NCCC_OLD009: MWPS:Research and Extension Educational Materials
Annual/Termination Reports (SAES-422): [07/11/2005] [08/09/2006] [01/15/2008] [10/14/2008]
Date of Annual Report: 07/11/2005
URL: Copy of participant list
Brief Summary of Minutes of Annual Meeting:Business Meeting
Brian Holmes called NCR-9 business meeting to order at 1:45 pm.
Joe Harner moved that the minutes of last meeting be approved. Steve Pohl seconded. Motion was passed unanimously.
Jay Harmon shared report for nomination committee. New officers nominations included: William Edwards - at large member; Joe Zulovich - Vice - Chairman role; Joe Harner - Secretary
Don Jones moved and Pat Murphy seconded that a unanimous ballot be cast for the nominations. Motion was passed unanimously.
Executive committee proposal was shared to recommend renaming of NCR-9 to a North Central Coordinating Committee nomenclature designation. Joe Harner moved to accept this recommendation and Tom Scheer seconded the motion. Motion was passed unanimously.
Steve Pohl moved that we form a NCCC-9 committee to advise MWPS on acquisitions of saleable publication topics. Joe Zulovich seconded. Motion was passed unanimously. The chair accepted acquisitions committee volunteers, Steve Pohl, Joe Zulovich, and Tom Scheer.
Rick Stowell moved that a revised version of the model for the MWPS/NCCC-9 relationship be shared with the entire committee. Don Jones seconded. Rick accepted a friendly amendment to create an MOU between the two organizations defining this relationship. Motion was passed unanimously.
Joe Zulovich moved and Steve Pohl seconded to host our 2006 NCCC-9 meeting on May 22-24, 2006 at Kansas City. Motion was passed unanimously. Jay Harmon agreed to coordinate arrangements with hotel. William Edwards agreed to explore the possibility of jointly meeting with the farm management regional committee.
Joe Zulovich moved and Rick Stowell seconded to adjourn the business meeting at 2:37 pm. Passed unanimously.
New Project Ideas:
Discussion followed on new project ideas. Potential topics identified include the following: Second half of the Small Farms Handbook targeting farming; Small meat processing handbook - Out of print; CNMP Records; NRCS VTS publication; Odor Footprint publication; Greenhouses for rural residents; Update of Farm Shops Publication; Women in Agriculture - Marketing, Finances, Taxes, Records; Farm and Home Concrete Handbook revisions; Indoor Air Quality (possibly in House Housing Handbook) ASHRAE call for proposal for applied handbook targeting indoor air quality in commercial environments - could this lead to indoor air quality for housing handbook; On-Site Waste Treatment needs revision.
The committee adjourned at 5:45 pm with the intention to return to this project on May 26. The Dairy Handbook and Small Farms Handbook teams agreed to meet after supper.
The committee resumed discussion at 8 am on May 26.
Proposal for new NCCC-9 activities:
Stowell presented proposal to committee suggesting that it should sponsor one or more regional initiatives targeting a priority or emerging issue area that might resulting sharing of expertise among regional professions, joint educational programs or workshops, regional white papers or extension publications. Discussion followed on potential topics and related ideas. Suggested topics included: Stowell - ammonia emissions and control; Stowell - siting of livestock facilities; Joe Zulovich - animal - welfare issues as it relates to facility design; Zulovich - aggregating construction standards; Pohl - suggested a regional builder's conference possibly addressing acreage issues. Brian indicated importance of partnering with building industry in program planning; Jones - additional publications for small farms area.
The committee identified the following topic areas for which a critical mass might exist sufficient to encourage committee initiative in the coming one to two years: Air quality issues associated with livestock. Volunteers include Jay Harmon, Dick Nicolai (recommended), Rick Stowell, Joe Zulovich and Rick Koelsch; Animal welfare issues should wait for another year but was consider a critical emerging issue; Home construction and housing area, possibly a follow-up to release of Housing Handbook. Proposed to ask Ted Funk and Ken Hellevang to chair an initiative in this area.
