A workshop to train livestock producers and service providers on how to use the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation 2 (RUSLE2) and the Iowa Phosphorus Index for use in nutrient management and manure management plans is planned for March 20 in Altoona, Iowa.
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will offer manure applicator certification workshops for dry/solid manure operators on seven different dates and locations in February.
Confinement site manure applicators and anyone interested in learning about manure issues should plan to attend a two-hour workshop offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in January or February 2013. A total of 61 confinement site manure applicator workshops will be held in 57 different counties.
Commercial manure applicators can attend three hours of training on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 to meet commercial manure applicator certification requirements. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will conduct Commercial Manure Applicator training from 9 a.m. to noon at 69 locations in Iowa and one location in Wisconsin.
ISU Extension and Outreach is hosting two Iowa manure management and runoff control demonstration field days – Oct. 29 near Wall Lake and Oct. 31 near Andover. The purpose of these field days is to review low-cost options for managing runoff water and manure from small to medium size beef and dairy feedlot operations.
Iowa State University Extension agricultural engineers say documented cases of manure pit fires and explosions in Iowa highlight the caution needed when agitating and pumping manure from pits beneath buildings. They offer steps to minimize risk of injuries and flash fires.
A statewide training for commercial manure applicators will be conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources on Wednesday, Sept. 5, from 9 a.m. to noon. This training will be a reshow of the same program that was offered for training in January 2012.
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Beef Center will host a three-site tour for beef producers in Lyon County early next month. Extension ag engineer Kris Kohl said the northwest Iowa half-day tour on Aug. 7 will provide an opportunity for feedlot operators to look at different manure control structures and management options for small open feedlots.
Educational materials developed by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach with industry and agency partners are assisting small beef and dairy feedlot producers in their effort to decrease potential manure impacts on water quality.
Livestock producers and service providers can learn how to use RUSLE2 in nutrient management, manure management and comprehensive nutrient management plans at a workshop April 5 at the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Polk County office.