The latest advances in manure management technologies will be on display July 20 at the Northeast Community College's Agricultural Complex in Norfolk, Neb. The 2011 North American Manure Expo is hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and other land-grant colleges in partnership with Nebraska custom manure applicators and businesses and the Iowa Commercial Nutrient Applicators Association.

The annual event travels to a new venue each year and may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity because it will not return to Nebraska for some time, said Leslie Johnson, project coordinator for University of Nebraska's Animal Manure Management workgroup and co-chair for the 2011 expo.

The industry trade show with manure technology demonstrations and many educational events previously has drawn 1,200-1,500 people from all across the U. S. and Canada. Anyone with an interest in agriculture should plan to attend including livestock producers, manure handlers, consultants and the general public.

Approximately 50 exhibitors from the United States and Canada will display and demonstrate all types and sizes of manure handling equipment including manure and fertilizer spreaders, manure incorporation equipment, GPS equipment for manure application and manure storage options.

New this year are sprinkler irrigation systems for manure application. Ride-and-drive style demonstrations will be available for those that want to get behind the wheel. All demonstrations will be held (rain or shine) on 40 acres of land next to the complex.

“There's something for everyone, including anyone that is concerned for the environment and wants to know how livestock producers are handling manure to avoid water contamination (whether or not they are directly involved with agriculture)," Johnson said.

 "Professionalism in Manure Management" is the theme of this year's expo. Educational topics will include: manure stockpiling, manure pit foaming and safety, center pivots for irrigation of manure and much more.

The Environmental Protection Agency will be at the expo to explain nutrient management plans. Another educational session will discuss the latest research on winter application of manure on frozen soils. A panel of crop consultants will discuss how to value and market manure. Attendees can attend a "Manure Pump School" or test their knowledge at a "Manure Scene Investigation."

These are just a few of the educational programs that will be offered at the expo, and many of the sessions will be approved for continuing education units for certified crop advisors and others.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Mobile Computer Lab also will be there to help producers with manure related computer programs such as the P-Index (revised in 2011), the Purdue Manure Management Planner, and the National Air Quality Site Assessment Tool. Technical support will be on hand to answer questions as well as teach how to use the programs.

This event will meet recertification (not initial) training requirements from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality for livestock operations that have a Waste Control Facility Permit. Attendees need only attend two hours of sessions to obtain their certificate.

"Regardless of your certification status or size of operation, this is an excellent learning opportunity for anyone who handles manure as a livestock producer or as a custom applicator or hauler," Johnson said.

The expo is open from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and there is no cost to attend. More information about the North American Manure Expo is available online.

Source: University of Nebraska-Lincoln