Learning and building the industry
By Marg Land
“The illiterate of the 21st
Century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who
cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” – Alvin Toffler, American writer
“The illiterate of the 21st Century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” – Alvin Toffler, American writer and futurist.
Every day is a new opportunity to learn something new – It is certainly not a new adage to live by but it’s becoming a more important aspect of business, including the business of agriculture.
Technology in the barn and field continues to advance at a quick pace
and with that advancement comes a new stream of processes, challenges, policies and regulations to incorporate and understand.
Thankfully, with these advances come opportunities for farmers and agricultural trades people to improve their skills and knowledge. This year’s Upper Midwest Manure Handling Expo, ManureTech 2007, is just such an opportunity.
Scheduled for August 21 at the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Centre near Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin, the expo provides livestock farmers, manure managers and custom manure applicators a chance to attend education sessions, view equipment and skills demonstrations, plus view the latest in manure-related services and products.
“This program is targeted to an audience that works with manure on
a regular basis to help them see and hear about what works and what doesn’t,” explains Matt Hanson, a crops and soils agent with the University of Wisconsin Extension for Dodge County. “They will have a chance to learn about options… and pick up other ideas as they meet and speak with a variety of people that are in the business.”
Not only will attendees be able to learn through the experience and knowledge of their peers, government officials and representatives will also have a chance to learn from those directly involved in the industry.
“This will also be an opportunity for state agency personnel to see and hear first-hand how the industry is working together to address and minimize the threats and issues associated with manure,” says Hanson. “Hopefully, this will then be taken into consideration when they propose future regulations.”
A win-win situation for all.