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Ag Conservation Education (ACE) is a youth-centered program of Marion SWCD. Students who participate in ACE will learn techniques for managing mud and manure. Students will receive education at their 4-H or FFA meeting or by watching a pre-recorded presentation online. Enrolled students receive a tarp for covering manure piles. Upon successful completion of the ACE program, students receive a certificate that can be listed on resumes, record books, and award applications. There is no cost to participate in ACE.
Having livestock means having manure. Manure can be an issue or an asset, depending on how it’s managed. Participate in ACE to become a certified Ace in Manure Management!
Mud can be caused by a number of activities and conditions, including increased surface water, high traffic areas, highly organic soil, and the lack of ground cover. If not managed properly, mud can be hazardous to animal health, causing sickness and parasites. In addition, runoff from a muddy property will have high levels of sediment that contribute to water pollution.
Reducing the amount of rain and water that runs through a pasture and animal yard will greatly reduce mud production. Ideally you want to divert water to a wetland, stream, ditch, bioswale or other safe outlet before it passes through animal areas. Here is a list of additional techniques for reducing mud production on a property.