Spring 2007

Upcoming Events


Feedlot Permit Workshops

The Iowa Beef Center is sponsoring two workshops for feedlot owners/managers and their consultants. These workshops will help feedlot owners understand their federal operation permit, commonly known as the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems (NPDES) permit, prepare for developing a nutrient management plan and assist with the recordkeeping requirements of the permit and nutrient plan.

Locations for the meetings are as follows:

April 11
at the new Sioux County Extension Office,
400 Central Ave NW Suite 700, Orange City. (712) 737-4230

April 12
at the new Carroll County Extension Office,
1205 West US Hwy 30, Suite G, Carroll. (712) 792-2364

The workshops will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please bring a copy of your permit with you. Registration for the workshops is $30 for the first person from each operation and $15 for each additional person from the same operation. Please contact the location where you plan to attend byApril 9 so that adequate lunch and materials can be made available. If you have any questions please contact John Lawrence at (515) 294-2333, Kris Kohl at (712) 732-5056 or Shawn Shouse at (712) 769-2600.

RUSLE2 and the Iowa P Index Workshop

Iowa State University Extension, the Iowa Manure Management Action Group (IMMAG) and the USDA-NRCS will offer a RUSLE2 and Iowa P Index workshop on April 16 in Storm Lake, Iowa. This workshop will begin at 9 a.m. and continue to 4 p.m. The objective of this workshop is to teach producers and consultants how to use the RUSLE2 and Iowa P Index software for use in manure management plans. The program agenda and on-line registration form can be found at: http://www.ucs.iastate.edu/mnet/rusle2/home.html or please call Kapil Arora at (515) 382-6551, Angie Rieck-Hinz at (515) 294-9590 or Kris Kohl at (712) 732-5056 for additional information.

U of Minnesota Air Quality Workshops

The University of Minnesota is sponsoring a series of workshops on Animal Agriculture and Air Quality and a hands-on workshop that will discuss biofilter design and construction in May. For more information please see:  http://manure.coafes.umn.edu/workshops/index.html
or contact David Schmidt at (612)625-4262. 

Anaerobic Treatment of Agricultural Wastes

A national short-course on the Anaerobic Treatment of Agricultural Wastes is being offered by the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University. The course will be held at the Hotel Fort Des Moines, in Des Moines, on May 21 and 22.

The course is designed to provide information on the selection, implementation and operation of anaerobic digesters for manure and agricultural wastes for technical service providers, environmental technicians and facility operators interested in using anaerobic treatment at their facilities; and for technical service providers, NRCS personnel, regulatory and environmental agencies, and extension professionals involved with the implementation anaerobic treatment systems.

Topics will include a background and introductory information on anaerobic digestion, cost sharing and support opportunities, biogas production rates, collection, handling, and electricity production, marketing carbon credits, anaerobic digestion and biogas use at ethanol plants, centralized digestion, and multiple case studies. Equipment, product, and service providers will be available during daily breaks and receptions. For more information, contact Robert Burns (rburns@iastate.edu) or Lara Moody (lmoody@iastate.edu or (515) 294-7355)


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