Manure Manager May June 2016 : Page 6
INDUSTRY NEWS manuremanager.com 2015 Manure Expo to receive PA environmental award The 2015 North American Manure Expo is being recognized with the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence, Pennsylvania’s highest honor bestowed upon businesses or organizations for environmental performance and innovation. Held in Franklin County in July 2015, the expo drew a record 2,000 attendees from 23 states and four Canadian provinces. Organized by the department of animal science at Penn State and the Franklin County Conservation District, the expo was held over two days and focused on manure handling and application through tours, demonstrations and educational sessions. Robb Meinen, Penn State senior extension specialist, and Jennifer Bratthauar, ag conservation technician and nutrient management specialist for the conservation district, co-chaired the expo and accepted the award at the April 19 awards dinner in Harrisburg, Penn. It was hosted by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and the Department of Environmental Protection. “This is quite an honorable recognition for the countless people and organizations that contributed to Manure Expo,” Meinen said. “Our environmental benefits are real. Professionals were exposed to information and equipment that allow simultaneous and practical progression of animal agriculture, crop production and environment stewardship. From beginning to end, that was our overarching goal.” The Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence are the highest statewide honor bestowed to businesses and organizations involved in a cross-section of environmental initiatives such as cleaning up watersheds, saving energy, eliminating pollution, reducing waste and more. Projects are selected based on eight criteria: protection, partnership, public service, environmental education and outreach, pollution prevention, economic impact, innovative technology and climate change. The 2016 Manure Expo will be hosted in London, Ohio, Aug. 3 and 4. FREE ATV SAFETY TRAINING AVAILABLE The ATV Safety Institute (ASI) will provide free rider training for the third straight year during ATV Safety Week. The ASI is again working with partners across America who are volunteering to provide free ATV RiderCourses and other safety education June 3 to 12. “We invite everyone with an ATV to take the first step toward safe ATV riding by taking an ASI RiderCourse,” said Cam Arnold, vice president, rider training, ATV Safety Institute. “Come out to your local range, meet our instructors, have some fun, and learn. We’re making the class available to adults, youth and families all over the country early in the riding season.” The ATV RiderCourse is free for those who sign up during ATV Safety Week. Riders can find the closest training sites by going to ATVSafety.org and clicking on the ATV Safety Week logo. Additional locations will be added as they are confirmed. Riders should call 800-887-2887 to sign up for a class. According to the last analysis of Consumer Product Safety Commission data, 92 percent of all ATV-related fatalities are the result of warned-against behaviors, such as youth riding on adult-sized ATVs. During ATV Safety Week, riders can learn about the proper operation of their machine, find out about helmets and other proper protective gear, and learn ways to dramatically reduce risk. The ATV RiderCourse is also free year-round to purchasers of a qualifying ATV from an ATV Safety Institute member company. The ASI also offers a free E-Course, which is available online 24/7. This online course is available in three age-specific courses – adults, teens and children. Students learn how to apply the Golden Rules of ATV riding in an interactive setting. The E-Course includes videos, pictures, and games to make it a fun and effective learning experience for all ages. After finishing the course, users can take an ATV safety exam and receive a certificate of completion. For more information, call 1-800-887-2887 or visit ATVsafety.org. 6 MANURE MANAGER -May/June 2016
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2015 Manure Expo to receive PA environmental award
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