The 2013 Midwest Manure Summit will be Feb. 26-27 in Green Bay at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center focusing on new technologies to make the use of manure more efficient, easier and better for farmers, their cattle and their land.
The Midwest Manure Summit is a conference for any agriculture producer or agri-business professional interested in manure handling and processing.
Dealing with manure is a challenge for any farming operation, and the summit focuses on new technologies to best utilize and dispose of livestock manure.
Experts from across the country will be on the program to address manure handling challenges and alternatives.
Organizers at the University of Wisconsin-Extension invite producers and professionals to join in the discussions and hear speakers so they can take home ideas that can be adapted to farms of any size.
This important event is held every other year. In 2011 there were over 200 in attendance.
The cost of the conference is $175 per person; registration is also available for a single day for $90. Registration fees will increase to $200 full conference/$105 for a single day after February 18. Registration includes Tuesday lunch, Wednesday breakfast and lunch, daily refreshments, and conference proceedings.
For more information about this event, see the website www.midwestmanure.com
. or contact: Mark Hagedorn, Conference Coordinator and Brown County Dairy & Livestock Agent 920-391-4612 firstname.lastname@example.org or Abby Huibregtse, Conference Coordinator and Oconto County Agriculture Agent 920-834-6845 email@example.com.
On Tuesday, Feb. 26, the conference opens with registration at 9 a.m. followed by introductions and at 10:15 a.m. "Best Management Practices for Reducing Odor & Emission on Midwest Dairies" presented by Richard Stowell, P.E. PhD, University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
At 11:05 a.m. the program continues with "Dairy Manure Biochar as a Phosphorus Fertilizer" presented by Dr. Keri Cantrell of the USDA's Agricultural Research Service.
After lunch a virtual tour of a manure digester is on the program, followed by a number of breakout sessions: "Managing Manure on Rosenholm-Wolfe Dairy from Loren Wolfe; "Assessing Hazards in Manure Storage & Handling Systems" from Cheryl Skjolaas of the UW Center for Agricultural Safety & Health; and a Sand Separation Producer Panel.
Other breakout sessions include "Reducing Sand Inventory-Producing Cleaner, Dryer Sand" with Renee Shrift, McLanahan Corporation; "Comparison of Phosphorus Removal Efficiency for Various Manure Processing Technologies' with Dr. Becky Larson, UW-Extension; and "Digester Economics: Profit from Poop?" with Dr. Bob Nagel, Holsum Dairies, LLC.
At 4:10 p.m. the program has "Inactivation of Dairy Manure-Borne Pathogens by Anaerobic Digestion" with Mark Borchardt, Dairy Forage Research Center.
On Wednesday, Feb. 27, the program begins at 8 a.m. with Dr. Al Heber, from Purdue University Department of Agriculture & Biological Engineering talking about "What Does the NAEMS Data Results Mean for Dairy Producers?
At 9 a.m. Marquette University's Dr. Daniel Zitomer will talk about "Myths & Misconceptions of Digesters."
The second day of the summit continues with a series of breakout sessions including the following: New Technologies Available to Manage Emissions Mitigation, from Richard Stowell, P.E. PhD, from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; "Effect of Manure Treatment on N and P Availability" with Dr. Carrie Laboski, UW-Madison; and "Manure Storage Design Opportunities" from Jennifer Keuning, Conestoga-Rovers & Associates.
At 11 a.m. the program continues with "Resource Concerns & Dairy Manure Management," presented by John Ramsden, P.E. NRCS.
At 1 p.m. attendees can take a virtual tour of Advanced Manure Processing.
The program continues at 2:30 p.m. with "What Have We Learned About Using Recycled Manure Solids for Bedding?" from Marcia Endres, University of Minnesota.
The conference is scheduled to wrap up by 3:30 p.m.
The Radisson Hotel & Conference Center is located at 2040 Airport Drive in Green Bay.
Organizers ask that attendees register by Feb. 18. Registration can be done online at www.midwestmanure.com
or the registration form and payment can be mailed to UW-Madison CALS Conference Services, 620 Babcock Drive Madison, WI 53706 or faxed to: 608-262-5088.
Sponsoring businesses for the conference include "Manure Manager Magazine," DairyBusiness Communications, Bauer North America, Dairyland Laboratories, Jamesway Farm Equipment, Foxland Harvestore, Inc., Roach & Associates, AgSource Laboratories, Braun Electric, Inc., Conestoga-Rovers & Associates, Cornell Pump Company, Komro Sales, Pipping Concrete, Inc., Puck Custom Enterprises, Inc., Wisconsin Farmer's Union, Agromatic, Inc., DVO, Inc.