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Manure management

Best management practices to safely apply, sample and analyze manure to protect air and water quality.

Air and water quality

Advice for managing manure while reducing air and water quality issues includes:

  • Information about managing animals near shoreline.
  • Best management practices for pathogen control in manure.
  • OFFSET and MinnFARM tools for odor and runoff management.

Land application

  • Manure characteristics.
  • Timing.
  • Application methods.
  • Sampling and nutrient analysis.
  • Application rates.
  • Estimating manure value.
  • Preventing nitrogen loss.


Learn how to manage manure safely.

  • How to safely agitate and pump manure.
  • How to prevent and manage manure spills.

Courses and events

Commercial Animal Waste Technician (CAWT) workshops

Re-certify as an MDA Commercial Animal Waste Technician (CAWT) by attending one of these workshops. Held annually in the winter.

Manure Management Planning in Minnesota virtual course

Are you in interested in learning how to use the Manure Management Planner from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency? This course explores the science behind manure management planning in Minnesota. 

Manure composting workshops

UMN and NDSU Extension programs along with compost producers in each state team up to offer online manure composting workshop for crop and livestock producers, people interested in composting, technical service providers and educators. Check back here in the summer for upcoming workshops.

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