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Midwest Manure Summit 2015 Recap

By cptp | 11:13 AM, 03/04/2015

The Midwest Manure Summit was held on February 24 & 25, 2015 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. This informative summit focused on managing manure through new technologies and methods. The two-day event brought together experts from across the country and included nationally recognized speakers as well as farm tours.

Rebecca Power, Cooperative Extension Regional Water Quality Liaison attended the event and had this to say in the North Central Region Water Network February Newsletter:

“I attended the Midwest Manure Summit - an excellent program put on by the University of Wisconsin-Extension. While many attendees were Wisconsinites, folks came from as far away as the country of Denmark!

In an era where disagreements about water resource management are common and sometimes heated, the Summit was a place where everyone was in the same room trying to keep farms profitable and conserve water resources for future generations.

Presenters were from universities, federal agencies, firms providing new manure management technology, and farmers. This is the important science-based work that Extension does quietly and capably every day on a diversity of topics that matter to you - either directly or indirectly.”

Visit the Midwest Manure Summit to read more about the presentations.

Speakers Included:

Dr. John Chastain, associate professor, Agricultural Waste Management, Clemson University, “Planning a Solid-Liquid Separation System to Meet Manure Treatment and Management Goals.”

Dr. Kevin Janni, professor, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, University of Minnesota, “Manure Odor Management.”

Dr. Mark Powell, soil scientist, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center, “The Rations We Feed Dairy Cattle Impact Manure Chemistry and Nutrient Dynamics in Soil, Water and Air.”

Doug Renk, biological commissioning engineer, BIOFerm USA, “Compact, Containerized Anaerobic Digester: On-Farm Energy Creation for Small-Medium Dairies.”

Dr. Ariel Szogi, soil scientist, USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Coastal Plains Soil, Water and Plant Research Center, “Nutrient Recovery Technologies from Animal Manure.”