Monday, August 11, 2014

2014 North American Manure Expo held in Springfield

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

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- “Valuing Manure and the Environment” was the theme of the 2014 North American Manure Expo, which came to the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield on July 8-9.

 The two-day event brought together over 70 vendors from throughout the United States and Canada, along with University Extension professionals from Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Those Extension professionals educated farmers and regulators from Washington to Florida, Vermont to Texas, and the countries of Canada, Germany, China, and Argentina.

The purpose of the expo, which had over 400 participants each day, was to show how to apply manure more efficiently as a fertilizer, while reducing negative effects on the environment.

On July 8, over 180 attendees boarded buses to tour Chapman Dairy near Pierce City, Mo., and see manure storage agitation equipment in action. That was followed by a walking tour of the Southwest Wastewater Treatment Plant in Springfield to see how city wastewater is cleaned up and biosolids returned to the land as valuable fertilizer using precision field mapping.

On July 9, the focus shifted to a wheat stubble field near the Springfield airport to watch side by side demonstrations of liquid and solid manure injectors and spreaders. It was then back to the fairgrounds to see state-of-the-art manure equipment displays and hear experts on manure management during an afternoon of educational seminars.

The event concluded with talks and demonstrations on manure gas safety and manure spill prevention and cleanup.

For more information, see, or contact Bob Schultheis at 417-859-2044 or by email at

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