2017 Speakers


Dr. Troy Runge is an Associate Professor in the Biological Systems Engineering Department in CALS where he performs research and teaches in the bioprocessing area.  His research emphasis is on the biomass composition impact on bioprocessing systems, including biomass to energy, fuels, and fiber.  He is a lignocellulose chemist by training and has pulp and paper science degrees including a bachelor of science from UW-Stevens Point and master’s and doctoral degrees from the Institute of Paper Science and Technology at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Presentation title: Manure Processing Technologies


Brian Langolf serves as the director of the Biogas Program, providing technical oversight for three anaerobic digesters. This program supports many academic and sustainability programs on campus and has been instrumental in helping UW-Oshkosh achieve national recognition for its commitment to sustainability.

Presentation title: UW-Oshkosh Digesters: Keys to Success


Dr. Randy Shaver has been on the faculty in the Department of Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a 75% Extension and 25% research appointment for 30 years. His extension and research programs focus on applied nutrition of lactating dairy cattle. He has presented several hundred invited papers at industry conferences in 46 states in USA, 9 provinces in Canada, and 14 other countries.

Presentation title: How Dairy Cattle Feed Efficiency Impacts Manure Nutrients


Dr. Becky Larson is an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist focusing on manure and agricultural by-products in the Biological Systems Engineering Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The main component of her work focusing on livestock manure with efforts to increase the profitability and sustainability of food production systems while simultaneously reducing the environmental impact.

Presentation title: Considerations for the Use of Manure Irrigation Practices

Dr. Tucker Burch has been a Research Agricultural Engineer with USDA-ARS in Marshfield, Wisconsin since January 2016. Specializing in environmental engineering, Tucker’s research relates to spread of pathogenic microorganisms from dairy farms through the environment.

Presentation title: Assessment of Human Health Risk Due to Airborne Pathogens During Spray Irrigation of Dairy Manure

Dr. Mark Borchardt is a Research Microbiologist for the USDA-ARS and Program Leader for the Laboratory for Infectious Disease and the Environment, US Geological Survey, Wisconsin Water Science Center. Dr. Borchardt’s expertise is on measurement, fate, transport, and health effects of human and agricultural zoonotic pathogens in the environment. Recently, he received the Dr. John L. Leal award for the American Water Works Association for his work on improving water quality and protecting public health in the United States.

Presentation title: Dairy Manure and Human Wastewater Contamination in the Dolomite Aquifer in Northeast Wisconsin (Please note: title may be incorrect on early copies of the brochure)


Dr. Katharine Knowlton is the Colonel Horace Alphin Professor of Dairy Science at Virginia Tech with responsibilities focused on research and teaching on environmental and societal changes associated with animal agriculture. Research projects focus on control of such environmental contaminants as nitrogen, phosphorous, antibiotics, antibiotic resistance genes, and hormones to address the balance between societal interests in animal welfare and environmental and economic sustainability of food production.

Presentation title: Competing Priorities: Antibiotic Use in Animal Agriculture in a Time of Increasing Antibiotic Resistance

Dr. Daniel Andersen is an Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University, where his research work focuses on manure management and treatment, water quality, and nutrient cycling in agroecosystems. As part of his extension appointment, Dan leads the Iowa Manure Applicator Certification program, which annually certifies around 5,000 manure applicators. You can find him on Twitter @drmanure and at his blog, http://themanurescoop.blogspot.com, where he provides information about getting the most from your manure and protecting the environment.

Presentation title: Manure Economics and Application Decisions – Where Are We Headed?

Liz Binversie is an agriculture extension educator at University of Wisconsin-Extension. While pursuing a Master’s degree at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, her research focused on reducing hydrogen sulfide production in the rumen due to its adverse effects for cattle.

Presentation title: Hydrogen Sulfide: Connecting the Dots From Cattle to Manure to People


Dr. Eileen Fabian (Wheeler) is an Extension and research professor at Penn State University specializing in environmental biophysics addressing timely agricultural issues. She has combined interest in animal agriculture and air quality into practical findings that meld environmental impact with animal welfare issues.

Presentation title: Knock Me Over! Manure Gas and Safe Practices with Gypsum Bedded Dairies


Kevin Erb has worked for UW-Extension for 24 years, focusing on manure management, nutrient management plan implementation and agriculture conservation. He has worked with the for-hire manure application industry since 1993, and is the lead advisor to the board of the Professional Nutrient Applicators Association of Wisconsin (PNAAW).

Presentation title: Proactively Preventing Manure Spills: Common Causes and Recent Trends


Cheryl Skjolaas is an Agricultural Safety and Health Specialist with UW-Madison/UW-Extension Center for Agricultural Safety and Health. She has been working in this field for 25 years.

Presentation Titles: Manure Safety – 2016 Learning Lessons and Manure Safety Panel Discussion

Mary Bauer is the Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS) in the Eau Claire Area OSHA Office. Ms. Bauer was a Compliance Officer in the Eau Claire area for over 20 years and has been the CAS for the past 11 years. She has provided OSHA outreach information for the dairy industry since 2009.

Presentation title: Manure Safety Panel Discussion

Matt Komro

Presentation title: Manure Safety Panel Discussion