An air quality work group met and identified two short term activities: 1. Establishment of a national steering committee that would include Rick Stowell (initial leader), Jay Harmon, Joe Zulovich, Amy Schmidt, Larry Jacobson, and Richard Nicolai from NCCC-9. In addition, committee identified additional possible representatives including Wendy Powers and Al Sutton (representing Animal Science), Steve Pohl, Saqib Mukhtar or Brent Auvermann (representing south), Eileen Wheeler and Curt Gooch (representing east), Ron Sheffield (representing west), Bill Schrock (representing EPA), and a representative of NRCS. Additional names were identified as subject matter resource people but would not be involved until a program direction was identified. This committee would begin meeting for monthly conference calls to define a direction for initiative. The group discussed several outreach options but decisions would be left to the proposed working group.; 2. Rick Koelsch and Larry Jacobson would explore a pre-proposal to the eXtension initiative for forming a community of practice focused on air quality issues. Priorities for Publications: Koenig and Lucke presented priorities for publication projects. The committee modified the list to the following priorities:
A. List for Publication Priority:
Private Water Systems - Don Jones, Tom Scherer; Farm Shop Plans - Tom Scherer to contact Vern Hofman Farm and Home Concrete - Joe Zulovich and Bill Koenig Dairy Housing - Brian Holmes NRCS Vegetative Treatment Systems - Rick Koelsch
B. List for Publication Priority:
Ventilation - Steve Pohl Nutrient Management Records - Rick Koelsch - should this include records from Illinois program? Should this include spreadsheets?
C. List for Publication Priority:
Small Farms (handbook II - targets cow-calf production) - Don Jones, Cassady, and Scherer
The 2006 NCCC-9 annual meeting will be on May 22-24, 2006 at Kansas City.
The meeting of NCCC-9 concluded at 10:45 am.
Signed Ted Funk Ted Funk NCCC-9 Chair, 2005
Signed Catherine E. Woteki Catherine E. Woteki NCCC-9 Administrative Advisor 2005
URL: Copy of minutes
Accomplishments:Full Committee Meeting
Brian Holmes called the NCR-9 meeting to order at 8 am on May 25.
MWPS Manager Report: Jack Moore presented the following update.
Strategy for MWPS conversion to Iowa State University function. ISU has assumed responsibility for MWPS functions. MWPS has become a function of the Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) Department. Key issues and agreements in this shift of MWPS to ISU follow.
MWPS has agreed to reduce expenses to match sales income. Projected deficit for 2004-05 is $44,500. MWPS will reduce staffing to one full time designer, 0.5 FTE secretary, and 0.8 FTE MWPS manager, the manager position to be phased out by December 31, 2005. MWPS will receive support from College of Agriculture to cover MWPS marketing and promotion efforts for 6 months. Susan Lucke has assumed this marketing position. Huntrods position as a designer is funded through end of 2005 by grant resources and then will end. Additional efforts will be made to reduce office expenses including transfer of computer support to ABE departmental staff. A deficit is still anticipated for 2004-05 of approximately $45,000 to be paid by the College of Agriculture as a bridge loan. MWPS will eventually need to repay this loan. MWPS will need to balance income and expenses during the 2005-06 year.
Operating model was shared that included: ISU responsibility for operation of MWPS; ISU liaison with MWPS is Jay Harmon; Relationship between NCR-9 and MWPS now changes. NCR-9 will be in an advisory role and a role of supplying potential product to be sold by MWPS. NCR-9 no longer has any direct responsibility for management of MWPS; An advisory committee for MWPS will be established for 2006 consisting of three to five NCR-9 members plus representatives from other disciplines.
MWPS focus will focus on: Attaining financial self-sufficiency; Selecting educational products based upon income potential; Increasing market visibility and partnering with faculty on grant assisted projects.
Re-organization Plan: Susan Lucke presented an overview of the re-organization plan for MWPS. Re-organization will be completed by July 1, 2005. MWPS will focus on: Aggressively seeking acquisitions of new potential products by working with authors. Authors will need to provide "clean" manuscripts requiring modest input by MWPS for editing and layout. Guidelines for "clean" manuscripts will be developed; Streamlining editing, production, shipping/distribution, and record-keeping; Growth of market including examination of copy program, bulk purchase program, and e-list development of customers and media contacts. New staffing model that will include these features: ISU ABE Department chairperson heads MWPS with Jay Harmon serving in a liaison role; Steering/Manuscript committee will serve as advisory committee that will include 3 to 5 members of NCR-9 members plus other contributing groups; Staff position, Marketing manager, in charge of acquisitions (including subsidy research) and marketing (front and back door of organization; Acquisitions manager/engineer that Bill Koenig will fill; Staff position for a Managing Editor - funded after December 31, 2005; Staff position for a design & production manager; Staff position for order fulfillment/clerical.
