Schedule
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7:30am to 1:30pm

TOURS (click to expand)

Tours are limited and pre-registration is required. YOU MAY ONLY REGISTER FOR ONE TOUR (either Robotic Dairy and New Poultry Layer OR Stream). Bus transportation and a lunch voucher are included with your ticket.

Robotic Dairy & New Poultry Layer Tour
This tour will stop at a dairy that has recently installed robotic milking, feeding, and manure collection technologies where the producers will provide a demonstration of the systems. The second stop of this tour will be at a large, under-construction, egg layer farm that will be close to populating their eight barns at the time of the tour. The layer farm will use innovative manure handling practices, including belt drying and centralized manure collection.

Please choose your departure time when registering and plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to your tour departure time. You will need to check-in and pick up a name badge in order to board the bus. Registration opens at 7:30am for the first tour bus departure at 8:00am. Departure times are staggered from there.

All buses will return to the Expo grounds between 11:00am and 1:30pm, depending on your departure time. You will be provided with a lunch voucher, which can be redeemed at any food vendor on the Expo grounds.

Stream Tour
The stream tour will explore impacts of excess nutrients on a local stream as well as providing hands-on opportunities for attendees to assess stream health and the benefits of buffers and stream restoration practices. One stop will be at a stream located in an agricultural area and another will be at the stream’s forested headwaters.

11:00am

TRADE SHOW OPENS

Please stop by and visit our many exhibitors! Grounds are open until 7:00pm.
2:00pm to 4:00pm

AGITATION DEMOS

Between 2:00pm and 4:00pm on July 13, pit agitation takes centre stage. Jump on a bus and be driven to our agitation pit, free of charge! Participants will have an opportunity to watch different brands of manure agitators and pumps at work. Manufacturers and dealers will be on hand to explain their technologies and answer any questions.

Buses will rotate between the Expo grounds and agitation pit non-stop between 2:00pm and 4:00pm. Please stop by our trade show and learn about the latest technology and products serving your industry!
5:00pm to 7:00pm

Puck Pump School & NEW PRODUCT SHOWCASE (click to expand)

The Puck Team will demonstrate the many capabilities and possibilities of Lightspeed to gain performance efficiencies. We will also discuss the roles and responsibilities of team members to increase crew efficiencies.

Industry Sessions include:
  • Dairy Power/Troop Enterprises



What are the benefits of adding air?

Manure aeration is a highly effective but sometimes overlooked system. Thousands of aeration systems worldwide benefit farmers and the environment alike by increasing nutrients, lowering emissions and making things safer for farmers and their animals. This session from Dairy Power will detail how the Dairy Power Smart Manure Aeration System, which has no need for tractor agitation, provides consistency from first to last load, creates usable manure straight from the tank and creates an ideal state for injection and dribble bar. Attendees will learn how to use the system and how to make the most of it.

7:00pm

TRADE SHOW GROUNDS CLOSE

7:30am

MANURE EXPO GROUNDS OPEN

8:00am to 9:30am

EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS (click to expand)

Choose from 4 educational sessions!

Tent 1 Sessions:
8:00am: Manure Injection of Digestate
– Sailesh Sigdel, PhD Candidate,  Agricultural and Environmental Plant Science, Pennsylvania State University – Pennsylvania State University

8:30am: Injecting Manure into Cover Crops
– Melissa Wilson, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist Manure Nutrient Management & Water Quality Department of Soil, Water, and Climate – University of Minnesota

9:00am: Side-dressing Emerged Corn with Injected Liquid Manure using a Drag Hose
– Glen Arnold, Field Specialist, Manure Nutrient Management Systems Associate Professor – Ohio State University Extension


Tent 2 Sessions:
8:00am: Can we create a better as applied map to document manure applications?
– Richard Meinert, Associate Extension Educator, Nutrient Management – University of Connecticut

8:30am: Economic considerations for the development of a decision support tool for manure management systems
– Varma Vempalli, Research Associate, Chemical Engineering – University of Arkansas

9:00am: Manure Management at Herbruck’s New Blue Springs Layer Farm in Mercersburg, PA
– Vince Herbruck, Manager – Poultry Living Systems – Herbruck’s
– Ric Herrera, Vice President of Marketing – Herbruck’s
– Jered Birkbeck, Director of Feed & Fertilizer Operations – Herbruck’s
– Russell Phenicie, Blue Springs Egg Farm Production Manager – Herbruck’

Tent 3 Sessions:
8:00am: Precision Agriculture and Variable Rate Manure Application at Lesher Poultry Farm
– Leslie Bowman, Crops Manager and Nutrient Management Specialist – Lesher’s Poultry Farm, Inc.

