The University of Missouri Extension Commercial Agriculture (CA) program is offering a new three-day seminar for swine producers and design engineers entitled, “Professional Engineering Short Course – Design and Construction of Livestock Manure Systems to Meet Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) Regulations.” The short course runs Nov. 14-16 at the University of Missouri Bradford Research and Extension Center near Columbia.

The seminar will help producers understand new regulations in design and mechanics of manure storage structures. Joe Zulovich, CA swine focus team leader, has incorporated the new confined animal feeding operation (CAFO) regulations from the MDNR that became effective April 30, 2012.

The short course also targets design engineers who will be designing and overseeing construction of livestock manure systems in the state.

The Nov. 14 program opens with a presentation on the evolution of manure management in Missouri by John Hoehne, University of Missouri agricultural engineer, and an overview of animal manure systems by Zulovich.

The Nov. 15 agenda includes sessions covering familiarity with rules and regulations, site selection concerns and initial feasibility analysis of new or expanding operations.

On Nov. 16, the mechanics of sizing manure storage structures will be covered in the morning session. The afternoon session will focus on operational feasibility of proposed designs, designing manure storage structures and completing the required application.

The course begins at 9:25 a.m. on Nov. 14 and adjourns at 3:05 p.m. on Nov. 16. To pre-register or obtain additional information, contact Sandy Zaring atzaringsj@missouri.eduor (573) 882-2731. The $295 fee includes lunches, break refreshments and course materials. The fee must be paid by check.

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