LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska classes will be available later this month and in February on how to turn manure nutrients into better crops while protecting the environment.

The classes are set at University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension offices on Jan. 27 and Feb. 2.

Livestock producers with waste-control facility permits received or renewed since April 1998 must be certified and are encouraged to attend.

The workshops will help producers take advantage of the nutrient management planning requirements of Nebraska's Department of Environmental Quality.

For more information, contact Leslie Johnson at 402-584-3818 or e-mail ljohnson13(at)unl.edu.

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