Selecting Preferred Land Application Sites: Extension Curricula for Interactive Land Application Education

preview of map in progress
The curricula contains a map where participants keep track of their progress visually as they work through the different activities.

An educational curricula was pilot tested in 2020 by Extension professionals in Nebraska and Minnesota. It utilizes a table-top sized map game board, six pre-planned scenarios, and interactive planning by small groups to select preferred manure application sites. The curricula addresses:

    • How far will I need to travel to manage manure nitrogen? Phosphorus?
    • Which fields benefit the most agronomically from manure?
    • How far can I afford to travel?
    • Which fields benefit most from manure’s soil health benefits?
    • What water quality risks are connected with individual fields?
    • How can I use a weather forecast to minimize neighbor’s odor risks?

These activities often lead to lots of peer-to-peer teaching. For example, we have witnessed discussions about minimizing compactions and planning to minimize impacts on community infrastructure and neighbors. As participants work through these discussions, they add their happy and sad face emojis to the map to weigh the benefits and concerns connected to individual fields.

Resources Available for Adapting to Your State

The curricula includes:

preview of factsheets and worksheets
Factsheets complement each activity’s main worksheet, helping the participants make their decision on which field is the best for manure application.
    • a 25-square mile map,
    • scenarios set up for six alternative animal feeding operations (you pick one for your group),
    • four alternative fields for land application with simplified information cards (soil tests, soil health tests, nutrient requirements, water quality risk indicators), and
    • worksheets and one-page information sheets for each of the six scenarios.

You may download electronic copies of all resources, adapt to your state, and begin sharing a highly interactive and peer-to-peer educational experience.

Downloadable Resources

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Contacts

Leslie Johnson, Rick Koelsch and Amy Schmidt

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The project team assembling this product includes Amy Schmidt, Leslie Johnson, and Rick Koelsch, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Erin Cortus and Melissa Wilson, University of Minnesota; and Dan Andersen, Iowa State University. These resources represent our recommendations for discussing the Value of Manure.

This product was assembled with financial assistance from the North Central Region Sustainable Agricultural Research and Education program. NCR-SARE is one of four regional offices that run the USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, a nationwide grants and education program to advance sustainable innovation to American agriculture.

Value of Manure Library By Media Type

Media types include social media, news articles, web pages, educational publications, decision support tools, and recommended research articles.

Authors/Sponsors

The project team assembling this product includes Amy Schmidt, Leslie Johnson, and Rick Koelsch, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Erin Cortus and Melissa Wilson, University of Minnesota; and Dan Andersen, Iowa State University. These resources represent our recommendations for discussing the Value of Manure.

This product was assembled with financial assistance from the North Central Region Sustainable Agricultural Research and Education program. NCR-SARE is one of four regional offices that run the USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, a nationwide grants and education program to advance sustainable innovation to American agriculture.

Value of Manure Library By Topic Area

Topics include agronomics, economics and yield, soil health/quality, water quality, organic systems, neighbors, regulations and logistics.

Authors/Sponsors

The project team assembling this product includes Amy Schmidt, Leslie Johnson, and Rick Koelsch, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Erin Cortus and Melissa Wilson, University of Minnesota; and Dan Andersen, Iowa State University. These resources represent our recommendations for discussing the Value of Manure.

This product was assembled with financial assistance from the North Central Region Sustainable Agricultural Research and Education program. NCR-SARE is one of four regional offices that run the USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, a nationwide grants and education program to advance sustainable innovation to American agriculture.

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Authors/Sponsors

The project team assembling this product includes Amy Schmidt, Leslie Johnson, and Rick Koelsch, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Erin Cortus and Melissa Wilson, University of Minnesota; and Dan Andersen, Iowa State University. These resources represent our recommendations for discussing the Value of Manure.

This product was assembled with financial assistance from the North Central Region Sustainable Agricultural Research and Education program. NCR-SARE is one of four regional offices that run the USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, a nationwide grants and education program to advance sustainable innovation to American agriculture.

Value of Manure Library for Educators and Advisors

Purpose

Manure is a resource that comes with many benefits and challenges.  This library is designed to provide educators and advisors with access to recommended resources that will assist you in your discussion of manure’s benefits and challenges.  Educators, please feel free to share and re-purpose educational products in this library with local audiences. Advisors, the library’s resources shall provide you with decision tools and educational products for enriching your discussions with clientele and rural community residents.

How to find materials

For those seeking specific resources, materials are organized visually by topic area and type of media. For those that would rather search materials more linearly, there is a grid version available.

In all views, there is a search button in the top right corner that looks like a magnifying glass and an expansion button that looks like two outward pointing arrows to view in full screen.

By Topic Area

Preview of manure value library database sorted by topic.
    • Manure as a fertilizer
    • Manure economics
    • Soil quality/health effects
    • Water quality effects
    • Use in organic systems
    • Neighbors
    • Regulatory concerns
    • Logistics

By Media Type:

Preview of manure value library database sorted by purpose.
    • Social media
    • Short news articles and web pages
    • Educational publications
    • Decision support tools
    • Recommended research articles

 

Instructions for Re-purposing Educational Content

Our team encourages and welcomes educators and advisors re-purposing of many of the social media and web page/news article resources found in this library.  Would these resources be helpful to you for Tweeting to your followers? Assembling talking points for a local radio presentation or discussion with a county board?  Or adding an article to local print media or your blog?

Example of social media graphic to be re-purposed.
    • Twitter Posts:  A broad range of Twitter posts, graphics with an educational message and short text introduction, are included for use with your social media connections.  Please re-purpose these for your local use. We ask that you maintain the “N Extension” and “WSA” logos in your re-purposed post.  You may replace the “Manure Happens. Take Credit” caption and the “Learn more at: http:// ________”  with an appropriate recognition of your organization and/or a web page that you would like to promote.
    • Web Page/News Articles:  Many of these library products can be repurposed for a variety of local uses.  News articles and web pages may be revised to add local information with the new authors name included if the original authors continue to be listed.
    • Any Educational Products:  Any of the Library resources may be used as talking points for a local radio broadcast or community group presentations. Please recognize the original authors and resource title in your presentation.

 

Is something missing from our library?

We welcome your suggestions of resources that you have found beneficial in your educational or advisory role.  Please email any of the project team members with your suggestions or submit them via our google form for our consideration.

Authors/Sponsors

The project team assembling this product includes Amy Schmidt, Leslie Johnson, and Rick Koelsch, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Erin Cortus and Melissa Wilson, University of Minnesota; and Dan Andersen, Iowa State University.  These resources represent our recommendations for discussing the Value of Manure.

This product was assembled with financial assistance from the North Central Region Sustainable Agricultural Research and Education program.  NCR-SARE is one of four regional offices that run the USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, a nationwide grants and education program to advance sustainable innovation to American agriculture.