Registration open for 2015 Midwest Manure Summit

To keep abreast of the latest technologies and techniques in animal waste management, University of Wisconsin-Extension invites you to the Midwest Manure Summit, Feb. 24-25, at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center, Green Bay, Wis.

During this two-day event, industry leaders will discuss manure separation and treatment technologies, including:  water recycling systems, liquid-solid separation systems, anaerobic digesters, odor management, manure irrigation, and more.

Topics and speakers include:

 • Planning a Solid-Liquid Separation System to Meet Manure Treatment and Management Goals, Dr. John Chastain, Associate Professor, Agricultural Waste Management, Clemson University

• Manure Odor Management, Dr. Kevin Janni, Professor, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, University of Minnesota

 • The Rations We Feed Dairy Cattle Impact Manure Chemistry and Nutrient Dynamics in Soil, Water and Air, Dr. Mark Powell, Soil Scientist, USDA-ARS, US Dairy Forage Research Center

• Compact, Containerized Anaerobic Digester: On-Farm Energy Creation for Small-Medium Dairies, Doug Renk, Biological Commissioning Engineer, BIOFerm USA

 • Nutrient Recovery Technologies from Animal Manure, Dr. Ariel Szogi, Soil Scientist, USDA-ARS, Coastal Plains Soil, Water, and Plant Research Center

Farm tours of two local dairies, one utilizing a methane digester for manure treatment and energy production round out the second day the Summit.

Early-bird registration for the 2015 Midwest Manure Summit is $195 for the two-day conference, which includes printed proceedings, lunches, transportation to and from the featured farms, and refreshments.  One day registration and late registration (after Feb. 16) is available.  A complete agenda, speaker list, and registration details can be found in the brochure or on the Summit website at

Questions regarding the Midwest Manure Summit can be directed to its co-chairmen:  Liz Binversie, Brown County UW-Extension Agriculture Educator, at or 920-391-4612 or Eric Ronk, Calumet County UW-Extension Agriculture Agent at or 920-849-1450 Ext: 2.


Minnesota Dairy Day at the Capitol is Feb. 4 

The Minnesota Milk Producers Association’s Dairy Day at the Capitol is Wednesday, Feb. 4. Dairy Day at the Capitol is a fun, interactive day designed to help dairy farmers share their stories with legislators in a small informal setting. Activities include small group gatherings with legislators, meeting with government officials, committee hearings and a meet-and-greet reception. Watch for additional details and register at 

Minnesota Crop Nutrient Management Conference set

Farmers and agriculture professionals can hear about the latest nutrient management research regarding fertilizer use efficiency at the sixth annual Minnesota Crop Nutrient Management Conference,  Monday, Feb. 9, at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato, Minn.

The conference will examine current nutrient management issues in a rapidly changing production environment. The program will focus on nitrogen and phosphorus management from commercial fertilizers and animal manures. Speakers will provide an in-depth approach to various management practices for these important nutrients. Sessions will also address fertilizer industry trends, micronutrients, and the effects of cover crops and changing weather on fertilizer management. CCA credits will be available. 
There is no fee for attending the conference. However, pre-registration is requested for event planning purposes. To register, visit the conference website and follow the links online at 
You may also register via e-mail at or by calling the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Ryan Lemickson at 612-209-9181. When registering, please include your name, organization, address, phone number, and email address.


Minnesota Water Quality Initiative receives USDA funding

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton announced USDA will provide $9 million to establish the Minnesota Agriculture Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) as a national demonstration project. The MAWQCP is a first-in-the-nation state-federal partnership working to enhance the quality of water in Minnesota’s lakes, rivers and streams by accelerating farmers’ voluntary adoption of on-farm conservation practices.

Minnesota’s Agriculture Water Quality Certification Program is designed to accelerate progress toward water quality goals in our state’s lakes, rivers, and streams, while making conservation regulations more predictable and less cost-prohibitive for Minnesota farmers. Farmers enrolled in the program who implement and maintain approved farm management practices are certified by the state, and in turn are assured that their operations meet the state’s water quality goals and standards for a period of 10 years.

The Minnesota Agriculture Water Quality Certification Program has been piloted in four Minnesota watersheds: Whitewater River, Middle Sauk River, Elm Creek, and Whiskey Creek watersheds. Just six months into piloting certifications, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture has reported strong interest from Minnesota farmers who want to enroll in the program – the pilot project has already certified 28 agricultural operations representing over 10,000 acres of farmland – and interest among farmers continues to grow.


