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Webinar to Focus on Recent Manure Irrigation Report Findings
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 05/06/2016

The University of Wisconsin-Extension workgroup charged with the task of assessing manure irrigation practices in the state will now go into details about their research during a webinar presentation later this month. The group, which released its 80-page report in mid-April, will share information collected from scientists, public health specialists, farmers and others over a two year period on May 16.

People interested in taking part in the webinar can log-on starting at 12:00 p.m. The session will include a brief introduction, followed by responses to questions and comments. The presentation will also be available for playback for those who cannot watch it live.

The panel was commissioned at the request of state agencies that recognized manure irrigation would be a practice that's likely to grow over time. Their goal was to lay out the pros and cons of the newer method of handling animal waste.

As part of their efforts, the workgroup assessed concerns associated with manure irrigation, including droplet drift, odor, water quality, air quality and airborne pathogens. They also explored potential benefits related to the timing of manure applications, road safety and reduced road damage, and other farm management and economic benefits.

The report is available on the Wisconsin Manure Irrigation Workgroup website at http://fyi.uwex.edu/manureirrigation/.


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