The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers is hosting a first-of-its-kind workshop designed to help livestock farmers maximize the nutrient value of the manure they apply to their fields
The workshop is planned for July 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Quality Inn in Dyersville.
“More and more farmers today are using manure as an organic nutrient for their crops as part of their precision management program. The “Manure: Your Fertilizer Source Workshop” is designed to help farmers manage this resource while helping them lower their fertilizer input costs,” said CSIF Executive Director Brian Waddingham. “In today’s tight market, this could mean the difference between being profitable and losing money.”
The event will feature a dynamic lineup of speakers, including Mike Naig, Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, who will kick off the event by addressing the issue of water quality and its relationship to livestock production in Iowa. Chad Ingels, a farmer and manure management plan provider, will offer insight on what the future holds for livestock manure regulations, making basic manure calculations, taking soil samples and testing manure.
Also scheduled to present are Dan Andersen with Iowa State University. He will explain how to put a dollar value on manure, how to offset commercial fertilizer costs with manure, and timing application to maximize nutrient utilization. Greg Brenneman with ISU Extension will provide insight into calculating application rates and calibrating manure spreaders, and will explain how manure type and storage can affect the nutrient value. CSIF’s Kent Mowrer will highlight resources that are available to livestock farmers to better manage their manure application and provide tips for how they can improve neighbor relations.
Registration, including a complimentary lunch, is free if completed by July 1. A $20 fee will be charged for registrations after July 1. For more information and to register, visit www.supportfarmers.com/workshop or call (800) 932-2436. Space is limited.
The coalition was created by farmers to help farmers raise livestock successfully and responsibly. It’s a joint partnership involving the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Egg Council, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Turkey Federation and Midwest Dairy Association.
The non-profit, non-partisan organization provides assistance to farmers at no cost. CSIF does not lobby or develop policy. Farm families wanting a helping hand can contact the coalition at (800) 932-2436.