Manure management training scheduled for Huron on Jan. 14

Manure management training scheduled for Huron on Jan. 14 Huron will be the site of an environmental and manure management training session for livestock producers on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

The South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service will conduct the one-day training meeting starting at 9 a.m. in the Crossroads Hotel & Convention Center, 100 Fourth St. SW in Huron.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and costs $25 per person. Registration includes a lunch, coffee breaks and a training manual. Advance registration isn't required. The meetings end at 4:30 p.m.

Charles H. "Chuck" Ullery, SDSU Extension water and natural resources specialist, said the training will provide livestock producers with the environmental and manure management training they need to obtain a livestock permit from the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

"While most producers aren't required to have a livestock permit, current federal EPA and USDA programs encourage producers who don't need permits to voluntarily adopt and use livestock production and manure management practices that protect water quality," Ullery said.

In addition, some South Dakota counties have zoning ordinances concerning the location of new livestock operations that have the purpose of preventing water pollution and odor problems.

Training topics and speakers include:

South Dakota regulations for animal and swine livestock permits � Jeanie Votava, natural resources engineer, South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Nutrition management for reducing manure nutrients and odors � Kent Tjardes, SDSU Extension beef specialist.

Manure handling systems, including manure and nutrient production � Chuck Ullery, SDSU Extension water and natural resources specialist.

Using manure as a fertilizer and land application of manure � Jim Gerwing, SDSU Extension soils specialist.

Odor management and control � Chuck Ullery.

All South Dakota livestock producers are welcome to attend and learn about manure management practices that protect the environment and use manure nutrients as a fertilizer, Ullery said.

Topics to be covered include water and odor pollution processes, how to obtain a livestock permit, regulations for livestock operations, amount of manure and nutrients produced by livestock, determining land application rates for manure, preparing a manure management plan, potential health problems associated with handling manure, altering animal diets to maintain livestock performance while reducing odors and manure nutrients.

For more information, contact a local Extension office, an NRCS or conservation district office or Charles Ullery, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57006 (605) 688-5144 or fax (605) 688-6764. Ullery's e-mail address is Ullery.Charles@ces. sdstate.edu

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