‘Manure & Water Quality’ Discussions Hosted by Marinette County Libraries

           Manure is well known as one of nature’s most perfect fertilizers and is an essential component of all livestock farms’ nutrient management planning.  However, there are potential drawbacks to utilizing manure in certain situations.  The Marinette County Consolidated Library System and Marinette County UW-Extension are offering a workshop series designed to help county residents better understand how manure and water quality interact.  

            Marinette County UW-Extension Agriculture Agent Scott Reuss will lead participants through a discussion that will relay many different aspects of manure management in the county.  How much manure is generated per year?  Where, and how, does this manure get utilized for crop production?  What are the laws regarding manure storage, manure spreading, and other aspects of manure management?  Have there been water quality issues related to manure in our area?  How can we prevent water contamination from manure?  How do septic systems and septage management play into this topic?

            Four branch libraries will be hosting this discussion, with the basic information being presented first and then oriented toward points of primary interest to those present at a given site. The four discussion are taking place:

Wednesday, April 11th @ 1 p.m.        Crivitz Library  606 Louisa Street

Monday, April 16th @ 4 p.m.        Wausaukee Library   703 Main Street
Please note that the April 16 program planned for the Wausaukee Library has been postponed.  For future date, contact UWEX office at 715-732-7510.

Monday, April 23rd @ 6 p.m.        Marinette Library   1700 Hall Avenue

Thursday, April 26th @ 6:30 p.m.   Coleman Library   123 W Main Street

            These events are free for anyone to attend, and attendees will receive a packet of information that will assist them if they are interested in doing more research on the issues that will be discussed.  An important part of the discussion is the questions that attendees bring with them, so be ready to discuss specifics! 

            In addition, the dairy farm families of Marinette County are encouraging people to attend these discussions and are providing cheese variety tasting at each event.  Marinette County Dairy Promotions, via WI Milk Marketing Board funds, is directly supporting this portion.

            Contact library staff at the host libraries if you have questions about the event which they are hosting.  You can also contact Reuss to discuss any agricultural or horticultural questions you may have, by calling the Marinette County UW-Extension office at 715-732-7510 or e-mail scott.reuss@ces.uwex.edu

            The University of Wisconsin-Extension provides affirmative action and equal opportunity in education, programming and employment.  If you need any accommodations to assist in your participation of this program, please contact one of the numbers above at least 24 hours prior to the event.  All requests will be kept confidential.