Iowa manure applicator certification detailed

Iowa law requires all commercial manure applicators and confinement site manure applicators (specifically those with over 500 animal units in confinement) to attend annual training to handle, transport or land-apply manure.

Applicators who work with mostly dry or solid manure may want to schedule training at one of seven February workshops. These workshops are focused on application of poultry, cattle or hog manure in a dry or solid form. They are open to both confinement and commercial applicators. (For dates and locations, click here, then scroll to the bottom of the PDF.)

After the training, applicators need to submit applications and fees to the DNR prior to March 1 to avoid a late fee.

For more information, visit the IMMAG website.


CSIF Farming for the Future Conference set

The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) Farming for the Future Conference will be held Jan. 23, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at the Quality Inn and Suites, Ames, Iowa.

Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus at Virginia Tech, make a return appearance at the conference to address the financial feasibility of livestock production.

There’s no cost to attend. Reserve your seat at The deadline for pre-registration is Jan. 19.


Minnesota Forages for ‘U’ workshops planned

University of Minnesota Extension will host three “Forages for ‘U’” workshops in areas with significant forage production and grazing acres. The workshops will deliver high-quality research-based educational programming to forage producers, grazers, crop consultants, industry representatives and the general public on the importance of forage production systems both from economic and environmental perspectives.

Dates and locations include:

• Hutchinson –  Feb.10, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., McLeod County Fairgrounds, 840 Century Ave. S.W. Map

         Program cost: $30 at the door, includes lunch

         Contact: Nathan Winter ( or 320-484-4303)


• Fergus Falls – Feb. 10, 5 – 9 p.m. (4:30 registration), Otter Tail Government Service Center, 500 Fir Ave W. Map

         Program cost: $30 at the door, includes dinner

         Contact: Doug Holen ( or 320-589-1711)


• Rushford –  Feb. 20, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (9:30 registration), The Creamery, 407 S. Mill St. Map

         Program cost: $30 at the door, includes lunch

         Contact: Jake Overgaard ( or 507-457-6440)

         For topics and agendas at each location, visit



Wisconsin’s Haag wins Holstein Association USA Collinsworth Award

Holstein Association USA Inc. presented the Overall Judi Collinsworth Outstanding Junior Exhibitor Award to Karsen Haag, Mt. Horeb, Wis.

Haag is a 21-year-old senior at Southwest Technical College in Fennimore, Wis., where she completed a dairy herd management degree.  Next year she will transfer to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville to earn a double major in dairy science and agribusiness. She also works part-time at Virhada Holsteins in Mt. Horeb.

Haag’s long-term goal is to expand her herd and improve its genetics, while working toward management and ownership of the farm owned by her parents, Virgil and Dawn Haag.

“I couldn’t imagine my life without cows in it,” she wrote in her application. “”I have great childhood memories of being in the barn, working beside my brother with our show animals and tagging along after dad. From when I was little, showing Holsteins has been a growing, learning, and important experience for me.”

Haag has participated widely in her state and county Holstein organizations. She started showing dairy cattle at age four, and has been a frequent exhibitor and volunteer at World Dairy Expo and North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE). As a high school student, she was involved in many activities, including FFA, Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin, and her church.

The Collinsworth Award is presented in honor of the Holstein Association’s former executive director of member and industry services, Judi Collinsworth. The award recognizes youths’ work and involvement with Holstein cattle and dairy activities. Recipients are chosen based on their sportsmanship, herdsmanship, and participation in Holstein and other agricultural activities. They must also write an essay describing what they have learned while exhibiting Registered Holstein cattle.

One Judi Collinsworth Award recipient is selected at each of the four National Junior Holstein Shows. Haag won the award at NAILE. Other winners from 2014 National Junior Holstein Shows are Miranda Iager, Maryland, Premier Junior Holstein Show; Laura Lesher, Pennsylvania, International Junior Holstein Show; and Liza Van der Laan, Oklahoma, Southern Spring National Junior Holstein Show.

