A continuing education program for technical service providers involved in writing comprehensive nutrient-management plans is set for March 11-13 at the Comfort Inn and Suites in Omaha, Neb.
   
The program is sponsored by the Heartland Regional Water Coordination Initiative's Animal Manure Management Team, which is comprised of a consortium involving Iowa State University, Kansas State University, the University of Missouri, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension ervice, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 7. 
  
The focus will be on the latest research-based information on manure nd nutrient management and will acquire the skills for helping clients achieve their goals, says Joel DeRouchey, Kansas State Extension livestock specialist . The program covers three content areas -- manure management, design and engineering, and software tools. These are addressed in half-day sessions, and participants may select among the three content areas. They also may attend the full three-day training or only individual workshops.
   
"They (participants) will get the latest nutrient research that's been conducted for preparing nutrient management plans," says  Joe Lally, project coordinator. "It will be hands-on training, so they will be able to take the materials home and put them to work right away. In addition, we´re especially pleased to offer the Manure Management Planner software training." The software was developed at Purdue University.
   
Participants should receive credit for about four continuing-education units for each half-day session they attend. This applies to technical service providers, certified crop advisers and members of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists.
   
Pre-registration is required. Early bird registration is due Feb. 24 and costs $100 for each half-day session or $350 to attend the entire three-day program. After that date, registration costs $125 per session or $450 for the entire program. Registrations will be accepted through March 7.
   
To register, follow this link. You also can register via postal mail by downloading a form at
www.iowabeefcenter.org or www.heartlandwq.iastate.edu/ManureManagement. These sites include hotel details.
   
More information is available by contacting Joe Lally at (515) 294-1496 or e-mail lally@iastate.edu; or Teshome Regassa at (402) 476-6844 or e-mail tregassa2@unl.edu

Source: Kansas State University