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Thursdays at the U Lecture and Performance SeriesAnimal manure production is estimated at over a billion tons per year in the US. Livestock production and, more specifically, dairy farming, is very important to Wisconsin’s economy. Manure produced by livestock has various benefits to the soil, including the increase of organic matter and nutrient content. However, high amounts of applied manure also raise environmental concerns. Is manure, overall, a blessing to our soils, or is it more of a curse? Do the benefits outweigh the negative effects? In what ways can we reduce the negative impacts of manure application? What the research literature has to say about these questions will be explored by Dr. Natasha Macnack of UW-River Falls, on Thursday, Nov. 14th from noon until 1 pm in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Ritzinger 234) on the UW Eau Claire-Barron County campus. Her talk is part of the Thursdays at the U Lecture and Performance Series, which is free and open to the public, thanks to financial support from the campus foundation. The campus is located at 1800 College Drive in Rice Lake. Feel free to bring your lunch to eat as you listen to the speaker, or visit our Campus Riverside Cafe who serves from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Macnack is an assistant professor of soil science who completed her bachelor’s degree in agronomy at the Anton the Kom University of Suriname. After that, she worked in post-harvest quality control and production agriculture in Suriname (South America) for several years. She did her graduate work at Oklahoma State University, where she received her doctorate in soil science in December 2014. Her research focuses on improving the efficiency of nutrient uptake and the effects of organic soil amendments on soil health and crop yields.

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Nov 14 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
UW-Eau Claire – Barron County