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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If you have not yet met your annual training requirements for manure applicator certification, please schedule time at your county extension office soon to watch the training DVD. As the end of the year approaches time is running short to meet this requirement.
Manure applicator training for 2014 has been scheduled. The statewide training for commercial manure applicators is schedule for Tuesday, January 7 from 9 a.m. to noon in 76 Iowa County Extension Offices, 1 site in Minnesota and 2 sites in Wisconsin. For a complete list of locations please click here. This link also contains a list of 8 training dates for dry manure certification workshops. Commercial applicators handling and hauling primarily dry manure are encouraged to attend the dry manure applicator certification workshops. All currently certified commercial manure applicators will receive a postcard in the mail in December with a list of workshop locations.
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.
November 13. The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers is hosting a webinar at noon to explain the impact of the EPA/DNR workplan agreement and how it will affect DNR farm inspections. This webinar is free and available to livestock and poultry producers. For more information see the CSIF webpage at: http://www.supportfarmers.com/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=188123.
November 15, 2013. The next LPELC webinar, Capturing Valuable Nutrients from Manure, is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. (central). This webcast is the first in a series of three webcasts that will provide information on: the need to capture nutrients for recycling off-farm, global phosphorus supplies, and technologies that are being used on-farm to capture nitrogen and phosphorus from manure. These webinars are open to the public and available at no charge. Click on the link above to find instructions on how to participate the day of the webinar.
November 19, 2013. ISU Extension and Outreach and the Delaware County Soil and Water Conservation District, with partnership assistance from USDA-NRCS, are hosting a tour at the Paul Overman beef feedlot and the Wayne and Wade Brunsman dairy farms north of Dyersville, Iowa. The tour will look at practices and management techniques to help small dairies and beef feedlots address potential water quality impacts of runoff from outside open lot areas. The farms feature clean water diversion from buildings and fields, covered and open manure storage, and feeding under roof. The event also will feature a manure spreader calibration exercise to help fine-tune application rates of nutrients used for crop production. The field day starts at 10 a.m. For more information visit: http://www.agronext.iastate.edu/immag/info/13neiasmalldairybeeftour1.pdf
November 21, 2013. Iowa State University Extension, South Dakota State University, the USDA U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are hosting a one-day beef facilities conference on November 21, 2013 at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Early bird registration at $40 per person ends on November 14. Late registrations and walk-ins will pay $60 per person. This one-day conference features research and extension presentations in addition to panel discussions on management options for four different types of beef housing. Program highlights include the results of a recent air emissions study in mono-slope barns, a review of air quality regulations, capturing manure nutrients, building management and cattle performance in these types of housing facilities. The program agenda, registration and lodging information is available at: http://www.aep.iastate.edu/facility/. Anyone wishing to sponsor this event may access sponsorship information at: http://www.aep.iastate.edu/facility/sponsors.
During this season of giving thanks I would like to thank all who support our web page, newsletter and manure educational programs. I would also like to thank all those manure applicators that help us develop programming, let us take photos, and help share experiences that we use to train others. And I would be very remiss if I didn’t thank all of my Extension colleagues who day after day serve our crop and livestock producers, consultants, partners and agency staff in the world of manure management. Thank-you for all you do.
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