8:30am: Weed Seeds in Manure
– Chryseis Modderman, Extension Educator, Crops – Manure Nutrient Management – University of Minnesota
– Stephanie Kulesza, Nutrient Management and Animal Waste Specialist, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences – North Carolina State University

9:00am: How we run our manure service in Indiana
– Rob Buiter, Owner – Fastrack Fertilizer


Tent 4 Sessions:
8:00am: Investing in Soil Health and Manure
– Nick Hepfl, Agricultural Technician – Clearfield County Conservation District

8:30am: Calculating the Economic & Environmental Benefits of Low Disturbance Manure Injection (LDI)
– Eric Rosenbaum, Executive Director, PA 4R Alliance, Agronomist, Rosetree Consulting LLC – Pennsylvania 4R Alliance

9:00am: Variable Rate Manure Applications – Are You Ready for It?
– Eric Rosenbaum, Executive Director, PA 4R Alliance, Agronomist, Rosetree Consulting LLC – Pennsylvania 4R Alliance

9:30am to 10:30am

TRADE SHOW

Visit our trade show vendors to learn about their latest products and technology!

10:30am to 12:00am

SOLID MANURE DEMONSTRATIONS

Manure information really starts to fly at 10:30am during our solid manure application demonstrations! Manufacturers and dealers will have an opportunity to describe their machines before they show their stuff. Once the demonstrations are completed, attendees are welcome to kick tires and examine spread patterns.
12:00pm to 2:00pm

TRADE SHOW AND LUNCH

Please visit our vendors, and stop by one of our food trucks for a bite to eat!
12:30pm to 2:00pm

TENT 1 – EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS (click to expand)

Join us in TENT 1 for the following educational sessions:
  • 12:30pm - 1:00pm: Pennsylvania's Commercial Hauler Regulations and Record Keeping Requirements - PA SCC
  • 1:00pm - 1:30pm: Food Processing Residual Application in Pennsylvania - PA DEP


Tent 1 Sessions:
12:30pm: Pennsylvania’s Commercial Hauler and Broker Regulations and Record Keeping
– Mike Aucoin, Conservation Program Specialist – Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission

1:00pm: Food Processing Residual (FPR) Application in Pennsylvania
– Kevin Beer, Environmental Group Manager, Bureau of Waste Management – Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

1:30pm: The Importance of Manure Application Setbacks for Protecting Private Drinking Water Resources
– Danielle Rhea, Water Resources Educator – Pennsylvania State University
– Susan Boser, Water Resources Educator – Pennsylvania State University
– Andy Yencha, Water Resources Educator – Pennsylvania State University

2:00pm to 3:30pm

LIQUID MANURE DEMONSTRATIONS

It’s time for our liquid injection and drag hose technology demonstrations! Manufacturers and dealers will have an opportunity to describe their machines before they show their stuff. Once the demonstrations are completed, attendees are welcome to kick tires and examine spread patterns.
3:30pm - 4:00pm

SPILL RESPONSE DEMONSTRATION (click to expand)

Accidental manure spills happen. Do you know the action steps to take when something goes wrong? How to protect a well or tile inlet using a 5 gallon bucket? The best way to keep a small spill from becoming a major headache? This live action field demonstration of simple, effective techniques will prepare you and your employees to take the right steps to contain and clean up a manure spill, and reduce your chances of being the lead story on the local TV news.

3:30pm: Live Action Manure Spill Response Demo
– Kevin Erb, Director, Conservation Professional Training Program – UW-Madison Division of Extension Natural Resources Institute
– Robb Meinen, Senior Extension Associate, Department of Animal Science – Pennsylvania State University

5:00pm

TRADESHOW GROUNDS CLOSE

Speakers

Andy Yencha
Water Resources Educator - Pennsylvania State University

Andy helps Pennsylvania’s residents, businesses, and local governments find answers to water related questions to protect the Commonwealth’s shared natural resources. His current focus areas include drinking water protection, testing and treatment, and urban stormwater education. His work highlights the important ways land use and water quality are connected within the geographic boundaries of Pennsylvania’s watersheds.

