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Fertile Ground for Education

Fertile Ground for Education

Emptying a bag of fertilizer onto the ground is not going to get the job done.

“Education on proper application of fertilizer to farmland can improve crop or forage yield, reduce environmental impact and reduce producer costs by properly managing nutrient inputs,” said Josh Payne, OSU Cooperative Extension area animal waste management specialist.

That education is provided through the Poultry Waste Management Education Program.

“We offer initial nine-hour training courses covering poultry waste management for all new poultry producers and poultry waste applicators,” he said. “Both poultry producers and poultry waste applicators are required by law to receive this education.”

Producers and applicators must then earn three hours of continuing education each year, helping to ensure they are up-to-date on the most current information.

“These educational opportunities provide vital information to producers on topics such as soil and litter testing, soil fertility recommendations, proper land application rates, current regulations and basic nutrient management,” Payne said.

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