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Workshop on manure is March 31

MANKATO -- A manure value workshop is March 31 at the Minnesota Pork Office, 151 Saint Andrews Court, Mankato. The workshop begins at 9:30 a.m. and concludes at 12:30 p.m. with lunch.

Registration by March 24 is required and seating is limited. There is no cost to attend.

The workshop is designed to help livestock and crop producers and manure management consultants' better estimate and maximize the value of manure as a fertilizer resource.

Workshop leader will be University of Minnesota Extension Educator Jose Hernandez, a water resource and nutrient management specialist. This interactive, hands-on workshop will give participants an opportunity to work with data from their own operations and will introduce additional data analysis tools.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop computers to utilize the "What is Manure Worth?" spreadsheet, which operates on Microsoft Excel. If a laptop is unavailable, participants will be provided paper worksheets.

The workshop will begin with an explanation of factors that determine manure value and a discussion on how to maximize manure value. This will be followed by a spreadsheet demonstration and hands-on use of the computer spreadsheet or paper worksheet to analyze situations relevant to participants' operations. Each participant will receive the spreadsheet and other manure management decision-making resources.

Register by contacting the Minnesota Pork Office at 800-537- 7675 or When registering by e-mail, include your name, address, daytime phone and cell phone numbers, and availability of a laptop with Excel.