Iowa State University Extension and the Iowa Manure Management Action Group (IMMAG), in collaboration with the Iowa USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, have scheduled a Sept. 25 workshop to train livestock producers and nutrient management plan service providers. The workshop will be held at the Marshall County Extension Office in Marshalltown, IA, running from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Participants will learn how to determine critical field areas and erosion rates. Tips will be offered about calculating phosphorus (P Index) vulnerability ratings, how to incorporate these numbers into manure management planning requirements and how to meet soil sampling requirements for manure management plans. Information will also be provided about where to find the necessary software and how to install it.

The cost of the workshop is $150 on or prior to Sept. 19, and $165 after that date. The workshop fee includes handout materials, refreshments and lunch. Because software will be provided, participants are required to bring a MS Windows compatible laptop equipped with a CD-ROM drive and Microsoft Excel Software. Participants must have an administrator password to the computer they bring in order to install software. The workshop is limited to 30 participants.

Online registration, program information and directions are available on the ISU Extension website. Contact Kapil Arora at 515-382-6551 or Angie Rieck-Hinz at 515-294-9590.