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Keeping your environment clean at the Manure Expo


July 25, 2013
By Manure Manager

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Photo courtesy of Marg Land.

Jul. 25, 2013, Guelph, Ont. – Being held on August 20 and 21, 2013, the North American Manure Expo is the premier event of its kind in Canada. This year, the theme of the 2013 event will be “Getting It Right: Precision manure application.”

While the equipment and trade show runs from 8-5pm on August 21st, there will be eight classroom sessions that you won’t want to miss. Remember, MORNING SEMINARS BEGIN AT 9am sharp! Details of sessions 5 and 6 follow.

Session #5 – Considering Neighbours (to be held in Classroom A)

The subject of manure management can be a difficult one to address, especially in situations where urban communities meet rural developments. And farming in urban areas can often lead to ugly disputes, so what should urban people expect from their livestock producing neighbours?

For this session, the speakers will be Eric Kaiser (Soil Conservation Council of Canada and farmer), Hugh Fraser (Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Ministry of Rural Affairs) and Sam Bradshaw (environment consultant). These speakers will help you develop and implement proven communications strategies, as well as look at the expectations of both urban and rural centers around manure management.

Session #6 – Environmental Protection (to be held in Classroom B)

As farmers, we have a duty to responsibly maintain and manage the environment that we use. Therefore, if livestock production is situated on sandy soils over an aquifer that supplies a large urban population, environmental considerations are a must. But what do you do? And how do you do it?

During this session, the speakers will help you make that determination – Is it safe to apply here? Do we need a source water protection plan?

Our speakers for this segment are Don King (Soil Resource Group and farmer) and Dave Belanger (Water Supply Program Manager, City of Guelph), and they will cover some of the considerations around soil and site conditions, water source location and the nutrient content when manure is applied in areas with elevated environmental risk.

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NOTE: Sessions 7 through 8 will be featured in upcoming articles.

Don’t miss the North American Manure Expo, being hosted north of the U.S. border for the first time ever at the University of Guelph’s Arkell Research Station, minutes from Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

To register or for more information, visit www.manureexpo2013.com.