This association was started in January 2001, by custom applicators throughout the state of Wisconsin, a few from Iowa and Minnesota, and with assistance from several UW-extension agents, DATCP, DNR, LCD, and NRCS personnel.
Our main goal is to be an informational group and to promote application of manure, in accordance with the latest standards (590), and to do so in an environmentally friendly way.
To give you an example of the impact that our group has created, we sponsored a field day in August 2001, demonstrating the latest equipment in manure handling. We had over 430 attendees, from eight different states and Canada. We have also been asked to help develop similar associations for other states. Because they are impressed with the approach we have taken, to work with the governing agencies, instead of against them.