Friday, May 30, 2014

North American Manure Expo in Springfield July 8-9

Contact: Bob Schultheis, natural resource engineering specialist
Headquartered in Webster County
Tel: (417) 859-2044

MARSHFIELD, Mo. – When it comes to learning about nutrient and manure management, the 2014 North American Manure Expo held July 8-9 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, 3001 N. Grant in Springfield, is the place to go.

The theme of the 2014 two-day event is “Valuing Manure and the Environment.”

The free expo offers practical demonstrations, classroom teaching, and the opportunity to interact with industry representatives and regulators, according to Bob Schultheis, a natural resource engineering specialist with University of Missouri Extension in Webster County.

“The manure expo is not just for producers. It is for everyone who works with nutrient management,” said Schultheis.


July 8 is tour day and pre-registration is required for the free bus tour. The first stop will be a pasture-based dairy for concrete tank and lagoon agitation equipment demonstrations.

The second stop will be at the Southwest Wastewater Treatment Plant, where participants will see how wastewater is turned back into clean water and how biosolids, anaerobic digestion, nutrient management planning and field mapping work together to improve the soils and protect the environment.

The tour buses will return mid-afternoon to the fairgrounds for the opening of the trade show. The trade show will provide opportunities to see the latest technologies and innovations involving manure management and environmental protection from over 80 exhibitors.

Participants can also take part in one of the three informational sessions: pump school, recycling dairy bedding, and precision nutrient management.


On July 9, there will be solid and liquid application demonstrations, continuation of the equipment and trade show, plus educational sessions.

Speakers include several MU Extension specialists: agricultural engineer Joe Zulovich, economist Ray Massey, water quality specialist Bob Broz and nutrient management specialist John Lory.

The 2014 North American Manure Expo will conclude with demonstrations on manure gas and safety, and manure spill response and management.

The expo rotates among states each year and draws participants internationally. This is the first year Missouri is hosting the event.


Admission is free, but pre-registration for the event is required. To learn more and to register for the expo, visit online at

For 100 years, MU Extension has engaged Missourians in relevant programs based on University of Missouri research. The year 2014 marks the centennial of the Smith-Lever Act, which formalized the Cooperative Agricultural Extension Service, a national network whose purpose is to extend university-based knowledge beyond the campus.

University of Missouri Extension programs focus on the high-priority needs of Missourians. Each county extension center, with oversight by locally elected and appointed citizens, is your local link to practical education on almost anything.


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