Workgroup to address manure report questions

Now Media Group


Now that people have had a chance to read the Wisconsin Manure Irrigation Workgroup's 100-plus page report, titled 'Considerations for the Use of Manure Irrigation Practices,' workgroup members will hold a webinar on Monday, May 16 to address questions and comments about the report that have been submitted to the workgroup's website.

The report, which was released on April 14, was developed by a UW-Madison/UW-Extension-led group composed of scientists, public health specialists, state agency experts, farmers, conservationists and others. It is available on the Wisconsin Manure Irrigation Workgroup website at

The May 16 webinar will run from 12 p.m. – 1:15 p.m., and will include a brief introduction, followed by responses to questions and comments. Although questions and comments will be accepted during the webinar, workgroup members prefer they be submitted via the manure irrigation workgroup website by Friday, May 13.

To attend the webinar, please register in advance through the Wisconsin Manure Irrigation Workgroup website at

For those not able to attend during this time, a recording of the webinar will be uploaded to the workgroup website.

Workgroup members participating in the webinar include:

·· Ken Genskow, associate professor and chair on the UW-Madison Department of Urban and Regional Planning and UW-Extension water resources planning specialist. Genskow is the chair of the workgroup and co-editor of the report. Contact info:, (608) 262-8756.

· Becky Larson, assistant professor in the UW-Madison Department of Biological Systems Engineering and UW-Extension biological waste specialist. Larson is co-editor of the report. Contact info:, (608) 890-3171.

· Mark Borchardt, microbiologist with the USDA–Agricultural Research Service. Contact info:, (715) 387-4943.

· Andrew Craig, water resources management specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Contact info:, (608) 267-7695.

· Suzanne Gibbons-Burgener, infectious diseases epidemiologist with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

· Rob Thiboldeaux, toxicologist with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

More information about the workgroup and the report is available at