Managing Manure Spills and AFO/CAFO Emergency Planning on July 9 Free Webcast

Animal Manure Management June 15, 2010|Print
Free webcasts are offered monthly from eXtension’s Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center.

Released June 15, 2010

A free webcast will use two case studies on liquid manure accident recovery to demonstrate the practical and legal issues of emergency action plans for animal feeding operations (AFOs) and concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). The free webcast from eXtension begins Friday, July 9 at 1:30 p.m. Central Time.

Emergency plans are required components of permit nutrient management plans as well as NRCS comprehensive nutrient management plans. A sound emergency plan is good business, protecting farm families, workers and the environment. The webcast presenters will cover the basics of forming a plan, identifying resources, reporting, manure transportation accidents, over application, considerations for dry manure and litter, in addition to preventive maintenance of manure handling structures.

The presenters include Kevin Erb from the University of Wisconsin-Extension, Melony Wilson from the University of Georgia, and Shawn Hawkins from the University of Tennessee Extension. Tommy Bass from Montana State University will moderate the webcast.

The webcast is part of eXtension’s Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center monthly webcast series. More information about the center, its webcasts and how to participate is available on the eXtension site.

Kevin Erb is the conservation professional development and training coordinator for University of Wisconsin-Extension. He has 18 years experience working with farmers and rural landowners on nutrient management and environmental issues. He is the lead advisor to the board of the Professional Nutrient Applicators Association of Wisconsin (PNAAW), and assists applicators and Extension educators on commercial applicator education in five states. Kevin initiated the nation's first manure spill response demonstration using actual manure, and more than 1,800 farmers and applicators from seven states have taken part in these live action demonstrations since 2002.

Melony Wilson is an animal waste specialist at the University of Georgia, working with county agents, livestock producers, and nutrient management plan writers on environmental regulations, and using proper nutrient management planning, implementation, and record keeping.

Shawn Hawkins is an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee in the biosystems engineering and soil science department. He has a split appointment between the University of Tennessee Extension, in which he serves as an animal waste management specialist, and with AgResearch where he conducts applied agricultural research relating to the environmental impact of livestock and poultry management.

Tommy Bass is a livestock environment associate specialist at Montana State University. His current responsibilities include providing education and technical assistance to producers and other stakeholders regarding manure and nutrient management, AFO/CAFO compliance, and matters of air and water quality related animal agriculture.

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Contacts: Jill Heemstra, University of Nebraska, (402) 748-3909,

Melony Wilson, (702) 542-2735,

Kevin Erb, (920) 391-4652,

Tommy Bass, (406) 994-5733,

Shawn Hawkins, (865) 974-7722,

Writer: Lynette Spicer,

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