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Manure storage safety, rescue training offered June 12 at Cottonwood Dairy
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SOUTH WAYNE - In an attempt to help both farmers and emergency response personnel understand the hazards of manure storage and handling systems, a safety workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 12 at Cottonwood Dairy LLC, 9600 County D, South Wayne.

Participants should arrive by 6:15 p.m. to sign in.

Manure storage and handling systems have changed in recent years due in part to larger farms, new technologies and application restrictions. These manure storage and handling systems have potential hazards to workers and rescuers that include confined spaces. The gasses produced by manure as it decomposes require extra precautions when working with manure storage and handling systems.

The workshop will address confined space and manure gas safety procedures. Confined space and safety equipment, for use with manure storage and handling systems, such as gas monitors, ventilation equipment and fall protection will be discussed. A confined space is a space where entry and exit is limited.

This workshop is designed for emergency response personnel, including firefighters, EMTs and law enforcement, as well as farmers and their employees who work in and around manure storage systems and confined spaces.

Speakers at the workshop will include Cheryl Skjolaas, UW-Madison/ Extension agriculture safety specialist, and Jeff Nelson, UW-Madison machinery specialist and volunteer firefighter.

The workshop is free of charge, and space is limited to the first 75 people who register. Participants must register no later than June 9 by calling the Lafayette County UW-Extension Office at 608-776-4820 or emailing

The training is sponsored by the UW-Extension and Emergency Management Office in Lafayette and Green Counties and will be held rain or shine.