Among the myriad challenges livestock producers face on a day-to-day basis, there is at least one constant – the issue of manure management, including capturing its full value. To help livestock producers of all operation sizes address this challenge, Kansas State University and K-State´s Beef Cattle Institute will host a Livestock Manure Management Conference Nov. 18 in Garden City.

The event starts with registration at 10 a.m. in the K-State Research and Extension Southwest Area Office at 4500 E. Mary St. The program will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Presentations and presenters will include:

oFeed ingredients influence diet nutrient level - Justin Waggoner, K-State southwest area beef systems specialist;

oDiet impacts nutrient excretion and land needs - Joel DeRouchey, K-State Extension livestock specialist;

oDetermining the economic value of manure - Mandy Fox, Kansas Livestock Association Environmental Services, Inc.;

oComposting and changes in value - Joe Harner, K-State Extension specialist in biological and agricultural engineering;

oLegality of manure and crop nutrient removal - Terry Medley, Kansas Department of Health and Environment Livestock Waste Management chief; and

oAgronomics of manure and crop nutrient removal - Dorivar Ruiz-Diaz, K-State soil fertility and nutrient management specialist.

A live Webcast will be available for those who are not able to travel to Garden City. (Contact Chris Reinhardt for additional Webcast information at 785-532-1672 or cdr3@ksu.edu.)

The advance registration fee of $15 includes lunch and is due by Nov. 11. The fee to participate in the Webcast is $20 and to register at the door is $25.

More information about registration and the event itself is available on the Web at http://www.asi.ksu.edu/manure or by calling Justin Waggoner in the K-State Research and Extension Southwest Area office at 620-275-9164.