July 17-18, 2024 | Auburn, New York

July 17-18, 2024 | Auburn, New York

Discover new technologies and solutions in manure management and handling

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The North American Manure Expo will return to the Northeast in 2024. Join us July 17-18 in Auburn, NY. Experience the thrilling demonstrations and engaging exhibitors of the Expo in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Tour local facilities to witness the best in manure innovations of the Northeast. See spreaders, agitators, separators and other technology side-by-side – and witness the manure expertise that separates the Manure Expo from every other farm show!

Read more about our farm hosts” Demonstrations at the 2024 expo!

Expo Field Location

Auburn, New York, USA


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Field location provided by: Patterson Farms, Inc. | Jon & Julie Patterson

Accomodations

Hilton Garden Inn

74 State Street, Auburn, New York, 13021
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2024 Agenda

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Day 1

JULY 17

7:30AM
Tour check-in / registration opens
Join us the morning of July 17th for a unique tour before the expo grounds open. Choose from one of four tours and be sure to pre-register to save your seat! Spots are limited.

Early-bird rates end June 15. All tours include a two-day expo pass and a $10 lunch voucher that can be redeemed with an Expo food vendor.
Tour #1 – Patterson Farms Tour
Departs at 8:15AM, 9:15AM and 10:15AM from the expo site.

Host farm Patterson Farms is a seventh generation dairy and crop farm established in 1830 that currently milks 1800 cows and crops 2600 acres, with 1100 replacements raised at the farmstead. Because the Expo is taking place a short distance from the farmstead, the Patterson family is inviting you to hop aboard their 30-seat “cow bus” and come see the dairy with their guided tour. There will be three separate bus tours available, each around one hour in duration (including travel time), where you’ll see a newly constructed barn and the site of their recently decommissioned complete mix digester that they operated for 15 years, now repurposed as part of their manure management system that includes screw press solids separation used to supply some of the herd’s bedding needs. Tour guide Reilley, a member of the farm family and a Cayuga County Dairy Ambassador, will share her family’s dairy experience with attendees. Be sure to wish her a Happy Manure Expo Birthday!

  • Early bird rate: $30 USD (includes 2-day expo pass and $10 lunch voucher)
  • Regular rate: $35 USD (includes 2-day expo pass and $10 lunch voucher)
8:00AM – 11:15AM
Tour #2 – Sunnyside Farms | Water quality protection

Departs 8:00AM from the expo site and returns at 11:15AM

From the farmstead to the fields, this tour will cover multiple and integrated aspects of how Sunnyside Farms manages nutrients to maximize productivity and protect water quality. Nestled between Owasco and Cayuga Lakes, Sunnyside Farms (a 5,000-cow, seventh generation dairy) is an example of how progressive farmers use science to inform their best practices. We’ll spend some time at the farmstead (where you might catch a view of the rotary parlor) and see how nutrients are managed near the barns and then head out into the field to see how that management carries over to their 7,500 acres of cropland. This tour is well-suited for farmers, conservation professionals and legislators. You’ll hear directly from the farm partners and their technical service providers about how modern dairy farms can maintain high production and effective environmental conservation, both critical in the New York Finger Lakes region.

  • Early bird rate: $30 USD (includes 2-day expo pass and $10 lunch voucher)
  • Regular rate: $35 USD (includes 2-day expo pass and $10 lunch voucher)
8:00AM – 11:30AM
Tour #3 – Aurora Ridge Dairy and Lincoln Dairy | Energy from manure

Departs at 8:00AM from the expo site and returns at 11:30AM

Aurora Ridge Dairy in Aurora milks 2,500 cows and has operated a mixed plug-flow anaerobic digester since 2009 (recently refurbished) that fuels a 600-kW combined heat and power (CHP) system powering the dairy and exporting substantial electricity to the local utility grid. For several years, the farm has used screw press solids separation of the digestate to supply bedding for the dairy. In 2023, it commissioned an impermeable cover and flare system on its nine-million-gallon digestate liquid long-term storage to prevent precipitation volume and destroy any remaining methane from the digested manure. You will also travel to Lincoln Dairy in Auburn, which milks 6,000 cows and has commissioned a new anaerobic digestion-to-RNG system this year. The dairy operates a sand-manure separator to recycle sand bedding that precedes the two complete mix digester tanks (two million gallons each) and biogas methane recovery system with onsite utility pipeline injection of the RNG.

  • Early bird rate: $30 USD (includes 2-day expo pass and $10 lunch voucher)
  • Regular rate: $35 USD (includes 2-day expo pass and $10 lunch voucher)
8:00AM – 11:30AM
Tour #4 – DuMond Grain Farms and Spruce Haven Dairy | Soil health systems

Departs at 8:30AM from the expo site and returns at 11:00AM

Learn about the fantastic partnership between DuMond Grain Farms and Spruce Haven Dairy Farm in Cayuga County. Hear from both farmers about their soil health practices that include cover cropping, reduced tillage, precision nutrient management and producing high-quality grain feed for local dairy animals. DuMond and Spruce Haven have worked together researching and testing applying manure into a standing corn crop utilizing the manure as a later season nutrient source for standing corn. The tour will be held at DuMond Grain facility that originated as a soybean roasting business and has grown to include corn grinding, soybean meal and soy oil production. Spruce Haven Farm milks around 2,000 cows bedded on sand and has been a pioneer of novel practices to help manage their manure and capture value from the nutrients it contains.

