Kansas State University will host a field day for livestock producers and others concerned with the proper handling of manure from livestock operations. The field day, "Implementation of Nutrient Management Plans for Livestock Operations," is sponsored by Kansas State Research and Extension, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service.
   
The Aug. 13, event will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Kansas State´s Animal Science Farm Shop headquarters at the corner of Marlatt and College avenues in Manhattan, Kan. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.
   
Organizers are requesting a pre-registration fee of $20 per attendee by Aug. 8. Checks should be made out to KSU-LMIC and mailed to Joel DeRouchey, 126 Weber Hall, Kansas State University,
Manhattan, KS. 66506.
   
"This field day is designed to assist livestock producers, nutrient-management-plan developers, and regulatory and Extension personnel in how to properly implement a NMP," says DeRouchey, a Kansas State Extension livestock specialist. "We will have demonstrations on proper sampling, calibrating manure equipment, and adjusting application rates, based on soil and manure analyses."
   
Swine producers can receive KDHE Swine Certification Training credit by attending the day-long session. These participants must register directly with Robert Gavin at the KDHE by calling (785) 296-5557. Applicable KDHE-certification fees will apply.
   
Some of the topics to be covered during the field day include:

  • Implementing your NMP;
  • Collecting and caring for manure and soil samples;
  • Understanding and using your soil and manure test results,
    including the related nutrient crediting and environmental
    considerations;
  • Implementing an NMP for regulatory compliance from the producer´s
    perspective;
  • The Neighbor-to-eighbor Program  -- learning positive interaction
    methods to use with neighbors (sponsored by the Kansas Pork
    Association);
  • Understanding the KDHE requirements for swine operations (for those
    attending for swine-certification training).

For more information or to receive an informational flyer about the
nutrient-management field day, contact DeRouchey at (785) 532-2280 or e-mail him at jderouch@ksu.edu.

Source: Kansas State University