Registration open for 2017 Midwest Manure Summit

Wisconsin State Farmer
Stahl Brothers Dairy of Luxemburg has been fined for over-appliying manure to frozen crop fields resulting in runoff that polluted a private drinking water well at a county residence. The manure also contaminated a county wetland.

Green Bay — As the US dairy industry evolves, manure handling can become more complex, as manure is processed for energy, fertilizer, bedding and potable water.

To keep abreast of the latest technologies and techniques in manure management, University of Wisconsin-Extension is hosting the 2017 Midwest Manure Summit, Feb. 22 and 23, 2017, at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Green Bay.

During this two-day event, industry leaders will discuss innovations in manure processing and management, including:  feeding impacts on manure nutrients, manure economics, manure handling and application techniques and manure gas safety.

Nationally recognized speakers include: Manure Processing Technologies – Dr. Troy Runge, UW-Madison; Knock Me Over! Manure Gas and Safe Practices with Gypsum Bedded Dairies - Dr. Eileen Fabian, Penn State; Manure Economics and Application Decisions - Where are We Headed? - Dr. Daniel Andersen, Iowa State; Competing Priorities. Antibiotic Use in Animal Agriculture in a Time of Increasing Antibiotic Resistance - Dr. Katharine Knowlton, Virginia Tech; Assessment of Human Health Risk Due to Airborne Pathogens During Spray Irrigation of Dairy Manure - Dr. Tucker Burch, USDA-ARS; and How Dairy Cattle Feed Efficiencies Impact Manure Nutrients - Dr. Randy Shaver, UW-Madison.

Early bird registration for the 2017 Midwest Manure Summit runs until Feb. 6, 2017. The early-bird cost of the two-day Midwest Manure Summit is $225 per person, which includes electronic proceedings on a USB drive, lunches, and refreshments. After February 6, 2017, Summit registration increases to $300 per person.

Walk-in registration the day of the event is $350 per person. Complete agendas and registration details can be found at The 2017 Midwest Manure Summit has been approved for 11 Certified Crop Advisor CEUs for the two-day event.


This year, UW-Extension is also hosting a one-day, Pre-Summit on Feb. 21, 2017. Pre-Summit attendees will choose from two educational tracks. Track A – Wisconsin Anaerobic Digesters OR Track B – Developing Safety Plans for Manure Storage and Handling Systems.

Wisconsin Anaerobic Digester Program will provide participants with updates on anaerobic digesters technologies and management issues. Developing Safety Plans for Manure Storage and Handling Systems will focus on hazard assessments, confined space programs and atmospheric monitoring for manure gases to develop worker safety plans for farmers, custom nutrient applicators or others working in these manure systems.

Registrations for these Pre-Summit workshops are separate registrations from Summit. Early bird registration for the Pre-Summit workshops is $150 per person and includes proceedings, lunch and refreshments.  After Feb. 6, the cost of the Pre-Summit increases to $200 per person. More information can be found at

Questions regarding the Midwest Manure Summit can be directed to its co-chairs: Liz Binversie, Brown County UW-Extension Agriculture Educator, at or 920-391-4612 or Stephanie Plaster, Ozaukee and Washington County UW-Extension Agriculture Agent at 262-335-4477.

The 2017 Midwest Manure Summit is sponsored by UW-Extension with financial support from:  Manure Manager, Dairy Business Association, Komro Sales and Service, LLC, AgSource Laboratories, Boerger, LLC, Dairymaster USA, Inc., Foxland Harvestore, Inc., ProfitPro AG, and Pipping Concrete, Inc.