Projects nearing completion: Rectangular Concrete Manure Storage - 6/1/05; Four state Dairy Conference proceedings - 6/2005; Composting mortality - 6/30/05; House Handbook - 8/2005; Structures & Environment Handbook has been divided into four handbooks. Handbook 1 (planning, utilities, design and construction) is mostly done with planned completion date of 10/05. Handbook 2 (animal housing facilities, product storage, manure storage) is moving along with planned completion date of February 2006. Handbook 3 (loads and analysis) and 4 (environment) require additional work with planned completion dates in summer and fall of 2006; Environmental Management Systems addition to Livestock and Poultry Environmental Stewardship curriculum - 9/2005; Farm Buildings Electrical Wiring Handbook being revised by LaVerne Stetson - 10/05; Dairy Freestall 8th edition - 10/05.
Susan suggested potential needs for new or revised publications in areas of small acreages, water systems and treatment, wind power, conservation measures.
Marketing efforts. Susan reported on the following marketing initiatives: Reaching every major extension distribution systems in U.S.; Development and maintenance of media lists; Examination copy program and pre-publication sales program started with Horse Handbook and Rectangular Concrete Manure Storage Handbook; Dropping exhibits and meetings attendance; Bulk purchase opportunities (Menards, Farm & Fleet, etc.); Enhancement of web site purchases; Establishing e-links to MWPS; Feature articles for joint use of MWPS and state use.
Relationship Between MWPS & NCR-9
Brian Holmes shared a proposal from executive committee for an MWPS steering committee that will include 3 NRC-9 representatives, 1 representative from farm management, 1 representative from animal science, and 1 at-large representative. Brian also announced that Rick Stowell is chairing a sub-committee for defining the future relationship between NCR-9 and MWPS. Rick reported briefly on a model that had been developed following 2004 meeting and may need to be revised following recent developments.
Significant discussion followed on area of acquisitions of topics for potential new products centering on following questions: Would steering committee be sufficiently broad to assist with acquisitions?; Does MWPS have an acquisitions plan comparable to their marketing plan?
Steve Pohl moved to establish an NCR-9 sub-committee to assist MWPS in developing a plan for acquisitions. Motion was seconded. Motion and second was withdrawn for later discussion during business meeting.
eXtension discussion. Role of MWPS relative to eXtension was discussed at considerable length. No clear vision was defined for MWPS and NCR-9. Some discussion suggestion that NCR-9 should continue to explore developing communities of practice on emerging issues and the need for MWPS to explore electronic access to AED's [Agricultural Engineering Digest] and individual chapters of larger publications at a price to be accessible for marketing through eXtension initiatives. No consensus or direction was established on eXtension.
Action Items and Assignments Stowell, Scherer, Jones, and Moore will develop model for relationship and MOU between MWPS and NCCC-9.
Holmes and Funk will identify representation to MWPS advisory committee and organize initial committee meeting
Funk and Hellevang will initiate contact with Family Living Facilities group about joint activities and possible initiative centered on the release of the Housing Handbook.
Holmes will write a mid-term report for NCCC-9.
Miller will contact Cooperative Extension Agricultural Program Leaders about new MWPS model, opportunities for publishing through MWPS
Moore will share rates for MWPS services for purpose of budget estimation in grant requests.
Jones and Koenig will work will review committee for small farms and country living publication. Reviews are due by July 15, 2005.
All states will send a one-page report of MWPS activities to Rick Koelsch by June 15, 2005. Koelsch will share a draft version of minutes by May 27, 2005 minus state reports with NCCC-9.
Jay Harmon will summarize executive committee notes for inclusion in final minutes of 2005 meeting.
Zulovich, Pohl, and Scherer will serve as an advisory committee for Koenig for development of a strategy on acquisitions of new titles and topics for publications.
Holmes will provide leadership for revisions to MWPS-7 Freestall Housing Handbook.
Jones, Cassady and Scherer will provide leadership for developing outline for part 2 of the Small Farms Handbook focused on the cow-calf operation. Zulovich and Koenig will coordinate revision of Farm and Home Concrete handbook.
Jones and Scherer will coordinate revisions to the private water systems publication.
Scherer will contact Vern Hofman about revision Farm Shops publication.
Hellevang and Zulovich may have additional contacts for assisting authors.
Koelsch will explore NRCS interest in marketing and distribution of NRCS Guidance Document on Vegetative Treatment Systems.
Koelsch will coordinate development of a Sample Records for Nutrient Management Planning publication based upon the current efforts of the Heartland Regional Water Quality Project.
