By its nature, a national conference on manure tends to generate more dung jokes than ecological perspective. But when Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences hosts the 2010 Manure Expo on July 15 at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs, Pa., humor will give way to insights on principles of environmental balance and nutrient utilization.
Because it's a national showcase of the best practices, products and services dealing with nutrient management, professional manure handling, animal agriculture and agricultural water quality, the expo offers a unique opportunity for the non-farming public, says expo coordinator Robert Meinen.
The expo's theme, "Balancing Production and Conservation," addresses how manure handlers must navigate federal, state and local regulations, public perceptions and scrutiny, and economic pressures, while trying to make the most of an important natural resource.
Source: Penn State University