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North American Manure Expo offered July 20

NORFOLK, Neb. – The 2011 North American Manure Expo – the only trade show and training event in the world that spreads manure to demonstrate the latest advances in manure management technologies – will be July 20 at Northeast Community College’s Agricultural Complex in Norfolk. It travels to a new venue each year, so this may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity because it will not return to Nebraska for some time.

“Fifty-three vendors from across North America will be at the expo to demonstrate the latest technology in manure management,” said Chris Henry, UNL Extension engineer. “History will be made at the show as feedlot manure will be applied below the surface of the soil for the first time using a manure subsurfacer developed for poultry litter from the USDA-ARS in Arkansas.”

Also planned are antique spreader demonstrations, which will give attendees perspective on how far the industry has progressed with technology.

The industry trade show with manure technology demonstrations and many educational events, previously has drawn 1,200-1,500 people from all across the U.S. and Canada.

Anyone with an interest in agriculture should plan to attend including livestock producers, manure handlers, consultants and the general public.

“Professionalism in Manure Management” is the theme of this year’s Expo. Educational topics will include: manure stockpiling, manure pit foaming and safety, winter application of manure on frozen soils and more.

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New this year are sprinkler irrigation systems for manure application. Ride-and-drive style demonstrations will be available for those that want to get behind the wheel. All demonstrations will be held (rain or shine) on 40 acres of land next to the complex.

A panel of crop consultants will discuss how to value and market manure. Attendees can attend a “Manure Pump School” or test their knowledge at a “Manure Scene Investigation.” The U.S. EPA will be at the expo to explain nutrient management plans.

Equipment demonstrations with manure are planned by vendors from across North America, attendees will be able to compare 15 solid spreaders, 13 liquid equipment (towed hose applicators, liquid tankers and sprinkler systems) and six GPS enabled equipment demonstrations.

The expo is open from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. There is no cost to attend. For more information about the North American Manure Expo visit http://manureexpo.org.