Harmon will coordinate local arrangements for 2006 meeting
- Indiana - "12-room grow-finish environmental building" was completed; 13 web-based extension publications were developed; A draft of a handbook for first-time rural homeowners was created
- Iowa - A feasibility study for a new ABE building; hired four new faculty; adopted the Industrial Education and Technology program dropped by the college of education; departmental key structures and environment work includes air quality emissions including the new emissions laboratory, air quality extension workshops, carcass composting, beef in hoop structures and ventilation workshops. A deep bedded hoop conference was held in Fall of 2004, drawing nearly 300 people
- Illinois - MWPS materials for training and regulatory compliance: 1. LPES curriculum for state Certified Livestock Manager Training; 2. Our state references MWPS-36, Concrete Manure Storages Handbook. Market development: Horse Handbook revision; House Planning Handbook revision; Species targeted catalog sheets at meetings; Multi-State Commercial Manure Haulers Program; MWPS Web site links; Illinois Manure Management Plan workbook
- Kansas - Most of the departmental research and outreach programs are focused on air quality, water quality (environmental) and water quantity. The BAE extension unit began releasing an electronic publication known as Plain Talk; MWPS Livestock Waste Handbook was included in the training material for recertification of swine manure applicators; The ventilation handbooks were used at the ventilation workshop; LPES curriculum used in recertitification programs, classes and public meetings
- Minnesota - Provided ideas and contact info for marketing MWPS publications; Helped finish revision and market AED-20, Managing Dry Grain in Storage; Held National Poultry Ventilation School; Held Air Quality/Biofilter workshops; Held four-state Swine Ventilation workshops
- Missouri - finalized the consolidation of 16 Departments into 6 Divisions; Reviewed the revised "Rectangular Concrete Manure Storages" handbook (MWPS-36); Contributed material to the "Multiple Utilization" section of the "Hoop Barns for Horses, Sheep, Ratites, and Multiple Utilization" publication (AED-52); Reviewed the entire Hoop Series as it was being developed
- Nebraska - MWPS Catalogs were delivered to all county Extension offices; provided MWPS with contacts for the primary farm press organizations in the state; news releases conveyed to appropriate press outlets; continued collaboration with SD, IA and MN in conducting ventilation workshops; an advanced stage of the program was developed and pilot-tested; new Department Head for Biological Systems Engineering; one new faculty member in Food Engineering
- North Dakota - Copies of Horse Facilities Handbook and the Hoop Barn series distributed to all county offices and Research/Extension centers in ND; MWPS catalog to all the county offices, Research/Extension centers, Vo-Ag educators, Lumber Retail Association members and rural electric cooperatives; Two news releases to aid the MWPS marketing effort; training workshops on reduced tillage, erosion control and animal waste management were held; revising MWPS-14, Private Water Systems Handbook; NDSU
- South Dakota - ed materials in operating ventilation systems in livestock facilities; 2 livestock odor info workshops; three major pubs on livestock facilities; research on variation of common flat bed biofilter; papers on settling and moisture app procedures; research to reduce hydrogen sulfide in manure pit; study effect of tree windbreak on odor and hydrogen sulfide dispersion; research on vegetated treatment areas for 4cattle facilities and 1 heifer facility; new Ag College Dean, new Ext Dir
- Wisconsin - Farmstead Planning handbook on CD; revised "Wisconsin Minimum Design and Construction Standards for Concrete Mixing and Loading Pads and Secondary Containment"; grant from UW-Extension for revisions to "Dairy Freestall Housing and Equipment" (MWPS-7); 4-State Dairy Ext "Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference"; news articles distributed to Wisconsin news media and to MWPS Headquarters; "Experts Panel" charged with developing standards for siting larger livestock facilities
Date of Annual Report: 08/09/2006
- Members attending Brian Holmes, University of Wisconsin
- Richard Stowell, University of Nebraska
- Don Jones, Purdue University
- Tom Scherer, North Dakota State University
- Kenneth Hellevang, North Dakota State University
- Jay Harmon, Iowa State University
- Steve Pohl, South Dakota State University
- Joe Zulovich, University of Missouri
- Joe Harner, Kansas State University
