Michigan Manure Management Summit

Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024
AgroLiquid Conference Center
3055 M-21, St Johns, MI 48879

The Michigan Manure Management Summit, hosted by Michigan State University Extension and Michigan Farm Bureau, is an annual educational event that provides updates on the science and best practices of manure management. The program is specifically designed for anyone who hauls and applies manure. The Summit also provides required CECs for individuals who have been certified in any level by the Michigan Manure Hauler Certification Program.

Registration rates are as follows: 

  • Commercial manure applicator/farm
    • $50 for one individual
    • $25 for two or more people registering at a time
  • Non-commercial manure applicator/farm
    • $100 for one individual
    • $75 for two or more people registering at a time


9:30 a.m. - Informal Networking Session

Sponsored by Blue Wing Consulting

10 a.m. - Welcome & Introduction to the Michigan Manure Hauler Certification Program 

Tess Van Gorder, Michigan Farm Bureau 

10:15 a.m. - Manure Can Kill You: Safety Around Manure 

Ernie Sundstrom, Sundstrom Pit Pumping and Injection

10:55 a.m. - Pre-Application Work: Best Practices before Manure is Applied  

Megan Dresbach and Eric Dresbach, WD Farms

11:35 a.m. Lunch

Sponsored by Michigan Farm Bureau Insurance

12:15 p.m. - Manure Application Session, Sponsored by Artex Manufacturing

Moderated by Charles Gould, Michigan State University Extension) 

Interaction of Conservation Practices and Manure 

Brook Wilke, MSU W.K. Kellogg Biological Station

Best Management Practices for Solid Manure Handling and Application

Shawn Guetter, Artex Manufacturing

Spill Prevention and Response Plans that Keep Manure out of Waterways

Megan Dresbach and Eric Dresbach, WD Farms

Speaker Panel Q&A 

1:15 p.m. - Technology Session, Sponsored by John Deere and Hutson, Inc.

Moderated by Sarah Fronczak, Michigan State University Extension

Manure Application Equipment Update  

John McGee, Michigan Valley Irrigation

Real-Time Nutrient Application Technology

Nelson Knobloch and Brad Peet, John Deere and Hutson, Inc.

Using Technology to Maximize the Value of Manure  

Steve Hoffman, In-Depth Agronomy

Speaker Panel Q&A 

2:15 p.m. - Break 

2:25 p.m.Management Session, Sponsored by Michigan Valley Irrigation

Moderated by Erica Rogers, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Right to Farm, GAAMPs, and Manure Management: What You Need to Know

Kyle McCarty, Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development

Ongoing Employee Training that Makes a Difference

James Snarski, Simon Brothers, LLC

Engaging with the Public on Social Media

Nate Baker, Border View Farms

Speaker Panel Q&A 

3:25 p.m. - Smart Manure Utilization in Michigan - Panel Discussion

Moderated by Ernie Birchmeier, Livestock and Dairy Specialist, Michigan Farm Bureau

Panel members are Dale Dieterman (Dieterman Farm Services), Joe Dykhuis (Dykhuis Farms), Kristi Keilen (K&K Dairy), and Dan Vannette (Schaendorf Custom Farming)

3:55 p.m. Wrap-Up 

Charles Gould, MSU Extension & Tess Van Gorder, Michigan Farm Bureau  

4 p.m. Adjourn 


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

Contact Charles Gould with Michigan State University Extension at gouldm@msu.edu or 616-834-2812, or Tess Van Gorder with Michigan Farm Bureau at tvangor@michfb.com or 517-323-6711.