Extension News

ISU Extension Offers RUSLE2 and P Index Workshop for Manure Plan Writers

3/6/2007

AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State University Extension and the Iowa Manure Management Action Group (IMMAG), in collaboration with the Iowa USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, have scheduled a workshop to train 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.

The workshop will be held on April 16, at the ISU Extension Buena Vista County office in Storm Lake, Iowa.  The workshop starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m.

This workshop 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.

Specifically, this workshop will use examples from open feedlots. Open feedlots that are designated as Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), or primarily over 1,000 animal units, will need to implement these software programs to meet requirements of their operation permits and nutrient management plans. 

The cost of the workshop is $150 if registered prior to April 9, and $165 after April 9.   The workshop fee includes handout materials, refreshments and lunch. Because software will be provided, participants are required to bring an MS Windows compatible laptop equipped with a CD-ROM drive and Microsoft Excel Software. Participants must have their administrator password to the computer they bring in order to install software.  The workshop is limited to 30 participants.

On-line registration and program information is available at: http://www.ucs.iastate.edu/mnet/rusle2/home.html. Questions regarding the workshop should be directed to Kapil Arora at (515) 382-6551, Angie Rieck-Hinz at (515) 294-9590 or Kris Kohl (712) 732-5056.

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

Kris Kohl, Extension Ag Engineer, Iowa State University,  (712) 732-5056, kkohl1@iastate.edu