Manure Demo Day and commercial recertification set for Aug. 2

The Rock County Soil and Water Conservation District will be part of a first-ever Manure Demo Day Tuesday, Aug. 10, at the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris.

The day will be broken into two sessions, a morning recertification and an afternoon free session for the public with demonstrations.


Afternoon session for demonstrations

The afternoon field session is free and open to the public, beginning at noon. Registration is not required for the afternoon session, but attendees must check in upon arrival.

In-field demonstrations will begin at 1:15 p.m. Exhibitors and vendors will be on site to answer questions and provide product information.

Current exhibitors include Artex Manufacturing, Balzer Inc., Bazooka Farmstar and Soil Warrior.

Vendors and exhibitors interested in joining should contact Brenda Postels, UMN Extension, at 320-203-6063 or

The field day is organized by the University of Minnesota Extension, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Custom Applicators Association, Rock County SWCD and Stearns County SWCD.

Rock County SWCD/Land Management can be reached at 507-283-8862 or


Pre-register by Aug. 3 for morning training

The morning session will consist of recertification training for commercial animal waste technicians (CAWTs) and includes lunch.

In order to cover costs associated with the training, the fee for the morning session is $10.

Space is limited to the first 100 people for the CAWT session. Preregister by Aug. 3, by visiting

This is the only in-person CAWT recertification workshop of 2021.

The CAWT session will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. and will include a program update, MPCA CAFO permit update, information on manure application timing, calibrating manure spreading equipment, tips for minimizing soil compaction and a safety walk-through.

Similar to past CAWT recertification training, attendance will be monitored by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, so participants should bring CAWT licenses.


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