Land Application Training This Week and Next

Land Application Training This Week and Next

University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension Land Application Training workshops will provide livestock and crop farmers with information on how to turn manure nutrients into better crop yields while protecting the environment.

Who Needs Training to be Certified?

  • Livestock operations that have an NPDES or state operating permit arerequired to attend. Typically these are operations with more than 1,000 animal units.
     
  • Smaller livestock operations that do not have either of these permits are not required, but are encouraged to attend. The training is relevant to all who are involved with spreading manure.
     
  • Custom manure applicators are not required by state law to attend, but many choose to attend. The training can help them understand what the operations they are working with have to do to be in compliance.
     
  • Crop producers who do not have livestock but get manure for their fields from someone are not required, but are welcome to attend. Again, much of the information will be relevant to their work, such as how to estimate how much manure is needed to apply a specific amount of nutrients. Presentations also cover how to get the most out of that manure.

Re-certification will be during the first two hours of the day-long workshops. Dates, times, and locations include:

Jan. 30 — Holdrege, 9 a.m., 1308 2nd St (Phelps County Ag Center)

Jan. 30 — West Point, 9 a.m., 200 S Lincoln St (Courthouse)

Feb. 3 — O'Neill, 9 a.m., 128 No 6th Street, Suite 100 (Extension Office)

Feb. 4 — Concord, 9 a.m., 57905 866 Road (Haskell Ag Lab)

Feb. 5 — Schuyler, 9 a.m., 466 Road 10 (Extension Office)

Livestock producers with livestock waste control facility permits received or renewed since April 1998 must be certified. A farm must complete an approved training every five years. Farm personnel responsible for land application of manure are encouraged to attend.

The workshops will help livestock producers use the nutrient management planning requirements of Nebraska's Department of Environmental Quality regulations and increase the economic value of manure, said Leslie Johnson, coordinator of UNL's Animal Manure Management (AMM) program. Participants who attend the day-long event will receive NDEQ Land Application Training Certification.

This in-depth, one-day class targets newly permitted livestock operations. Operations that have already attended this initial training, but will need re-certification, may attend the morning portion of the training.

Attendance during the morning of one of the Land Application Training workshops will fulfill NDEQ requirements for re-certification of producers who have completed the initial land application training five or more years ago.

This portion of the workshops will consist of a two-hour program including updates on changing regulations and other manure management topics, such as managing liquid storages, pathogens found in manure and the manure value calculator spreadsheet that was released in 2012. Farm staff responsible for implementing the farm's nutrient plan are also encouraged to attend.

Pre-registration

Pre-registration is required for all workshops to provide for lunch and resource materials. A $50 fee per operation (includes one representative) will be charged for the workshop plus a $10 fee for each additional participant to cover lunch. The Land Application Training Re-certification portion is $10 for each participant. To register contact Johnson at 402-584-3418 or ljohnson13@unl.edu.

Resources

These workshops are sponsored by the UNL Extension AMM Team which is dedicated to helping livestock and crop producers better utilize our states manure resources for agronomic and environmental benefits.

For additional information on these workshops and other resources for managing manure nutrients, see the program flyer, visit http://manure.unl.edu, or contact Johnson at 402-584-3818 or by email at ljohnson13@unl.edu.

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