If you own a horse farm in Pennsylvania, what to do with your manure is a major concern! Furthermore, the state also requires farm owners to formulate a written manure management plan for any property that houses horses or livestock. Farm owners who are new to rural property ownership or those who want to learn more about how to write a manure management plan can attend a free workshop on April 27 at the Monroe County Conservation District in Stroudsburg, PA, held by the Penn State extension program. Proper manure handling is crucial to environmental health and clean water, and it's important that all PA horse farm owners have an understanding of the state requirements.

Seminar participants will learn about current state requirements for manure management, how to construct farm maps, and will receive help in writing a complete manure management plan for their PA horse farm. Those who attend will need to bring an aerial map of their farm, which can be obtained from an online mapping service such as Google or Bing. Participants will get the chance to speak with experts about the state requirements as well as how to handle manure on their own properties.

For more information on this seminar or to register, contact Donna Foulk: dlf5@psu.edu, Heather Stofanak: haf10@psu.edu, or Matt Giambra: mgmccd@psu.edu. Or you can call the Northampton Extension Office: 610-746-1970.