Pennsylvania requires all farm animal owners to have a written manure mangement plan in place. This includes ALL livestock owners, no matter how many farm animals you may have. Even if you own just one mini, you MUST have a plan. In case anyone should complain, you can show that you have one in place.
Upcoming Manure Management Workshops
Submitted by: Donna Foulk – Extension Educator, Equine Natural Resources
Sarah Crooke – Equine Program Assistant
Recently revised regulations require all animal operations, regardless of size, to have a farm plan detailing proper manure management. Yes, even properties with one or two horses in their backyard are required to have a Manure Management Plan. Manure Management Plans can be prepared by the farm operator, and do not have to be written by a specialist, or approved by an agency.
Penn State Extension is offering workshops to help horse, dairy and other livestock owners with writing a Manure Management Plan for their farm. These workshops are limited in size so individual assistance can be provided. Three different sessions will be held in Northampton County this October. The first workshop, October 10th, from 6:30pm – 9:30pm, is designed to help horse owners. Workshops that focus on dairy and livestock operations will be held on October 17th from 9:30am – 12:30pm or October 24th from 6:30pm – 9:30pm. Livestock owners only need to attend one of these sessions. All three workshops will be held at the Northampton County Extension Office, Greystone Building. Fee is $20.
Additionally, a two day workshop will be held November 1st and 15th at the Lehigh County Ag Center from 9am – Noon. This workshop is designed to help managers of horse farms of all sizes complete their plan. Horse farm managers will need to attend both sessions. Fee is $20. To register or receive more information regarding the workshops, call Northampton Extension Office at 610-746-1970 or email Donna Foulk – firstname.lastname@example.org or Sarah Crooke – email@example.com.