2015 Tour: What’s New with Poo

Date: August 18, 2015
Time: 8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Providence Agriculture 9650 Roosevelt Road Carson City, MI 48811
Contact: Jerry May at mayg@anr.msu.edu or phone 989-875-5233.

Pre-registration is required. $25 per person or $40 per farm/company for up to four people. 
Registration fee includes the tour, lunch and all materials. 
Registration is due Aug. 11, 2015.

8:15-8:45 a.m.: Registration and welcome

8:45 a.m. - Noon: Bus Tour of Farm 1 & Farm 2

Noon: Lunch and keynote speaker Amber Radatz

  • Amber Radatz is the co-director of Wisconsin Discovery Farms. Her work focuses on assisting farmers with issues related to manure management, water quality and nitrogen use efficiency. Learn more about Discovery Farms at www.uwdiscoveryfarms.org.

1:30-4:30 p.m.: Bus Tour of Farm 3 & Farm 4

4:30 p.m.: Final remarks

Registration and lunch will take place at Providence Agriculture, 9650 Roosevelt Road, Carson City, MI 48811

Vanderploeg Holsteins

Manure separation - separation improves manure nutrient management and reduces application costs. Cow management and health when bedding with manure solids will also be discussed.

Double Eagle Dairy
Manure treatment & handling - Innovative manure processing system improves manure nutrient utilization and reduces environmental risk.

Nobis Dairy
Harvestable buffers - Harvestable buffers protect water quality without taking land out of production. Demonstrated crops will include orchardgrass, timothy, ryegrass, and bromegrass.

Dutch Meadows Dairy 
Manure, cover crops & feed - A unique rotation of triticale and sudan grass as cover crops, which are harvested as feed and reduce runoff while increasing the opportunity for manure application.

Producers and experts will be on hand to discuss:

  • Manure solids separation
  • Reverse osmosis filtration
  • Winter manure application
  • Mortality management
  • Anaerobic digestion
  • Harvestable buffers
  • Cover crops for feed
  • Energy conservation

Michigan Agriculture Environmental Awareness Program (MAEAP) *phase 1 credit will be available.


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