CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Finally, a super spreader event worth attending! Do not miss the 2022 North American Manure Expo (NAME). Everyone that utilized manure and fertilizer nutrients can benefit from attending. The event will provide tours, field demonstrations, education sessions, and a trade show that highlights manure and nutrient management technologies. This exciting event is being held on Wednesday, July 13th and Thursday, July 14th off of Ingram Drive in Chambersburg, PA. The NAME show guide can be viewed online.
NAME provides an opportunity to hear from experts from across the nation. Speakers will come from 10 states other than Pennsylvania and address a wide range of topics. CCA, nutrient management plan writer, and manure hauler/broker credit opportunities for are a blend of tours, field demonstrations, and in-tent educational sessions. A credit session summary can be viewed online.
The tours and live demonstrations of new equipment are a big part of this show, and in effort to mitigate any poultry biosecurity risks, all manure and compost used will be dairy. There will be no poultry manure or poultry compost on-site. The layer farm tour is at the new Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch, where timing is nearly perfect since the farm construction is nearly complete, but bird inventory will not arrive until September.
The high cost of commercial fertilizer makes this the perfect time to come out and see the latest and greatest advances in manure technology, from variable rate applications to composting to liquid agitation. If you are a plan writer or manure hauler, do not miss seeing all the technology that could help you assist you in helping your clients get the most nutrients out of their manure. If you are a livestock producer and apply your own manure, attend the show to see how this technology and equipment could make your operation more efficient in its manure utilization.
The event kicks off at 8:00 a.m. July 13th with in-person tours away from the Expo grounds. Farm tours (leaving every half hour) will visit a robotic dairy and a brand-new poultry layer operation that is still under construction. Another tour will visit area streams, focusing on how streamside and in-stream Best Management Practices can reduce runoff and improve stream health. Both tours leave from the main grounds of the Expo site off of Ingram Drive. The show grounds will then open at 11:30 a.m. with the return of the first tours to the Expo grounds. The grounds will remain open while manure agitation demonstrations run from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at a nearby farm.
Tours: Choose from one of two tour options on July 13 – 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Both tours have limited bus space and require registration at manureexpo.org. Act 49 Certified hauler/brokers and Act 38 Nutrient-Management plan writers can receive 3.5 CEU’s from attending one of the tours. Tours have differing departure times; selection can be made at registration. Cost is $22.85 and includes bus transportation and a lunch voucher to be used at any of the food vendors.
- Robotic Dairy and New Poultry Layer Tour: This tour will take participants to a dairy that robotic systems that feed, milk, and collect manure will be demonstrated. The second stop will be the new Blue Springs layer facility of Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch. The 2.3-million-layer facility is under construction and will not populate with birds until August, so recent disease concerns within the poultry industry will not affect tour scheduling. This is a unique opportunity for people to see innovative manure handling technologies, including belt drying and centralized manure collection.
- Stream Tour: Led by Penn State water Extension specialists, tour attendees will explore impacts of excess nutrients on a local stream as well as providing hands-on opportunities for attendees to assess stream health and the benefits of buffers and stream restoration practices. One stop will be at a stream located in an agricultural area and another will be at the stream’s forested headwaters.
After the tours the NAME trade show with over 60 exhibitors will be open. Other July 13 highlights include a dairy manure pit agitation demonstrations taking place between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. A bus will take participants to the agitation pit, where they will watch different brands of manure agitators and pumps at work. July 13 closes out with a choice between attending Puck Pump School or Dairy Power Smart Manure Aeration Systems sessions.
On July 14th, the grounds open at 7:30 a.m. A variety of educational sessions begin at 8:00 a.m. Live manure application demonstrations will be held throughout the day and a live spill response demonstration occurs at 3:30 p.m. The show ends at 5:00 p.m. with the closing of the show grounds.
The trade show is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Vendors will show the latest in products and technology, providing an excellent opportunity to interact, ask questions and learn about a variety of manure handling techniques.
Simultaneous education sessions that provide a wide array of topics from national experts.
Tent 1 Sessions:
8:00 a.m.: Manure Injection of Digestate – Sailesh Sigdel, Penn State University
8:30 a.m.: Injecting Manure into Cover Crops – Melissa Wilson, University of Minnesota
9:00 a.m.: Injection & Drag Hose Corn Side-dressing – Glen Arnold, Ohio State University
Tent 2 Sessions:
8:00 a.m.: Can we generate better as-applied maps to document manure applications? – Richard Meinert, University of Connecticut
8:30 a.m.: Economic considerations for the development of a decision support tool for manure management systems – Varma Vempalli, University of Arkansas
9:00 a.m.: Manure Management at Herbruck’s New Blue Springs Layer Farm in Mercersburg, PA – Herbruck’s representatives
Tent 3 Sessions:
8:00 a.m.: Precision Agriculture and Variable Rate Manure Application at Lesher’s Poultry Farm – Leslie Bowman, Lesher Poultry Farm, Inc.
8:30 a.m.: Weed Seeds in Manure – Chryseis Modderman, University of Minnesota & Stephanie Kulesza, North Carolina State University
9:00 a.m.: How we run our manure service in Indiana – Rob Buiter, Fastrack Fertilizer
Tent 4 Sessions:
8:00 a.m.: Investing in Soil Health and Manure – Nick Hepfl, Penn State University
8:30 a.m.: Calculating the Economic & Environmental Benefits of Low Disturbance Manure Injection (LDI) – Eric Rosembaum, Pennsylvania 4R Alliance
9:00 a.m.: Variable Rate Manure Applications – Are You Ready for It? – Eric Rosembaum, Pennsylvania 4R Alliance
Tent 1 afternoon sessions:
12:30 to 1:00 p.m. – Pennsylvania’s Commercial Hauler and Broker Regulations and Record Keeping, Mike Aucoin, Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission
1:00 to 1:30 p.m. Food Processing Residual (FPR) Application in Pennsylvania, Kevin Beer, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
Manure spreader demonstrations
are a highlight on July 14, including:
10:30 a.m. to 12 noon: On-site solid manure demonstrations
2 – 3:30 p.m.: Liquid Manure Demonstrations
3:30 – p.m.: Spill response demonstration
Manufacturers will show off their latest technologies and attendees can ‘kick the tires.’
Pre-registration and a registration fee are required for the morning tours on July 13th, but the agitation demonstration tour and all other events are free-of-charge. If you are interested in learning more about the NAME and registering for a tour, please visit the website at www.ManureExpo.ca or call the Franklin County Conservation District at 717-264-5499.
There will be food vendors on-site, so stop by the show, check it out and grab some lunch or an early dinner. Another vendor will be selling ‘Rejected Manure Expo Slogan’ T-shirts. Hope to see you there. Be part of the mooovement!
Feel free to contact us:
Co-chair Robb Meinen, email@example.com, 814-865-5986
Co-chair Jennifer Bratthauar, firstname.lastname@example.org, 717-264-5499
via North American Manure Expo