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Healthy Land for Healthy Horses:
A Short Course on Pasture and Manure Management

Registration is now full.

A new six-week course this spring will cover the basics of conservation on horse farms.

Healthy Land for Healthy Horses: A Short Course on Pasture and Manure Management will be held Monday evenings starting April 24 at the Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension Center.

Horse farms of any size, depending on how they are managed, can affect soil, water and the animal. The installation of a few best management practices can provide long-term benefits for horse farms, local waterways and even horses themselves.

The course will cover conservation specifically for horse farms (see topics below). Hands-on activities and a horse farm bus tour will complement classroom lectures by MARE Center researchers and soil and water conservation district staff.

Participants who attend three of the six sessions and submit a conservation plan at the final session will receive a certificate.

For more information: 540-687-3521 or sghajar@vt.edu.

REGISTRATION IS NOW FULL.

April 24, 6-8 p.m.

Pasture and Grazing Management
Instructors: Bridgett McIntosh, MARE Center, and Willie Woode, Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District

May 1, 6-8 p.m.
Plant Selection, Morphology and Identification
Instructors: Shayan Ghajar, MARE Center, and Pat McIlvaine, Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District

May 8, 6-8 p.m.
Soils: Types, Erodibility, Leaching and Productivity
Instructors: Tim Mize, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and Mike Miller, Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District

May 15, 6-8 p.m.
Water quality: Runoff Management Basics
Instructors: Mike Miller, Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District, and Kris Jarvis, John Marshall Soil and Water Conservation District

May 22, 6-8 p.m.
Manure Management
Instructors: Carrie Swanson, MARE Center, and Nicole Slazinski, Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District

June 3, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Farm Tour of Conservation Practices. Locations TBA. Transportation and lunch provided. Free.

June 5, 6-8 p.m.
Nutrient Management
Instructors: Robert Shoemaker, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation; Mike Miller, Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District and Willie Woode, Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District

 

 

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