- William Casady, Universtiy of Missouri
- Bill Wilcke, University of Minnesota
- Lingying Zhao, Ohio State University
- Bill Koenig, MWPS
- William Edwards, Iowa State University
- Administrative Advisor
- Gerald Miller, Iowa State University
Brief Summary of Minutes of Annual Meeting:
URL: Copy of minutes
Accomplishments:Summary of NCCC-9 Projects Completed 2005-2006
Residential Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems: An Operation and Maintenance Service Provider Program (CIDWT): November 2005 (280 pages)
Wiring Handbook for Rural Facilities (MWPS-28): February 2006 (96 pages)
The House Handbook: Guidelines for Building or Remodeling Your Home (MWPS-16): May 2006 (200 pages)
Living On Acreages: What You Need to Know (MWPS-50): June 2006 (108 pages)
Dairy Conference Proceedings (4SD19): June 2006 (114 pages)
Total Number of Projects completed for 2004-2006: 19
NCCC-9 Projects In Progress
MWPS-1 Structures and Environment Handbook. Broken into 4 books. The first two are nearing completion. Tentative publication dates: Books 1 & 2, fall 2006. Books 3 & 4, spring 2007. (app. 200 pages each)
MWPS-7 Freestall Dairy Handbook. Tentative release date: January 1, 2007. (app. 170 pages)
MWPS-14 Private Water Systems. Published originally in 1979. Over 27,000 copies in five printings sold. Last printing in 1992. Revised edition could have great public interest. A major revision should be ready for release in Spring or Summer of 2007. (app. 120 pages)
CNMP teaching material will be available in 2007. (CD plus app. 330 pages)
Beef Cow-Calf Production in the MidWest, expected in 2008.
- During federal FY 06 the committee members produced and began disseminating 5 project publications. These publications will have a long-term impact because of the high educational value associated with them. The publications along with their FY07 distribution are listed below: 1. " Residential Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems: An Operation and Maintenance Service Provider Program, Jan 2006, 280 pp. 1473 copies sold. 2. " Wiring Handbook for Rural Facilities, February 2006, 96 pp. 692 copies sold. 3. " The House Handbook: Guidelines for Building or Remodeling Your Home, May 2006, 200pp. 786 copies sold. 4. " Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference, June 2006, 120 pp. 420 copies sold. 5. " Living on Acreages: What You Need to Know, July 2006, 108 pp. 125 copies sold.
- , Members of NCCC-9 continued cooperative programming efforts on a multi-state basis for ventilation for livestock producers, grain drying/handling, and air quality and energy issues. These efforts were undertaken by subsets of NCCC-9 members.
Date of Annual Report: 01/15/2008
URL: Copy of participant list
Brief Summary of Minutes of Annual Meeting:
URL: Copy of minutes
Accomplishments:Illinois livestock producers are referred to MWPS-18 Section 1 for writing and maintaining manure management plans through the Illinois Manure Management Program.
Iowa State University facilitated the 4-state Odor Modeling Workshop in Sioux City
North Dakota. The new Wiring Handbook has been added as a reference in an ASM course.
Ohio State University faculty are using LPES curriculum and MWPS-18-3 in air quality in-service training and program curriculum.
- Minnesota. MWPS 18 (Original, Sections 1, 2, & 3) & parts of MWPS 19 are used as textbook in Agricultural Waste Management Engineering course.
- Nebraska. A discussion at an NCCC-9 meeting 3-4 years ago on the growing need for multi-state collaboration on air quality resulted in a USDA NRI-grant-funded, national extension/education project.
- Wisconsin. MWPS-30, Sprinkler Irrigation Systems is used in Wisconsin to develop an irrigation audit tool (Excel Spreadsheet) and presentations for grower meetings.
- Wisconsin. MWPS-22, Low Temperature & Solar Grain Drying Handbook is used in Wisconsin to develop energy conservation presentation for grain drying and recommend as a resource book.
- Wisconsin. MWPS-13, Grain Drying, Handling and Storage Handbook is used in Wisconsin to develop energy conservation presentation for grain drying and recommend as a resource book.
- Wisconsin. MWPS-AED20, Managing Dry Grain in Storage is used in Wisconsin to develop grain management presentation and recommend as a resource book.
- Wisconsin. MWPS-7, Dairy Freestall Housing and Equipment is used in Wisconsin as resource for dairy modernization work.
Date of Annual Report: 10/14/2008
URL: Copy of participant list
Brief Summary of Minutes of Annual Meeting:
URL: Copy of minutes
Accomplishments:Horse Facilities Handbook, MWPS-60. This handbook was used as the basis for materials to support a series of workshops in Illinois.
