North Dakota State University Extension, in conjunction with the University of Minnesota Extension, is hosting an online manure composting workshop.

The video content for the workshop will be posted online on Aug. 4, and a live follow-up online discussion webinar will be held on Aug. 11.

This workshop, sponsored by the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program, will focus on the basics of turning raw manure into compost. During the live discussion, compost producers who make up the producer panel and the other workshop presenters will be available to answer questions.

Registration is required to access the content. To register, go to https://tinyurl.com/ManureCompostingWorkshop any time before the workshop date.

Topics for this workshop include:

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  • Site selection
  • Temperature management
  • Moisture management
  • Turning the compost
  • Spreader calibration demonstration
  • Sampling demonstration
  • Understanding analysis reports
  • Economics
  • Compost producer operation visits
  • Compost producer question-and-answer session

“Crop and livestock producers, large or small, are encouraged to participate in this online workshop,” said Mary Keena, Extension livestock environmental management specialist at NDSU’s Carrington Research Extension Center. “This is an excellent opportunity for people who have questions about composting to take a self-paced course while still getting to interact with producers and presenters during a live discussion session.”

For more information, email mary.keena@ndsu.edu or cmodderm@umn.edu.