There’s still time to submit abstracts, papers and posters for a national conference on agricultural waste and environmental quality to be held in Seattle next spring.

“Input is welcome,not just from scientists and educators, but from farmers and agri-businesses as well,” said Dr. Saqib Mukhtar, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service engineer and associate head of the Texas A&M University department of biological and agricultural engineering, College Station.

“Waste to Worth” conference is scheduled March 30 –April 1 in Seattle, and welcomes input from anyone who makes or influences decisions on livestock and poultry farms that may have environmental impact, Mukhtar said. This includes agricultural and environmental groups, consultants, farmers and growers, cooperative Extension agents, farm product sales representatives, researchers, and government regulatory and policy-making staff.

Sub-surface injection of liquid manure is just one of many ways to preserve air and water quality while maintaining a sustainable agricultural operation, said Dr. Saqib Mukhtar, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service engineer. (University of Nebraska Extension photo by Jill Heemstra)


This year, the Western States Dairy Producer Trade Association is partnering with the conference, assisting with sponsorship and planning, especially regarding air quality topics relevant to western dairy farmers, Saqib said.

“This conference, like previous efforts of Waste to Worth and the Western States Dairy Producer Trade Association Air Symposiums, are designed to help dairy producers and their trade associations. It allows them to learn, discuss, better understand, educate and implement principled, verifiable, science-based processes and methods to preserve clean air and water, while providing additional value and sustainability to agriculture,” said Mike Kohler, manager of the trade association.

Time is running out for submissions, however, Saqib said. The deadline for submissions is Sept. 15, and they must be made online at the conference’s web site at

Topics for submissions include:

–Environmental quality.
–Soil health.
–Climate change.
–Environmental planning.
–Feed management.
–Manure nutrient management.
–Manure treatment technologies.
–Equine waste management.
–Pathogens and pharmaceuticals.
–Small farms and beginning farmers.
–Manure and dead animal management.
–Manure value and economics.
–Case studies and on-farm experience.
–Harnessing innovative delivery.

An abstract is a brief summary, usually only a few paragraphs long, Mukhtar explained. The term usually applies to peer-review research articles, but can also apply to a thesis, conference proceeding or any in-depth analysis of a subject or technical innovation.

There are examples and guidelines for abstracts, papers and posters at the conference website, he said.

Student posters are also welcomed and will be judged separately, Mukhtar said.