Manure-handling farm equipment displayed at Iowa expo

Expo featured seminar on managing swine manure.
Expo featured seminar on managing swine manure.
Around 1,500 people attended the Upper Midwest Manure Handling Expo in Boone, Iowa this week, where farmers and custom manure applicators gathered to compare farm equipment for handling, treating and applying manure.

Exhibitors and consumers gathered at the Central Iowa Expo center to discuss and compare manure-handling equipment, products and services, view manure application equipment demonstrations and to attend educational seminars.

The educational seminars included talks on managing manure removal and hydrogen sulfide management from swine pits, techniques on solid and liquid manure application on frozen ground and updates on regulations, according to the Iowa State University Department of Agriculture.

"We're in such an environmentally sensitive industry, it just keeps everybody up with the new technologies and handling manure in a safe and efficient manner," said Kevin Westaby, president of the Iowa Commercial Nutrient Applicators Association, which co-sponsored the event, the Associated Press reported.

A farm equipment company brought a prototype of a tractor and spreader to the event that company officials said could cost up to $700,000, according to the AP.