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Who’s speaking at the Expo? Part 3

July 2, 2024  by Manure Manager

The North American Manure Expo is approaching quickly. Held July 17-18 in Auburn, NY, the Expo will feature networking, tours, demonstrations, trade shows, education sessions and so much more.

Returning this year, after a massively successful debut in Wisconsin, will be a safety and operations knowledge event in which experts share best practices on staying safe when working with manure. And, as always, there will be plenty of networking opportunities – on the tour buses, in the fields, at the exhibitor booths and at our evening BBQ social.

One Expo tradition that remains popular is the education sessions. On the second day, attendees can attend up to four sessions, for which they can gain valuable credits. Sessions include topics such as: manure emissions during processing; interaction of cover crops and manure; manure innovations of the Northeast and more.

Here are just some of the industry experts who will present at the Expo:

Gupreet Kaur

Session: Assessing the value of manure: Impacts on soil health and corn yield

Gurpreet Kaur is originally from India. Growing up in a village in Punjab, her family’s love for gardening and home-grown vegetables inspired her to pursue agriculture, eventually obtaining her Master’s in soil microbiology, exploring the role of microbes in agriculture. She came to U.S. in the fall of 2022, to pursue her Ph.D. in animal science at Cornell University. During her PhD, she will be working on soil nitrogen management and understanding soil health and yield drivers on dairy farms.

Juan Carlos Ramos-Tanchez

Session: Assessing the value of manure: Impacts on soil health and corn yield

Juan Carlos Ramos Tanchez is the on-farm research coordinator of the Nutrient Management Spear Program (NMSP). He collaborates in building on-farm research partnerships with farmers, private and public sector farm advisors, agricultural industry, and state agency partners to advance nutrient management for field crops in New York.

Kitty O’Neil

Session: Soil compaction: Causes, consequences and recommendations

Kitty O’Neil is a statewide Ag Climate Resiliency Specialist at Cornell Cooperative Extension and an original member of Cornell’s Climate Smart Farming Extension team. She works to equip farmers with evidence-based information they can implement to enhance resilience and sustain productivity in the face of climate change challenges. Her current research project examines the relationship between soil compaction severity and historical crop yield and variability on NYS corn fields.

Laura Klaiber

Session: Lessons learned from 10 years of edge-of-field drainage research in northern New York

Laura has worked at Miner Institute since graduating from SUNY Plattsburgh in 2008, including two stints of graduate research at the University of Vermont. Her main research focus is nutrient management on dairy farms; specifically investigating how different practices influence drainage pathways, nutrient transport, and soil health. She has also put in many hours on dairy cow nutrition/welfare studies and helped manage Miner’s CAFO permit, giving her a deep appreciation for the many challenges and long, hard hours our farmers put in.

Abby Augarten

Session: Lessons learned from 10 years of edge-of-field drainage research in northern New York

Abby Augarten is an Agronomy Specialist with the University of Vermont Extension, where she works in partnership with the farming community to implement conservation practices for greater economic and environmental resiliency. Her work spans agronomy outreach, technical assistance, and applied research, with a focus on improving water quality and soil health. Abby’s areas of interest include nutrient and manure management, innovative cropping systems, and soil management.

Tibor Horvath

Session: Rainfall simulation project: How different manure sources impact erosion, P runoff and N percolation

Tibor Horvath is a native of Hungary, where he received his Master’s in agricultural engineering in 1985 at Georgikon University. In 1991 Tibor moved to the U.S., working in the private sector, and in 2000 was hired by USDA – NRCS and since worked in seven different states. He currently works for the East National Technology Support Center as an agronomist on the National Manure and Nutrient Management Team, and is a Certified Crop Adviser.

Mark Burger

Session: Success stories from the New York Watershed Ag Programs

Mark Burger has been with the Onondaga County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) for 22 years and oversees a staff of 12 full-time and six part-time employees. Mark is the executive director of the SWCD and the program manager for the Skaneateles Lake Watershed Agricultural Program. He received his Bachelor’s and Master of Science from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse. Mark is a certified professional in erosion and sediment control and a NYS DEC cooperating consulting forester.

Dale Dewing

Session: Success stories from the New York Watershed Ag Programs

Dale leads the CCE efforts in the New York City Watershed Agricultural Program helping coordinate multiagency efforts to protect the unfiltered drinking water source for the 9 million water consumers in the New York City water system. Dale has over 35 years experience as a Field Crops educator, with a focus on production of quality forages.

Quirine Ketterings

Session: Using risk assessment tools to identify high-risk fields and implement BMPs to avoid N/P losses

Quirine Ketterings joined Cornell University in August, 2000 to provide leadership for the field crop nutrient management extension and applied research program of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). Quirine received her MS from Wageningen Agricultural University and her PhD from The Ohio State University. She established and leads the CALS Nutrient Management Spear Program (NMSP), the applied research, teaching and extension program for field crop fertility management that aims to improve grower and agricultural industry management of crop nutrient needs (using manure, compost, rotations, cover crops, fertilizer). The team focuses on assessment of dairy sustainability, precision agriculture, greenhouse gas emissions from cropland, and land application of organic nutrient sources including various manure types. Research findings are extended to stakeholders through extension articles, software tools, factsheets, oral presentations, and the NMSP website ( and twitter account (@CornellNMSP).


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