Composting School: Class is in Session

The Rutgers University Department of Animal Science, Cooperative Extension, and Equine Science Center are offering a two-day "Composting School" to assist horse owners and livestock farmers with learning and understanding new rules regarding animal waste management. A full-day workshop will be held on Dec. 13 and a half-day morning workshop will be held on Dec.14 in Bordentown, N.J.

New rules require New Jersey livestock farmers to develop and implement Animal Waste Management Plans to illustrate the responsible management of manure on their operation. These plans should have been developed by Sept. 16 and must be implemented by March 16, 2011. The regulations also have provisions and requirements for manure storage and off-farm disposal.

The workshop will focus on the implementation of the the new regulations, and provide an educational overview of manure composting as it might be performed on small to mid-sized farms.

Registration for the workshop is $25 and continental breakfast is provided on both days. Lunch will be provided on Dec. 13 only. Visit the Equine Science Center website for the workshop agenda and to register online.

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