North American Manure Expo set for July 20
The 2011 North American Manure Expo--the only trade show and training event in the world that spreads manure to demonstrate the latest advances in manure management technologies --will be July 20 at Northeast Community College's Agricultural Complex in Norfolk.
The expo is hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and other land-grant colleges in partnership with Nebraska custom manure applicators and businesses and the Iowa Commercial Nutrient Applicators Association. It travels to a new venue each year, so this may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity because it will not return to Nebraska for some time.
"Fifty-three vendors from across North America will be at the expo to demonstrate the latest technology in manure management," said Chris Henry, UNL Extension engineer.
Also planned are antique spreader demonstrations, which will give attendees perspective on how far the industry has progressed with technology.
The industry trade show with manure technology demonstrations and many educational events, previously has drawn 1,200 to 1,500 people from all across the U. S. and Canada.
Anyone with an interest in agriculture should plan to attend including livestock producers, manure handlers, consultants and the general public.
The expo is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is no cost to attend. For more information about the North American Manure Expo visit http://manureexpo.org.
"Professionalism in Manure Management" is the theme of this year's Expo. Educational topics will include: manure stockpiling, manure pit foaming and safety, winter application of manure on frozen soils and more.
New this year are sprinkler irrigation systems for manure application. Ride-and-drive style demonstrations will be available for those that want to get behind the wheel. All demonstrations will be held (rain or shine) on 40 acres of land next to the complex.
A panel of crop consultants will discuss how to value and market manure. Attendees can attend a "Manure Pump School" or test their knowledge at a "Manure Scene Investigation." The U.S. EPA will be at the expo to explain nutrient management plans.
These are just a few of the educational programs--23 different sessions in total, repeated twice during the day--that will be offered at the expo, and many of the sessions will be approved for continuing education units for certified crop advisors and others.
Equipment demonstrations with manure are planned by vendors from across North America, attendees will be able to compare 15 solid spreaders, 13 liquid equipment (towed hose applicators, liquid tankers and sprinkler systems) and six GPS enabled equipment demonstrations. Attendees also will be able to compare sprinkler and solid spread patterns and injector disturbance between different kids of equipment.
This event will meet recertification (not initial) training requirements from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, for livestock operations that have a Waste Control Facility Permit. Attendees need only attend two hours of sessions to obtain their certificate.