Ohio's annual Manure Science Review, featuring new and better ways to manage farm manure and wastewater, will take place Aug. 16.
Speakers from Ohio agencies, the farming community and Ohio State University highlight the program. Both morning presentations and afternoon field demonstrations are part of it.
Organizers say the event has a double focus: to put waste to good use -- to fertilize crops, cut disposal costs and save farmers money -- and keep water supplies safe.
New technologies and alternative methods are some of the topics, with an emphasis on reducing runoff risk and nutrient loss. Of note are sessions on separating dairy solids and on using those solids as alternative bedding for cattle.
The program takes place 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Winner Family Farm, 4317 State Route 47 West, DeGraff.
Registration costs $30 by Aug. 8, $35 afterward and at the door. Members of the Midwest Professional Nutrient Applicators Association receive a $5 discount. A continental breakfast, lunch and all materials are included.
Download the registration form at http://go.osu.edu/Dy4, or call 330-202-3533 to have a copy sent in the mail. Included with the registration form are the day's schedule, directions and the full list of topics and speakers.
Among the speakers:
* Alan Winner, owner of the host farm, a 400-cow dairy that separates its solids for greater efficiency.
* Tom Noyes, Wesley Haun and Amanda Meddles of Ohio State University Extension.
* Jocelyn Henderson and Terry Mescher of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
* Frank Gibbs of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
* Christine Pence of the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).
* Steve Searson of the Logan Soil and Water Conservation District.
Participants are eligible for 5.5 hours of continuing education credit under ODA's Certified Livestock Manager training program; 4.5 hours of Soil and Water Management credit in the Ohio Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) Program; 1 hour of Nutrient Management credit, also in the CCA program; and 5.5 Professional Development Hours for Professional Engineers.
Sponsoring the event are OSU Extension, Ohio State's Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, the Ohio Livestock Coalition, Ohio's Soil and Water Conservation Districts, ODA, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service, and ODNR.