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Who’s speaking at the Manure Expo? Part 1


May 27, 2024  by Manure Manager

The North American Manure Expo is approaching quickly. Held July 13-14 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:

David Orr

Session: Avoiding road damage
David P. Orr, PE, PhD. is the director for the Cornell University Local Roads Program, the New York State LTAP Center. With more than 30 years in the local highway community, David has a broad range of expertise and experience in highway administration, engineering and construction, including design, inspection, management, purchasing, budgeting and supervision. His time is split between extension, research and teaching with a focus on low volume roads and seasonal effects on pavements.

Robert Lerch and Paul Noyes

Session: Road safety
Troopers Robert Lerch and Paul Noyes represent the NY State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit from Troop E Canandaigua. The Troopers have received extensive trainings in Federal and State Laws pertaining to commercial, agricultural, and oversize vehicles operating on the roads within NYS. In addition to enforcement duties, the Troopers are the primary training officers for Troop E CVEU and lead the community and Industry outreach program in the 10 counties with Troop E’s boundary.

Whitney Hull

Session: Johne’s disease management: Findings and farmer perspectives
Whitney Hull grew up in Ohio and graduated from The Ohio State University in 2008 with a dual BS in animal science and biology. Since 2021, Whitney has been working a dairy outreach specialist with UVM Extension, where she works with dairy farmers across Vermont to improve herd management and economic viability. Whitney is currently working on her Master’s degree at UVM in Dr. Julie Smith’s lab, where she is studying new management techniques to reduce the presence of Johne’s disease on dairy farms and improve farm economic viability.

Richard Stup

Session: Lean Management: Engaging your team for safety and performance
Richard Stup is the director of Cornell’s agricultural workforce development program. He helps ag employers understand employment regulations, develop supervisors and managers, and develop an effective workforce. Richard has worked with farm and agribusiness employers to develop strategic plans, improve employee leadership and training, and improve overall operational efficiencies.

Victor Green

Session: Dairy Soil Water Regeneration Project: Measuring GHG emissions from dairy cropping systems
Victor Green holds a Master’s of sciencedegree inagronomy from ISU. Currently, he is the director of soil health and crop sustainability as part of DMI’s environmental research team. Prior to this, he worked in both the corporate and university sector in applied agronomy field research. He has been been a certified crop advisor and nutrient management planner for morethan 25 years, and has spent most of his career in the Delmarva region.

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Who’s speaking at the Manure Expo? Part 1


July 19, 2023  by Manure Manager

The North American Manure Expo is approaching quickly. Held Aug. 9-10 in Arlington, WI, the Expo will feature networking, tours, demonstrations, trade shows, education sessions and so much more.

New this year will be a safety and operations knowledge event in which experts share best practices on staying safe when working with manure. We will also hold an evening social on the first day so you can have even more time to meet with your fellow nutrient management professionals, exchange tales from in the field and shoot the “you-know-what.”

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:

Matt Ruark

Sessions: Interaction of cover crops and manure; What’s the relationship between manure and soil health?
Dr. Matt Ruark is a professor in the department of soil science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an extension specialist in UW-Madison’s division of extension. His nutrient cycling and agroecosystems laboratory works to improve knowledge of nitrogen, phosphorus, and carbon cycling in grain, dairy, and vegetable cropping systems. He also serves as faculty advisor to the UW-Discovery Farms program and the Wisconsin Agri-Business Association.

Nancy Bohl Bormann

Session: Testing manure: Variability and trends over time
Nancy is a PhD candidate in the soil, water, and climate department at the University of Minnesota. A native of New Richmond, WI, she graduated with her BS from Iowa State University in Agricultural Education and Environmental Science and a MS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Soil Science. She worked for The Maschhoffs for 14 years as a CCA in the swine nutrient management and environmental services area before returning to graduate school. She resides in north central Iowa on her family’s grain farm.

Melissa Wilson

Sessions: Applying fall manure to hybrid rye; Nitrification inhibitors and manure
Dr. Melissa Wilson is an associate professor and the manure nutrient management specialist at the University of Minnesota with appointments in both research and extension. Her research focuses on filling knowledge gaps about manure nutrient cycling as farming practices, weather, and technologies change. She is also currently evaluating techniques for opening up the window of opportunity for manure application.

Heather Darby

Session: Manure innovations of the Northeast
Heather Darby is an extension agronomist with the University of Vermont. For the last 20 years, she has worked in partnership with the farming community to develop conservation practices that make economic and environmental sense. Heather’s applied research and extension program investigates and highlights innovative crop, manure, and soil management techniques that support the needs and interests of farmers.

Kirsten Workman

Session: Manure innovations of the Northeast
Kirsten is passionate about the connection between agriculture and the environment. With more than 20 years of experience working with farmers in Washington state, Vermont and New York, she leads extension programming and applied research focused on nutrient management and environmental sustainability for Cornell’s Pro-Dairy program and is a member of the Cornell Nutrient Management Spear Program team. She enjoys working with all facets of the dairy industry to demonstrate and evaluate conservation cropping systems that benefit farms and the environment. As a Certified Crop Adviser, she aims to identify practical and effective strategies that can be adopted by northeast producers that both increase environmental sustainability and improve farm profitability and management. She believes in the importance of sharing sustainable farming practices with the public and enjoys helping farmers spread the word about what they are doing right for the land, the water, the air, and their communities. Collaboration is one of her core values and as such, she has and continues to serve on a diverse set of coalitions, workgroups, and committees to devise solutions for water quality, soil health, climate resiliency, policy and regulatory decisions, and public education.

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