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BMPs for Cattle Farms Workshop May 24-25

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Various BMPs, or best management practices, can reduce potential pollution impacts of raising cattle. And producers can learn all about them in a two-day workshop May 24-25 near Redbud, Ga.

Cattle farms are coming under closer scrutiny as origins of nonpoint-source pollution. Among the public's concerns are the use of poultry litter as fertilizer and cattle's access to streams.

The May workshop, "BMPs for Cattle Producers: a Farm-based Workshop," will explore the practices cattlemen can use throughout the farm to reduce impacts to water quality.

The program will be at the Northwest Georgia Experiment Station's Redbud Farm. The examples and demonstrations will focus on the Coosa River watershed. But the information will be valuable for other regions in the Southeast.

The workshop is open to anyone who is interested. Extension agents, Natural Resources Conservation Service workers and farmers from the four states in the Coosa River watershed are especially invited.

The workshop fee is $30 before May 17. It's $45 after that. To learn more about the program, call Julia Gaskin at (706) 542-1401.

(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)

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