Manure Talk Manure Talk is for people interested in solid manure management and manure composting for horses, goats, sheep and beef Sun, 15 May 2005 13:02:08 -0500 Illinois Manure Share Program Benefits Farmers, Composters, and the Environment Wed, 22 May 2013 14:27:00 +0000 The University of Illinois Extension Manure Share program connects farmers and horse stables with excess manure to gardeners, landscapers, and other large-scale composters, benefitting both the environment and economy of local communities. Illinois Manure Share connects those looking for manure with those looking to get rid of excess manure through the Illinois Extension Manure Share website:

Illinois Manure Share can provide financial relief for stables with excess manure. According to Ellen Phillips, Extension Educator for Local Food Systems and Small Farms, "Ordinarily, stables with excess manure would have to pay for the manure to be picked up by waste management and transported to a landfill," which could prove expensive for individual horse owners. Phillips explained, a survey of horse owners showed "it would cost a person with two horses about $400-$500 per month to haul away manure." With the Illinois Manure Share program, stables can save that money by linking them to local growers and composters who can use their excess manure instead.

With the high cost of removal, many livestock owners could not afford to safely dispose of manure which can become an environmental hazard if left to pile up. The Illinois Manure Share program provides one avenue for manure to potentially be removed for free, benefitting water quality by removing excess nutrients in runoff from manure piles and minimizing the amount of commercial fertilizer used by growers, gardeners, and others seeking manure. Phillips remarked, "With nitrogen prices as high as they are right now manure is a very valuable resource." The Illinois Manure Share program provides residents with access to organic sources of nitrogen lowering their cost for commercial fertilizer while adding organic matter to the soil.

Although the program was first started to aid land-locked horse stables in Chicago struggling to dispose of manure, it now connects livestock owners and composters throughout the state of Illinois. To participate in the program, residents create a profile indicating where they are, what type of manure they have or are looking for, and what kind of bedding is used. This allows participants to seek out manure or people looking for manure in close proximity to each other and facilitate the exchange. According to Phillips, the program is most effective when participants use the website to actively seek each other out rather than wait for someone to contact them. She went on to explain that those who are proactive "say the exchange was really successful and experienced great results. The program enabled livestock owners to get rid of manure on a regular basis without the high cost of waste management removal."

In addition to founding the program, U of I Extension Educators conduct workshops for large-scale composters that provide instruction for successful composting. The next workshop will be held Tuesday, May 28 at Tempel Organic Farm in Old Mill Creek, Illinois. All those interested in large-scale composting are encouraged to attend. For more information go to

For more information on the Illinois Manure Share Program go to or contact your local Extension office.

Register by May 9 for Midwest Composting School Fri, 29 Apr 2011 10:36:00 +0000 May 31-June 2 at Illinois State University

This three-day workshop offers comprehensive training in compost production and marketing.

Since 1999, educators representing Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin have hosted an annual Midwest Composting School. Illinois, for the first time, has been asked to host the School in 2011. Accordingly, the Midwest Composting School 2011 will feature an intensive three-day program that will train participants in the science and art of composting subjects, including but not limited to: handling of composting feed stocks, enhancement of compost quality, sampling and analytical processes, environmental regulation, compost soil application rates, food waste composting, composting landscape waste, composting of horse bedding and the understanding of compost markets and the marketing process. The school focuses on a combination of hands-on training, lecture and discussion, compost facility operator panel discussions, problem solving exercises and a tour of Central Illinois compost facilities.
Register at:

Manure Share Lists Increasing Fri, 29 Apr 2011 10:21:00 +0000 Manure Share now lists 110 farms that have too much manure and
and 65 looking for manure.

Illinois Manure Share is a free program that benefits livestock owners, gardeners, landscapers and the environment! It is a manure exchange program that brings gardeners and landscapers searching for organic materials for use in composting or field applications in contact with livestock owners who have excess manure

List yourself on Manure Share at:

Once you list your interest on Manure Share, look on the other list and make some calls to those close by to try and negotiate an exchange of manure.

"Manure Run" has begun Mon, 25 Apr 2011 10:12:00 +0000 Over 30 people have sought information about the Manure Run program. Numerous stables are now receiving the services of the manure hauler in McHenry County.

We have numerous requests to establish a Manure Run in the Joliet Area and the St. Charles Area. If you are in these areas, please register at the website. If you know of a hauler who might be willing to work with us, please contact us.

Manure Run Registration.

Safety in using manure in Gardens Wed, 20 Apr 2011 10:09:00 +0000 Spring application of fresh manure is not recommended for vegetable gardens. Compost the manure and then use it as a soil amendment this fall.

For more information check out: Using Manure and Compost as Nutrient Sources for Fruit and Vegetable Crops, Carl J. Rosen and Peter M. Bierman, Department of Soil, Water, and Climate
University of Minnesota

Making Compost for Organic Farms Sun, 17 Apr 2011 12:14:00 +0000 Organic farms utilize a lot of organic compost as a soil amendment and fertilizer. Composted manure is a nutrient rich compost. This factsheet outlines some of the requirements for quality compost needed by organic farms

Making Compost for Organic Farms

Know how much you haul Thu, 14 Apr 2011 12:00:00 +0000 Wisconsin has a nice factsheet showing how to calculate how much manure you are hauling.

Know How Much You Haul