Less than two months remain before this year’s edition of the North American Manure Expo (NAME), being held August 3 and 4 near London.
The annual event provides an opportunity for custom manure applicators and livestock producers to advance their knowledge of manure-nutrient utilization while showcasing the latest technology in manure handling, treatment and application.
“[Manure Expo] is the BEST event to learn about manure and connect with other manure enthusiasts,” said Mary Wicks, the 2016 expo co-chair and a research associate with The Ohio State University’s college of food, agricultural, and environmental sciences and college of engineering. She is also involved with Ohio Composting and Manure Management (OCAMM).
“Tours and demonstrations will provide ‘hands-on’ opportunities to learn about best practices and technology,” she said. “Presenters from the livestock industry, universities, and ag organizations will share information that will improve manure handling and application practices and help everyone understand their importance for crop production and protecting the environment. The trade show is like icing on the cake, with a chance to learn about the latest products and technologies and ask a real person those burning questions.”
Registration for the North American Manure Expo is free and available online at agannex.com/manure-manager/manure-expo.
The 2016 event is being held at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center, home of Ohio’s Farm Science Review. Two action-packed days have been planned.
On August 3, attendees can choose from one of three all-day tours — beef, dairy, or compost and nutrient management — followed by pit agitation and solid/liquid manure separation demonstrations (cost $20). The Manure Expo grounds open at 3 p.m. where attendees will be able to visit with various vendors and enjoy dinner. More than 90 manufacturers and service providers will be exhibiting their wares as part of the expo’s trade show. There will also be educational sessions involving a presentation from Livestock Water Recycling, Puck Pump School plus information on small farm manure management and cover crops. The grounds will be open until 8 p.m.
On August 4, the trade show opens at 7:30 a.m. and features a full day of educational sessions. Topics include:
- Water quality initiatives and regulations
- Reducing phosphorous runoff
- Liquid manure handling and application
- Solid manure handling and application
- Manure safety and transport
- Anaerobic digestion
- New technologies
- Biosecurity procedures
“I am very excited about the educational programs we are offering,” Wicks said. “We have a great team, which has made the work fun and productive. As a result, we have a wide array of offerings in the types of programs and information offered.”
Manure application demonstrations, including solid and liquid manure spreaders, compost turners, subsurface drainage plus spreader calibration, are also planned. The show will run until 6 p.m.
For more information on the 2016 North American Manure Expo, including a detailed agenda of tours and educational sessions plus directions to the Molly Caren Agricultural Center, please visit agannex.com/manure-manager/manure-expo.
“Manure is a valuable resource that can provide nutrients to crops and organic material to the soil,” Wicks said. “By using best management practices, livestock and crop producers and custom applicators can improve their bottom line, improve their soil quality, and reduce the risk of nutrient runoff to streams and lakes.”
The 2015 expo, held in Chambersburg, Penn., was a winner of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. The 2016 edition of the show promises to be just as exciting and educational.
The 2016 North American Manure Expo is being hosted by The Ohio State University and the Midwest Professional Nutrient Applicators Association. The event is owned by the Professional Nutrient Applicators Association of Wisconsin. Annex Business Media, publisher of Manure Manager magazine, serves as the show manager.