Chryseis Modderman
Extension Educator, Crops - Manure Nutrient Management - University of Minnesota

Chryseis Modderman is an extension educator with the University of Minnesota where she focuses on manure management as a crop nutrient source. She is originally from a farm family in west-central Minnesota, and prior to working at UMN, she was a research technician at North Dakota State University. When she’s not elbow-deep in her work, she enjoys time at the lake, gardening, and reading.

Danielle Rhea
Water Resources Educator - Pennsylvania State University

Danielle is a statewide water resources educator for Penn State Extension, based in Jefferson County. She provides educational programming and products related to private drinking water, pond management, agriculture and water, stormwater management, and watershed protection and restoration. Danielle is a certified Act 38 Nutrient Management Planner/Reviewer and holds a Master of Science degree from Duquesne University in Environmental Science and Management.

Glen Arnold
Field Specialist, Manure Nutrient Management Systems Associate Professor - Ohio State University Extension

Glen Arnold is a Professor with The Ohio State University and serves as an extension Field Specialists in the area of Manure Nutrient Management Application. His research efforts have been to move livestock producers and commercial manure applicators toward applying manure to wheat and corn during the growing season to capture more of the manure nutrients. His work with emerged corn involves using three 12-row manure side-dress toolbars to subsurface apply swine and dairy manure through the V4 stage of growth.

Jered Birkbeck
Director of Feed & Fertilizer Operations - Herbruck's

Jered Birkbeck joined Herbruck’s in 2018 and is the Director of Feed Manufacturing and Fertilizer Processing. In this role, he is responsible for leading the fertilizer departments in four of Herbruck’s facilities to process litter into value-added fertilizer, overseeing the three company feed mills to produce feed for our hens and pullets, and leading capital projects in those areas. Jered holds a B.S. in Feed Science from Kansas State University and has 25 years of experience in Feed Mill Management.

Kevin Beer
Environmental Group Manager, Bureau of Waste Management - Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

Kevin Beer has served the commonwealth through his work with Pa Department of Environmental Protection for the past eleven years. In his current role as Compliance and Technical Support Section Chief in the Bureau of Waste Management, Kevin strives to protect people and the environment by promoting safe and effective handling practices in materials management, including effective processing of waste streams for beneficial use. He leverages his knowledge of chemistry and the environment with extensive environmental health and safety experience in providing sound guidance to the regulated community relevant to implementation of materials management best practices. Kevin has a M.S. in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh.

Kevin Erb
Director, Conservation Professional Training Program - UW-Madison Division of Extension Natural Resources Institute

Kevin Erb is the director of the Conservation Professional Training Program at University of Wisconsin-Madison-Extension. Erb has more than 30 years experience with Extension, focusing on manure management, nutrient management plan implementation and training of conservation professionals. Kevin initiated one of the nation’s first manure spill response training using actual manure, and has created more than 20 live spill response demonstrations around the US and Canada.

Leslie J. Bowman
Crops Manager and Nutrient Management Specialist - Lesher's Poultry Farm, Inc.

Leslie is the crop manager at Lesher’s Poultry Farm, Inc. His job duties include directing manure application and sales. He has nutrient management plan writer, odor management, and manure broker certifications. He has over 25 years of experience with precision farming.

Melissa Wilson
Associate Professor and Extension Specialist Manure Nutrient Management & Water Quality Department of Soil, Water, and Climate - University of Minnesota

Melissa Wilson is an associate professor and manure nutrient management specialist at the University of Minnesota with appointments in both research and extension. Her research focuses on filling knowledge gaps about manure nutrient cycling as farming practices, weather, and technologies change. She is also currently evaluating techniques for opening up the window of opportunity for manure application.

Mike Aucoin
Conservation Program Specialist - Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission

Michael Aucoin graduated from Delaware Valley University with an Agronomy Degree in 1995 then started his career at the Bucks County Conservation District as a Resource Conservationist. In 1999 Michael was hired as a Conservation Program Specialist with the PA Dept of Agriculture/ State Conservation Commission in which he administers the state’s Nutrient Management, Commercial Manure Hauler and Broker and Odor Certification Programs.

