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Monthly Manure Plan Workshops
Kris Kohl, ISU Extension agricultural engineer, has scheduled a series of manure plan development workshops for producers who need to complete a manure management plan or who need to file their annual updates with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Workshops are scheduled for Sept. 19, Oct. 24, Nov. 21, and Dec. 15. Each workshop starts at 10 a.m. and concludes at 3 p.m. The fee to attend a workshop is $25. For more information or to register for a workshop please see http://extension.agron.iastate.edu/immag/info/05idnrmgtbrochure.pdf or contact the Buena Vista County Extension Office at (712) 732-5056.
2005 Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP) Development Course
The national CNMP Development Course is scheduled for Nov. 15 - 17, at the Holiday Inn Downtown in Portland, Ore. Registration for the course is now open. Information about the course, lodging and registration is available on-line at the following Web site: http://www.ucs.iastate.edu/mnet/cnmp/home.html
Completion of this course is required to become certified as a Technical Service Provider (TSP) in the CNMP Development area by the Iowa State University (ISU) national TSP certification program. Under a national memorandum of understanding with USDA, individuals certified under the ISU program can be recognized as certified TSPs in the CNMP Plan Development area nationally by NRCS under TechReg. If you are interested in becoming a CNMP Technical Service Provider, certification information is available at the following Web site: http://www.abe.iastate.edu/wastemgmt/cnmpcertification.htm
The 2005 CNMP Development course will be taught using an updated curriculum based on the CNMP Core Curriculum developed under a joint effort by Iowa State University, the University of Tennessee, Michigan State University, Purdue University, the University of Idaho, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service as part of a CSREES Extension Education Water Quality project.
RUSLE2 and Iowa P Index Workshops
Two RUSLE2 and Iowa P Index workshops have been scheduled for December 2005. The first workshop will be held on Dec. 8, at the Dows Convention Center and the second workshop is scheduled for Dec. 16 at the fairgrounds in Knoxville. Registration information will be available on the IMMAG Web site in early November. If you have questions regarding these workshops, please call Kapil Arora at (515) 382-6551.
John M. Airy Symposium
The John M. Airy Symposium: Visions for Animal Agriculture and the Environment to be held Jan. 5-6, 2006 in Kansas City, MO will provide a forum for discussing the future challenges and solutions which the livestock industry (swine, poultry, beef and dairy) must address with research. With new technologies rapidly unfolding and efforts to enhance federal funding for environmental research well under way, now is the time, and this symposium is the place, to define visions for the future course of livestock production and the environment. Outcomes of the workshop include 1) defining the environmental hurdles that limit progressive livestock production, 2) outlining a vision of how to overcome these limitations, and 3) prioritizing future livestock and environmental research. Industry representatives, government officials, agricultural engineers, environmental consultants, animal scientists, environmental organizations, and nutrition consultants are encouraged to attend.
This event will be held at the Embassy Suites, 7640 NW Tiffany Springs Parkway, Kansas City, Missouri 64153. For more information contact Trina Zimmer, Iowa State University at (515) 294-0847 or http://www.iowabeefcenter.org//content/Airy_home.htm.