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Northwest Iowa Dairy Outlooks

A local discussion of current science and issues concerning dairying in northwest iowa

Did you know that each horse makes about 50 pounds of manure every day? “Now that I have your attention” says new Tarrant County Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent Fred M. Hall, “you can plan on attending this program and learn strategies to prevent that manure from polluting our local water.” The webinar is set for 6 p.m on Tuesday, June 14 at the Tarrant County Extension Office located at 200 Taylor St. in Fort Worth.

Nutrients in manure and urine can get into ground and surface waters, potentially making them undrinkable. Both nationally and internationally, water quality is becoming a very serious issue. The good news is that properly managing manure and pastures is neither difficult nor impossibly expensive.

This webinar will explain how to properly utilize best management practices (BMPs), allowing a farm to flourish and stay productive, and protecting our water. BMPs are practical, cost-effective and science-based techniques that may already be in use on your farm or boarding facility. You will learn how to keep the horse, the farm and the water at its best.

The presenter is Jamie Cohen. She has worked for Florida Extension, educating citizens on water quality, waste management and natural resources conservation issues for seven years. Jamie is involved with equine farm management best management practices, and provides evaluation services and education statewide. A horse professional for 16 years before becoming the farm outreach coordinator, Jamie has managed prominent show barns and has extensive experience with veterinary medicine and in the Thoroughbred industry.

There is no registration fee and the parking fee is waived for those who pre-registration before 5 p.m. on Monday, June 13. Registration can be done on-line at: http://agrilife.org/urbantarrantag/program-registration. The real benefit from these webinars is the discussion with other attendees after the webinar concludes. If there are less than five registrations, the program will be cancelled.

For more information contact the Tarrant County Extension Office at 817.884.1946.

 

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