  • Early bird rate: $30 USD (includes 2-day expo pass and $10 lunch voucher)
  • Regular rate: $35 USD (includes 2-day expo pass and $10 lunch voucher)
11:00AM
Expo grounds and tradeshow open
12:00PM – 12:45PM
Tent 1: Puck’s Pump School

During Puck’s Pump School, attendees will learn about operations and crew management, as well as performance systems for an efficient operation. Puck’s manure application experts cover a range of topics, cavitation, friction loss, pump curves, safety features, quality of life, and more. If you’re looking for a one-on-one Pump School course, Puck can tailor a session to your needs. Visit Puck’s booth to discuss further.

Tent 2: Improving soil nitrogen management with Soil Regeneration
1:00PM
Agitation Demonstrations
2:00PM
Separation Demonstrations
3:00PM
Safety School 


Dragline safety: Regional leaders sharing facts, example accidents and experiences

Confined space entry training demo: See the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety’s Confined space manure pit simulator

Truck inspection and road safety: Retired troopers share road safety insights with a mock-up truck inspection

Pressurized hose release demonstration

5:00PM
Expo grounds close
5:30PM – 7:30PM
BBQ Networking Event

Location: Expo Grounds Indoor Exhibitor Tent

Join us for an evening of camaraderie and BBQ catered by Mooney’s BBQ & Catering

Limited tickets available – stay tuned for more details on how to source your ticket!

BBQ sponsored by:

New York Farm Bureau, American Dairy Association NE, Franklin-Grand Isle Farmers Watershed Alliance, Northeast Dairy Producers Association, Champlain Valley Farmer Coalition and University of Vermont Extension

 

Day 2

JULY 18

7:30AM
Expo grounds open
8:00AM – 10:00AM
Educational sessions

Tent 1 – Safety

David Orr

Working together, the local highway and farming communities can protect local roads from damage while still providing access to fields and farms. David will explain how roads fail, what is the effect of different vehicles on the road and shoulder, and ways to reduce the damage. Techniques discussed include: seasonal posting, using alternative wheel and load configurations, and practices for getting in and out of fields.

New York state troopers: Robert Lerch and Paul Noyes

The NY State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit (CVEU) is tasked with ensuring compliance with State and Federal laws regarding the operation or large vehicles and equipment on roads within the geographic area of NY. Their presentation will encompass topics including, hours of operation, size and weight law, general traffic laws specific to commerce and large vehicles, and finally, the application of Federal laws with regard to farm operations and exemptions. Question and answer sessions possible time permitting and on case-by-case basis.

 

Whitney Hull

Learn about findings from research conducted on six dairy farms in Vermont that explored targeted culling as a management strategy to reduce Johne’s disease and improve economic viability. This study also looked at farmer perceptions and barriers related to management of Johne’s disease.

Richard Stup

Lean Six Sigma is a proven approach to analyzing a production system, identifying sources of waste and defects, measuring results, and making systematic improvements that improve meaningful outcomes. Recently, Cornell and NYCAMH joined forces with dairy farms and industry personnel to apply Lean in dairy. Farm managers practically applied the Lean methods and are using them to improve management systems. This workshop will introduce Lean Six Sigma concepts for use in agricultural operations.

Tent 2 – Climate and GHG mitigation

Victor Green

The DSWR project is a six-year, nationwide research project looking at soil health, ghg emissions and new manure products. The project is an intensive comparison of two different management systems. It compares traditional management practices of using liquid dairy manure, no cover cropping and full tillage to a system that utilizes reduced tillage, cover crops, soil amendments and new manure technology products.  The presentation will briefly review the project and present learnings to date. 

Carol Adair, Heather Darby

To determine the impact of biochar on CO2, CH4, and N2O emissions, we installed a corn silage experiment at Borderview Farm, Vermont with eight treatments: manure injection, injection*biochar, broadcast manure, broadcast * biochar, fertilizer* biochar, biochar, and control. Biochar reduces growing season N2O fluxes from manure by 50%. Biochar reduced N losses via N2O by 4 lb/acre (~4400 g N2O-N/hectare) in broadcast manure treatments and by 8 lb/acre (~8900 g N2O-N/hectare) in injection manure treatments.

Jason Oliver, Lauren Ray

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from manure systems and improving the climate resiliency of farms will require various approaches. Here, we review the currently available strategies and technologies with potential to reduce emissions and improve resiliency. The focus will be on practical solutions that can be utilized by farmers and manure handlers today, as well as research highlights from ongoing work of the Cornell PRO-DAIRY, Dairy Environmental Systems program.

