went into effect on December 21. Winter application rules prohibiting application on frozen ground start on February 1. For more details, please refer to this article: Manure Management: Preparing for Winter Part 2.
The article Resources for Manure Management on Small Dairy Farms with Outside Pens and Lots recently appeared in the ISU Extension and Outreach E-Dairy News and Views Newsletter.
Commercial Manure Applicators: Did you miss the statewide training on January 7? Commercial manure applicators have two options to meet certification for the remainder of 2014. They can make an appointment at their County Extension office to watch the training video or they can contact the DNR field offices to schedule time for the certification exam. These opportunities are available throughout the year, however, to avoid paying the late fee, annual certification must be complete by March 1st annually. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering 8 certification workshops in February for dry/solid manure applicators. Complete details for these workshops can be found by clicking here.
Confinement site applicators may attend any one of 67 two-hour workshops scheduled for January-February 2014 to meet manure applicator certification requirements. A complete list of dates and locations can be found on the IMMAG web page by clicking here. Want to add your local confinement site applicator workshop to your electronic calendar? Click on the previous link. Find the county workshop you plan to attend and in the right column on the table click on the calendar icon. A pop-up box will open on your screen. Click "save and close" and the event will be added to your calendar. Confinement site applicators that prefer to attend the dry manure certification meetings can find a list at: http://www.agronext.iastate.edu/immag/certification/confdates.html#drymanure
The IMMAG Events page is a compilation of manure management related events. Please check the events page often for new listings.
January-February 2014. Make plans now to attend the Confinement Site Manure Applicator certification workshops.
January 22-23, 2014. Iowa Pork Congress will take place at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, IA. Come and visit the Iowa Pork Industry Center and IMMAG booth. We hope to see you there.
January 30-31, 2014. Driftless Region Beef Conference will be held at the Grad River Convention Center in Dubuque, IA.
The Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center will be offering the following upcoming webinars. Check back for more details.
February - Gasification technology for manure and algae biomass
March 7 - Water Quality Index for Agricultural Runoff
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