NA Manure Expo Coming Soon
Farmers can’t afford to miss the 2014 North American Manure Expo
By Marg Land
The Show Me state is preparing to show farmers the importance of valuing manure and the environment during the North American Manure Expo, being held July 8 and 9 in Springfield, Missouri.
The free, two-day event – which brings together highly intensive livestock producers in the dairy, beef, poultry, and hog industries; custom manure applicators; plus researchers, consultant and government agencies – is being based at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.
The first day, July 8, will feature stops at a pasture-based dairy and a wastewater treatment and biosolids operation in the southern Missouri area. While at the dairy, attendees will be treated to a manure storage agitation demonstration involving both a lagoon and concrete tank. At the wastewater treatment stop, participants will have an opportunity to learn more about anaerobic digestion, nutrient management plans and field mapping.
That afternoon at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, starting at 3 p.m., the North American Manure Expo tradeshow will open, providing attendees an opportunity to see the latest technology and innovations involving manure handling, management, treatments and services. More than 80 exhibitors are taking part in the indoor and outdoor event.
At 4 p.m., a tour day and exhibitor appreciation dinner is scheduled.
In the evening, starting at 5:30 p.m., visitors can take part in a Pump School
or attend information sessions on recycling dairy bedding or precision nutrient management.
The indoor and outdoor tradeshow continues on the second day, July 9, at the fairgrounds. Expo attendees will also have an opportunity to see the latest advances in solid and liquid manure application during in-field demonstrations, being held off-site from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Transportation will be provided to and from the location.
The afternoon features a continuation of the tradeshow plus an opportunity for expo attendees to take part in five different educational sessions being held inside at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds:
Managing manure as a fertilizer – soil sampling equipment, techniques and interpretation plus comparing manure nutrient availability calculations
Application equipment and operation – tire inflation and soil compaction plus managing limited spreading windows and equipment sizing
Manure value and optimization – Litter marketing and brokering plus feed-manure value optimization
Environmental protection – current NRCS nutrient management policies plus nutrient loss reduction strategies
New methods for liquid and solid manure applications – subsurface application of dry poultry manure plus manure application with irrigation equipment
Later in the afternoon, a presentation discussing manure gas and safety is being held plus a demonstration of manure spill response and safety.
Attendance of the North American Manure Expo is free but participants need to preregister by visiting ManureExpo.org.
This year’s tour, demonstrations, trade show and educational sessions are being organized through the combined efforts of volunteers from Missouri, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Arkansas, Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
The North American Manure Expo was first held in Wisconsin in 2001. This year will mark the 13th show. The expo has been hosted in Minnesota, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Iowa and Ontario, Canada.
The 2015 show is to be held in Pennsylvania.
For more information on the 2014 North American Manure Expo, please visit ManureExpo.org.