Lagoon Closure Demonstration Nov. 1 near Concord
The Nebraska Extension Animal Manure Management Team is hosting a lagoon closure demonstration Nov. 1 at the Haskell Agricultural Laboratory near Concord. The event, to be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will offer a unique opportunity to learn about and see the step-by-step process for planning and conducting a lagoon closure.
In Nebraska nearly 400 earthen manure storage structures are in operation. In the last decade the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality received approximately four dozen requests to cease operation of permitted lagoons; many more requests are anticipated.
The day begins in the classroom where attendees will learn about Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality rules and recommendations, the history of the UNL HAL swine lagoon, and plans for the land where the current lagoon stands. During the afternoon, attendees will view what has been done so far and lessons learned, discuss equipment needs and options, observe sludge removal and application, and examine the soil profile beneath the lagoon.
Livestock producers with lagoons or earthen manure storage basins that need to be closed or might be closed in the future should plan to attend. Consultants or others that work with producers with earthen storage basins are encouraged as well. Those with an interest in learning more about closure of lagoons or manure storages are welcome.
“The workshops will give producers considering a closure the knowledge and resources necessary to do so while minimizing environmental risk,” said Leslie Johnson, UNL AMM coordinator.
Information & Registration
For those who preregister by Oct. 20, the event is free; there will be a $10 fee at the door for those who register late to cover lunch expenses.
The workshop is sponsored by the Nebraska Extension AMM Team which is dedicated to helping livestock and crop producers better use the state's manure resources for agronomic and environmental benefits.