Illinois Manure Management Plans tool IMMP was published for Illinois in 2005 and expanded to an interactive web tool in 2006-07. Several of the IMMP "planning steps" are referenced in the Illinois NRCS field guide for writing Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans.
Distributed a listing of MWPS publications to all Extension and Experiment Station offices in North Dakota and to all Extension specialists on campus.
Revised a news story developed by MWPS entitled "Maintaining grain quality in storage" and sent it out through the NDSU news packet.
Dairy Freestall Housing and Equipment, MWPS-7, was used as a text in a University of Wisconsin Livestock Housing class with about thirty-seven students enrolled. This publication is also used widely by UW County Extension faculty as a reference in their work while advising dairy producers.
Sprinkler Irrigation Systems, MWPS-30, was used by the instructor as a reference in a University of Wisconsin irrigation class.
Manure Characteristics, MWPS-18-S1, and Manure Storages, MWPS-18 Section 2, are used quite extensively as references by the instructor for the University of Wisconsin class titled Sediment and Bionutrient Engineering and Management.
MWPS documents were used when the curriculum for the University of Wisconsin class Sediment and Bio-nutrient Control Systems course was modified. This is an Ag. Waste management class that covers waste characteristics and the design of management systems.
Wiring Handbook for Rural Facilities, MWPS 28, has been used as a text in the University of Wisconsin Farm Energy and Wiring short course (enrollment 20-30). It has also been used as supporting text for UW stray voltage training courses.
The following books were placed on the MWPS website to download for free:
o Solar Livestock Housing Handbook: MWPS-23
o On-site Domestic Sewage Disposal Handbook: MWPS-24
o Swine Housing & Equipment Handbook: MWPS-8
Books printed On-Demand since June 07:
o Beef Cattle Handbook 30 copies
o Structures and Environment 145 copies
o Beef Housing & Equip Handbook 137 copies
New books added to catalog:
o The Pond Guidebook: NRAES-178 --- December Sold 67 copies
o Housing Plans for Calves & Heifers: NRAES-201 April Sold 11 copies
o Agricultural Ventilation Fans: IL-07 (from the University of Illinois)
o Agricultural Ventilation Fans Supplement: IL-08 (from the University of Illinois)
o Mitigating Air Emissions from Animal Feeding Operations (Iowa State University). MWPS will sell whatever inventory is left after the conference and reprint if necessary. Still needs to be placed on the web.
All Livestock and Poultry Environmental Stewardship(LPES) material was moved to the eXtension website
North Dakota Education opportunities that use MWPS publications (Extension meetings, conferences, classroom):
o Display of MWPS publications at the Big Iron Farm show held in Fargo
o MWPS-28 Wiring Handbook for Rural Facilities is being used as a textbook in an ASM class.
o MWPS-50 Living on Acreages is part of an educational program in the northeastern part of the state dealing with rural living.
- House Handbook, MWPS-16. This publication continues to be the text for the University of Illinois undergraduate course, Technical Systems Management 371, Residential Housing. Extension advertises the Handbook at first-time homebuyer programs, and refers to it when contacting homeowners and remodelers. The Handbook was referenced during the 2007 series of home energy conservation and indoor air quality workshops that were partially funded by the HUD Healthy Homes project.
- Wiring Handbook for Rural Facilities, MWPS-28. The updated Wiring Handbook continues to be a principle reference for Extension staff taking individual calls on rural wiring issues. The Handbook was advertised as a desk reference at a county zoning informational meeting, where officials and landowners were contemplating expanding the local electrical inspection requirements for new buildings in non-incorporated areas of the county.
- Rectangular Concrete Manure Storages Handbook, MWPS-36. This publication is referenced in Illinois state statutes, and continues to be used by consultants and regulators for livestock facility planning and construction in the state.
- Illinois uses several of the tables in MWPS-18 Section 1, Manure Characteristics, in IMMP as beginning reference values that producers use to start building their manure management plans.
- Manure Characteristics (MWPS-18-S1) and Manure Storages (MWPS-18 Section 2) are used quite extensively as references by the instructor for the North Dakota class Sediment and Bionutrient Engineering and Management.
- Indiana (Purdue University) Education opportunities that use MWPS publications (Extension meetings, conferences, classroom) include a series of Factsheets for Indiana County Extension educators, based on MWPS-50 (Living on Acreages: What you need to know) was developed in response to a request from county extension staff. They are available at: http://www.ydae.purdue.edu/Lifestyle%20Farming/.