Jacob Hickman, Teng Lim

Dairy and swine operations are scrutinized due to perceived negative environmental impacts associated with manure handling practices. Many technologies exist to manage manure solids, nutrients and water; however, decision support tools are needed to assist farmers in evaluating the economic and environmental costs and benefits of implementing these systems. The MaNuRe team, a multi-discipline collaborative partnership across universities, is developing a tool that tracks the environmental and economic impacts of many of the current technologies and systems available. In this presentation, we will demonstrate several scenarios to show how the tool can be used to optimize manure management on dairy and swine farms across the U.S.

Tent 3 – Agronomy and soil health

Glen Arnold, Melissa Wilson

How can producers utilize manure in-season to extend the manure application window, while better utilizing the manure nutrients? With the uptick in rainfall in the past decade in northeastern states, the expansion of the manure application window can help reduce amount of manure needing to be applied in the fall.

Brendan Jordan

Livestock manure is a local source of essential nutrients and organic matter for healthy soils and crops. Jason Burroughs, Aurora Ridge Dairy and Brendan Jordan, NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, will provide on the ground experience with several best management practices used by farmers in New York to build a holistic approach to soil and water conservation and efficient manure nutrient recycling for crop production.

Juan Carlos Ramos, Gupreet Kaur

Manure is a tremendously valuable nutrient source. The “Value of Manure” is a statewide project that evaluates the nitrogen value, yield benefits and soil health impacts of various manure sources and application methods.

Kitty O’Neil

Soil compaction is a widespread, invisible problem on most farms, negatively impacting soil function and crop productivity. This session will cover the main causes of compaction, its lasting impacts, and diagnostic, preventive, and remedial methods to address it. The use of soil penetrometers for diagnosis, central tire inflation systems and controlled traffic farming for prevention, and remediation strategies are described. By implementing these practices, farmers can begin to mitigate soil compaction and eliminate limitations to soil health, function and crop productivity.

Tent 4 – Water quality

Laura Klaiber, Abby Augarten

Recognizing a need for more locally produced research, in 2013, Miner Institute (Chazy, NY) began conducting year-round edge-of-field drainage studies on the water quality of surface runoff and tile drainage from cropland in the Lake Champlain Watershed. These projects have investigated the environmental and agronomic impacts of systematic tile drainage in corn and grass fields receiving dairy manure. Other projects underway are examining the impacts of a rye cover crop after corn silage and no-till corn silage production.

Tibor Horvath

When a water quality impairment event occurs like the Lake Erie toxic algae bloom, the fingers immediately point to farms as the only contributors to water quality problems. Using a five soil pan rainfall simulator we can apply different animal manures in different rates and run a one-inch rainfall simulation to demonstrate how manure applications can reduce soil erosion and their relation to nutrient transport off farm fields. These runoff experiments can generate real life data to measure how solid and liquid manure spreading rates could affect nutrient transport from farm fields. Here we will share results from experiments conducted in North Carolina, Alabama, New York and Oregon, using the same rainfall simulator approach but different manure sources.

Mark Burger, Dale Dewing

Both the NYC and Skaneateles Watershed Agriculture Protection Programs are voluntary agreements with farmers to develop and implement whole-farm nutrient management plans. These programs serve as an alternative to installing costly filtration systems required by the Safe Drinking Water Act. The speakers will talk about the history and successes of the programs as well as the challenges faced.

Quirine Ketterings

Homegrown feed production is key for dairy farm sustainability. Crops need nutrients to grow and manure is an excellent nutrient source that contains all 17 essential nutrients. However, when applied to risky fields, at a high-risk time, and/or at a rate that exceeds the capacity of the soil to hold on to it and crop to take up the nutrients, manure nutrients can also contribute to nutrient losses to the environment. In this session we will talk about two main tools, the northeast region phosphorus index and the nitrate leaching index to identify high risk fields and implement beneficial management practices to reduce the risk of N and P loss to the environment.

10:00AM – 10:30AM
Explore the expo and visit with vendors
10:30AM – 12:00PM
Solid Manure Demonstrations 

Includes spreaders, compost turners and a stack cover demo
12:00PM – 12:45PM
Enjoy lunch and connect with vendors
Research poster judging session
Tent 2 – RNG Production with Rev LNG

This industry session will address Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) production from dairy manure and the pre/post-digester manure management, including sand recovery and manure biosolids processing. REV LNG is the leading dairy farm-based RNG developer outside of California with more than 40 projects commissioned and/or under construction. Its objective at the North American Manure Expo is to share experiences with the U.S. dairy community while obtaining key insights from said community.

Tent 3 – Slurry management systems with Dairypower Equipment/Troop Equipment

Historically considered a waste product, liquid manure is more recently seen as an important value-add for farmers across North America. This industry session will focus on some best practice techniques for manure management and how to maximize the value of your manure from the original and leading supplier of smart manure aeration systems, Dairypower.

2:00PM – 3:30PM
Liquid Manure Demonstrations
Includes dragline in corn application and grassland injections
3:30PM – 4:15PM
Explore the expo and visit with vendors
4:15PM – 5:00PM
Spill Response and Restoration Demonstration
5:00PM
Expo grounds close
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