Manure Expo brings farmers together

POSTED: Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 7:22am

UPDATED: Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 7:34am

Farmers and livestock producers from all over the country gathered in Nebraska this week to learn more about a smelly subject, but what they learned could have their yields smelling like success.

The Ninth National Manure Expo was held in Norfolk, Nebraska.

More than 50 vendors and speakers descended on the campus of Northeast Community College, bringing with them the latest equipment technology and innovations in the world of manure application.

When you hear about a nationwide expo devoted to manure, the idea might seem a little silly, but organizers say the machines on display are bringing big-time innovations and big-time profits, and that's no laughing matter.

"The bottom line is that this makes our operations in the state more profitable. If you manage this resource more efficiently it adds to our bottom line and makes our livestock industry stronger in the state," said Chris Henry with University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension.

The crowd who came to learn more about manure was estimated at more than 1,000 people.

Everyone from professional manure handlers to various dairy and livestock producers.

Organizers say all attendees got first-hand experience they wouldn't get anywhere else.

"We've got 40 acres here that we've been able to use to demonstrate equipment. This is very much a hands-on show," said Henry.

With so much to see and learn about manure, all agreed that this year's Manure Expo certainly didn't stink.

Next year's expo will be held at Penn State University.

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