The 2011 North American Manure Expo will be held this year on July 20 in Norfolk, Nebraska at the Northeast Community College Agricultural Complex.
The expo is hosted by a different state in the Midwest each year. This year's host is the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and other land-grant universities in partnership with the Nebraska custom manure applicators and businesses and the Iowa Commercial Nutrient Applicators Association.
"Professionalism in Manure Management" is the theme of this year's event, says Angela-Rieck Hinz, an Iowa State University Extension program specialist who works with Iowa's manure management education effort. There are a number of educational topics as well as the latest in application equipment on display, and Iowans who are interested will find it very worthwhile to attend this year's expo.
Educational topics will include: manure stockpiling, manure pit foaming and safety, winter application of manure on frozen soils and more. 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. Many of the sessions will be approved for continuing education units for certified crop advisors and others.
Expo features equipment and products exhibited by 53 companies
Fifty-three vendors of equipment and other related products from across North America will demonstrate the latest technology in manure management.
Equipment demonstrations with manure are also planned by vendors so you can see and compare how the machinery performs. Expo attendees will be able to compare 15 solid spreaders, 13 liquid equipment machines (towed hose applicators, liquid tankers and sprinkler systems) and six GPS enabled equipment demos. Attendees also will be able to compare sprinkler and solid spread patterns and injector disturbance between different kinds of equipment.
"This will be a great opportunity for commercial manure applicators and livestock producers from Iowa to see the latest in manure application equipment and technology and to attend a wide variety of educational session all in one place," says Rieck-Hinz. 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.com/.