The University of Nebraska animal manure management team has changed the format of live land application training events this year. In February and March, the team will host a series of three 90-minute Zoom sessions that will serve as the first portion of initial land application training.
Recertification training and the last segment of initial training will be held at a later date, hopefully in-person. Anyone is welcome to participate in the Zoom sessions, but participation at each session will be limited to keep the sessions interactive and informative.
The first session will focus on “Minding Your Manure Manners,” and will be at 1 p.m. Feb. 9 and repeated at 7 p.m. Feb. 15. Producers should sign up for the time slot that fits their schedule best. Discussion will be around manure contaminants and transport, setbacks, stockpiles and manure transfers.
The second session will focus on “Manure and Fertilizer: Complementary Roles,” and will be at 1 p.m. Feb. 16 and repeated at 7 p.m. Feb. 22. During this session, participants will learn how to account for nutrients in manure and how to know how much manure is being applied.
The third session will discuss the various “Benefits and Barriers to Manure Use.” It will be at 1 p.m. Feb. 23 and repeated at 7 p.m. March 1. This session will help participants value their manure and learn how to reap manure’s environmental benefits.
The fourth session has not been set because organizers hope to host it in-person at several locations across the state. This last session will be participant-led, focusing on “Applying Manure Management Concepts On-Farm.” The final sessions will have limited seating, so participants in the training should watch for more information in the coming months.
Because of participation limits in each session, registration is required. If registration numbers exceed expectations, more sessions may be added. To ensure producers can attend, they are encouraged to complete online registration at water.unl.edu/lat as soon as possible.
Cost of the sessions are $10 for each individual Zoom session; $75 for initial training that includes all sessions; and recertification at Session 4 for $50.
The workshops are sponsored by the Nebraska Extension animal manure management team, which is dedicated to helping livestock and crop producers better use manure resources for agronomic and environmental benefits.
For additional information on the workshops or other resources for managing manure nutrients, contact Leslie Johnson at 402-584-3818 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Johnson is a UNL animal manure management coordinator.