UK forum to discuss poultry litter BMPs

Lexington, Ky.

Producers face challenges and opportunities when applying poultry litter to cropland. The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture Food and Environment will host a forum to help producers learn best management practices to apply poultry litter.

The forum, titled Poultry Litter Lessons from the Delmarva and the Ohio Valley, will begin at 1:30 p.m. CST Jan. 25 at the Owensboro Convention Center and again at 9:30 a.m. CST Jan. 26 at the Christian County Extension office. They are sponsored by the Kentucky Soybean Promotion Board and the Kentucky Corn Promotion Council.

The forums will feature Kentucky producers who use poultry litter as well as two producers who face strict environmental regulations like those in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

“The management practices a producer uses will determine the economic, agronomic and environmental impact that poultry litter has on their operation,” said Jordan Shockley, UK agricultural economist. “We hope the producer panel generates audience participation and discussion on ways Kentucky producers can best use poultry litter in their operations.”

For more information on the program, contact Shockley at jordan.shockley@uky.edu; Edwin Ritchey, UK soil extension specialist, at edwin.ritchey@uky.edu; Clint Hardy, Daviess County agriculture and natural resources extension agent, at chardy@uky.edu; or Jay Stone, Christian County agriculture and natural resources extension agent, at jstone@uky.edu.

Contact: 

Jordan Shockley, 859-218-4391; Edwin Ritchey, 270-365-7541, ext. 301

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