KISMET, Kan. — The Kansas Soil Health Alliance and No-Till on the Plains are hosting a workshop on November 9th near Kismet, Kansas. The event will be directed towards ag producers focusing on how they can work with local dairies and CAFOs to properly utilize and manage effluent and manure as a nutrient source on crop and forage ground.
The morning will feature three speakers. Greg Bethard, CEO/CFO of High Plains Ponderosa Dairy will speak on the dairy industry in Kansas, its growth in Southwest Kansas, and highlight environmental and technological features of the new generation of dairies including methane digesters. Rock Ormiston will share how his farm is benefitting from its proximity to the HPP Dairy by managing application of dairy effluent as a fertilizer source. ServiTech Labs will round out the morning providing information on the appropriate use of effluent and manure to maintain good soil health and not overwhelm fields with nutrients.
The afternoon will include a bus tour of the High Plains Ponderosa Dairy, a stop at one of Rock Ormiston’s fields where dairy effluent has been applied through a center pivot, and a demonstration of the rainfall simulator by Dale Younker, NRCS Soil Health Specialist.
The day is free and open to the public. Participants can register at www.kssoilhealth.org or www.notill.org. RSVP is appreciated by November 1st. Questions can be directed to Jennifer Simmelink, firstname.lastname@example.org, 785-545-5628.
Click the link for a flyer: 2021-11 Flyer – R Ormiston
— Kansas Soil Health Alliance