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Extension offers land application training

Nine Nebraska Extension offices across the state, including those in Lexington and North Platte, will offer workshops in February providing livestock and crop farmers with information on how to turn manure nutrients into better crop yields while protecting the environment.

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

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, and farm personnel responsible for land application of manure are also encouraged to attend. Re-certification will be held during the first two hours of the day-long land application training.

“The workshops will help livestock producers put to use the nutrient management planning requirements of Nebraska’s Department of Environmental Quality regulations and increase the economic value of manure,” said Leslie Johnson, UNL AMM coordinator.

Participants who attend the day-long event will receive NDEQ Land Application Training Certification.

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 protecting herd health with biosecurity, 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 is required for all workshops. A $60 fee per operation (includes one representative) will be charged for the workshops, plus a $15 fee for each additional participant to cover local costs including lunch.

The re-certification portion of the workshop is $30 for each participant.

These workshops are sponsored by the Nebraska Extension Animal Manure Management 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, visit http://manure.unl.edu or contact Johnson at (402) 584-3818, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The North Platte workshop begins at 9 a.m. on Feb. 1 at the West Central Research and Extension Center, 402 W. State Farm Road. The Dawson County Extension Office, 1002 Plum Creek Parkway, will host the workshop beginning at 9 a.m. on Feb. 3.