For more information on Holstein youth programs, contact Kelli Dunklee at 800.952.5200, ext. 4124 or


DHM Midwest Calendar

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• 2015 Midwest Forage Symposium, Jan. 19-21, Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

Northeast Iowa Dairy Days, Jan. 19 (Waverly); Jan. 20 (Calmar); Jan. 21 (Riceville); Feb. 2 (Bloomfield); Feb. 3 (Kalona); Feb. 4 (Holy Cross); and Feb. 5 (Ryan), Iowa.

Regional Illinois Dairy Summit Seminar, Jan. 20, Freeport, Ill.

UW-Extension Dairy Team Cow College Tours, Jan. 20, Northeast Wisconsin

• Accelerated Genetics Cooperative Initiative, Jan. 20-21, Warrens, Wis.

• Wisconsin Agricultural Outlook Forum, Jan. 21, Madison, WI

UW-Extension Dairy Team Bilingual Dairy Employee Management workshops, Jan. 21 & 27, Wausau, WI

Midwest Energy Research Consortium meeting, Jan. 22, Milwaukee, Wis.

Regional Illinois Dairy Summit Seminar,  Jan. 22, Centralia, Ill.

• Regional Illinois Dairy Summit Seminar, Jan. 23, Bloomington, Ill.

CSIF Farming for the Future Conference: Risk and Reward for Livestock Producers, Jan. 23, Ames, Iowa.

CRI/AgSource DHI/Genex annual meetings, Jan 27-28, Minneapolis, Minn.



National Mastitis Council 54th annual meeting, Feb. 1-3 – Memphis, Tenn.

North Dakota State University Dairy Cow College, Feb. 2 (Linton), Feb. 3 (Dickinson), Feb. 4 (New Salem) & Feb. 5 (Valley City), N.D.

UW-Extension Dairy Team Annual Regional CAFO Meetings, Feb. 2 (Jefferson), Feb. 3 (Green Bay), Feb. 4 (New London), Feb. 6 (Dodgeville), Feb. 10 (Fond du Lac), Feb. 11 (Marshfield), Feb 12 (Rice Lake)

Minnesota Tour de Forage meetings, Feb. 3 (Floodwood), Feb. 4 (St. Joseph) and Feb. 5 (Rochester), Minn.

Agri-Nutrition Consulting, AMTS, Feed Components and Rock River Laboratory Go Beyond Workshop, Feb. 4, Fort Atkinson, Wis.

UW-Extension Dairy Team Bilingual Dairy Employee Management workshops, Feb. 4 & 11, Fond du Lac, WI

Wisconsin State 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl & Management Contests, Feb. 7, Portage, Wis.

• Accelerated Genetics Winter Get-Away, Feb. 7-8, Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

6th annual Minnesota Crop Nutrient Management Conference, Feb. 9, Mankato, Minn.

Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin Dairy Financial Workshop, Feb. 10, Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

• University of Minnesota Extension Forages for "U" workshops, Feb. 10 (Hutchinson & Fergus Falls); and Feb. 20 (Rushford) Minn.

UW-Extension Dairy Team Bilingual Dairy Employee Management workshops, Feb. 10 & 17, Green Bay, WI

PDPW World Class Webinar: Migrant & Seasonal Worker Ag Worker Protection Act, Feb. 11.

Midwest Regional Dairy Challenge, Feb. 11-13 – Sioux Center, Iowa.

• FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative annual meeting, Feb. 13-14, Onalaska, Wis.

Northwest Iowa Dairy Days, Feb. 24 (Rock Rapids) and Feb. 25 (Orange City), Iowa.



Iowa Dairy Center artificial insemination class, March 10-12, Calmar, Iowa.

Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin (PDPW) Cornerstone Dairy Academy, March 17, Madison, Wis.

Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin (PDPW) Annual Business Conference, March 18-19, Madison, Wis.

• Accelerated Genetics Leadership Conference, March 20-22, Warrens, Wis.

Central Plains Dairy Expo, March 24-26, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Dairy Calf and Heifer Association annual conference, March 31-April 1, Middleton, Wis.



UW-Extension Dairy Team Wisconsin Dairy Well-Being Conference, April 30, Kimberly, WI



ADSA 29th Discover Conference: Amino Acid Requirements of Dairy Cattle, May 26-29, Itasca. Ill.



• 4-State Dairy Nutrition & Management Conference, June 10, Dubuque, Iowa

Precision Dairy Farming Conference, June 24-25, Rochester, Minn.