Nick Hepfl
Agricultural Technician - Clearfield County Conservation District

Nick Hepfl is the Agricultural Technician with Clearfield County Conservation District. After growing up on a small family dairy farm in western Pennsylvania, Nick began working on several thousand-acre grain and beef farm while attending college at Clarion University for Environmental Biology. Nick has been with the Conservation District for six years and works with approximately 500 farmers to implement programs and promote soil health.

Ric Herrera
Vice President of Marketing - Herbruck's

Ric Herrera joined Herbruck’s in 2019 as the Vice President of Marketing. In this role, he is responsible for managing the direction of Herbruck’s brand, consumer and customer marketing, and branded retail sales. Ric holds a B.S.P9:P17 in Business Management and Marketing from SUNY. He has over 30 years of Marketing, Sales, and Management experience in the food industry.

Richard Meinert
Associate Extension Educator, Nutrient Management - University of Connecticut

Rich has been an Extension Educator at UConn for 34 years, since receiving his Master’s Degree from Penn State in Dairy Science.  His duties include dairy and livestock production, nutrient management planning, and crop production.  He wrote his first Nutrient Management Plan for a dairy in 1989 as part of the original Long Island Sound Water Quality Study.

Rob Buiter
Owner - Fastrack Fertilizer

Rob Buiter is is the owner of Fastrack Fertilizer, a custom manure application service in northwest Indiana that runs drag line, truck tankers, and tractors with tank for swine and dairy manure.

Russell Phenicie
Blue Springs Egg Farm Production Manager - Herbruck's

Russell Phenicie joined Herbruck’s in June of 2021 as the Production Manager at Blue Springs Egg Farm, Herbruck’s newest farm opening in Mercersburg, PA. In this role, he is responsible for the care of the birds and fertilizer processing. Russell holds a B.S. in Poultry Science and an M.B.A. from Penn State University. Russell has been involved in agriculture his entire life, has over 10 years of experience in the agriculture industry, and operates his family’s beef farm.

Sailesh Sigdel
PhD Candidate,  Agricultural and Environmental Plant Science, Pennsylvania State University

Sailesh Sigdel is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Agricultural and Environmental Plant Science at Pennsylvania State University. His research explores improving nitrogen management and amendment in no-till dairy cropping systems. 

Stephanie Kulesza
Nutrient Management and Animal Waste Specialist Department of Crop and Soil Sciences - North Carolina State University

Stephanie Kulesza is the Nutrient Management and Animal Waste Specialist in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at NC State University. Her research focuses on the use of animal manures in the wide range of cropping systems found in North Carolina, focusing on barriers to adoption of manure in fertility programs.

Susan Boser
Water Resources Educator - Pennsylvania State University

Susan Boser is a Water Resources Educator with Penn State Extension based in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of West Virginia University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a major in Environmental Protection. Susan interacts with clientele throughout Western Pennsylvania via educational programs focusing on the areas of private water supply education, pond management, stormwater, youth water education and pesticide education.

Varma Vempalli
Research Associate, Chemical Engineering - University of Arkansas

Dr. Vempalli S. Varma is an Environmental Engineer with a research focus on manure management and modeling GHG emissions. He holds a doctoral degree from IIT Guwahati, India. Later he joined Agricultural Research Organization, Israel as Post Doc and worked on “Process control, GHG emissions, odors, sanitary and agronomics aspects” during composting of livestock manure and industrial sludge. Currently, he works with Dr. Greg Thoma’s research group at the University of Arkansas on the “Decision support system for dairy and swine manure management”. Further, he is coordinating model development for dairy manure management systems for the RuFaS project at Cornell University.

Vince Herbruck
Manager - Poultry Living Systems - Herbruck's

Vince Herbruck is a third-generation egg farmer with Herbruck’s. He is currently the Manager of Poultry Living Systems at Herbruck’s. In this role, he is responsible for all the layer aviary equipment and systems engineering dealing directly with the birds. Vince has worked in nearly every department at Herbruck’s in some capacity for the last 15 years.



Location/Accommodations

Chambersburg, PA

Expo Field Location

Off Ingram Drive
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, USA
17202

Latitude 39.912618
Longitude -77.642877


Accommodations

Hampton Inn by Hilton
955 Lesher Road,
Chambersburg, PA, USA
17202

1-717-261-9185

 

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