A new animal manure management resource is now available to producers. The University of Georgia and its partner universities host the Extension Web site. The Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center is a central resource for topics on management, storage, economics, value and utilization of animal manure.

To help inform producers on manure handling and treatment issues, UGA professor Mark Risse along with colleagues from universities in Washington and Nebraska created the online Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center.

The USDA estimates that 257,000 livestock and poultry operations produce 780 million tons of animal manure.

eXtension is a nationwide clearinghouse of research-based information. Land-grant universities across the nation contribute information to the site.

“As we get fewer and fewer resources, we’ve got to be able to work together like this,” said Mark Risse, a UGA Cooperative Extension engineer and animal waste specialist. Risse’s goal is to help people involved in animal manure topics, whether they deal with policy issues, help livestock producers or deliver technical services – and wherever they live.

“Our biggest surprise is the Environmental Protection Agency and policymakers make up 25 percent to 30 percent of the audience for our webcasts,” Risse said. “Our stakeholders find that very good, because they know and trust the information on our site.”

The site prides itself on “connecting experts with those [who] need the information. Animal producers are getting information from the person in the country who knows the most about it,” Risse said.