Extension News

ISU Extension Offers Two Additional RUSLE2 and P Index Workshops

11/1/2005

Iowa State University Extension and the Iowa Manure Management Action Group (IMMAG), in collaboration with the Iowa USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, have scheduled two workshops to train service providers on how to use the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation 2 (RUSLE2) and the Iowa Phosphorus Index.

The first workshop will be held on Dec. 8 at the Dows Convention Center in Dows, Iowa and the second workshop will be held on Dec. 16 at the Bingley Building located on the Marion County Fairgrounds in Knoxville, Iowa. The workshops start at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. each day.

These workshops will provide training to service providers who are planning to work with livestock producers in developing nutrient and manure management plans. Participants will learn where to find the necessary software and how to install it on their computers, how to determine critical field areas, how to determine erosion rates using RUSLE2, calculate P Index vulnerability ratings, how to incorporate these numbers into manure management planning requirements and how to meet soil sampling requirements for manure management plans. Producers are also welcome to attend these workshops. 

The cost of the workshop is $100 if registered on or before Dec. 2, and $125 after Dec. 2.  The workshop fee includes handout materials and refreshments and lunch. Because software will be provided, participants are required to bring a MS Windows compatible laptop equipped with a CD-ROM drive and Microsoft Excel Software. Participants must have administrator rights to the computer they bring in order to install software. Each site is limited to 25 participants.

The program brochure and registration form is available at: http://extension.agron.iastate.edu/immag/info/rusle2dec05.pdf.

Registration forms should be sent to Story County Extension Office, 220 H Ave., Nevada, Iowa  50201. Questions regarding these workshops should be directed to Kapil Arora at (515) 382-6551 or Angie Rieck-Hinz at (515) 294-9590. 

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Contacts :

Kapil Arora, Extension Ag Engineer, Iowa State University, (515) 382-6551, pbtiger@iastate.edu

Angela Rieck-Hinz, Extension Program Specialist, Iowa State University, (515) 294-9590, amrieck@iastate.edu

Jean McGuire, Communications Specialist, Iowa State University, (515) 294-7033, jmcguire@iastate.edu