Equine Environmental Stewardship Short Course

As equine owners you face many challenges maintaining healthy horses and environmentally friendly farms. Learn about the implementation, challenges, and results of adopting Best Management Practices (BMPs) on equine farms at our Environmental Stewardship Short Course.

The course will run for 4 weeks on Wednesdays starting October 5th to October 26th. The course is open to all interested horse owners, barn managers, equine industry personnel. The course will be held at Caitlyn & Cody’s Diner located just off the Quakertown exit of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, 1907 John Fries Highway, Quakertown.  The course runs from 7:00 PM- 9:30 PM. Cost is $55 per person and includes lectures, materials and light refreshments. Advance registration is required before September 30th.  Registration information can be found at http://extension.psu.edu/animals/equine-enviormentatal-stewardship or you can contact the Northampton County Extension Office 610-746-1970.  

Speakers will include Donna Foulk, Equine Natural Resources Educator with Penn State Extension; Andrew Frankenfield, Agricultural Educator with Penn State Extension Laura Kenny, Equine Educator with Penn State Extension; and Suzette Truax, Grazing Specialist with USDA/NRCS. Representatives from County Conservation Districts will be available during the last evening to help address any concerns you have in your county.

Those attending the course will develop the knowledge and skills to adopt environmentally sound practices aimed at managing healthy animals, healthy farms and a healthy environment. On October 5, we will discuss grazing management, pasture renovation and forage biology & species. On October 12, we will cover management of weeds & toxic plants. On this evening we encourage you to bring any plants you would like help identifying. October 19 will cover soil health & fertility management. All participants will be sent home with a Penn State Soil Test kit the first evening so we can discuss your results at this meeting. We wrap up the program on October 26 by discussing farm management practices to benefit your farm and the environment. We will also be discussing manure as a resource, not just a waste product. This program is recommended for anyone who currently owns a horse or horse farm, thinking of purchasing a farm, or works with horse farm owners. 

To receive a brochure about the course, Contact Heather Stofanak, Equine Team Program Assistant (haf10@psu.edu) or Donna Foulk, Equine Extension Educator (dlf5@psu.edu) or call 610-746-1970. To learn more about the Penn State Equine Team programs visit the website at: http://extension.psu.edu/animals/equine. To be added to the email list regarding future equine extension offerings, contact Norma Young at njy1@psu.edu. Penn State is an equal opportunity university.

 

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