ELIZABETH, Pa. — As equine owners, you face many challenges maintaining healthy horses and environmentally friendly farms. Learn how to improve and maintain your pastures and much more while benefiting the environment at an Environmental Stewardship Short Course.

Penn State Extension has partnered with the Allegheny County Conservation District to offer this popular course at reduced cost.

The course will run for two full Saturdays on Aug. 4 and 25, 2018 from 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. It is open to all interested horse owners, barn managers, and equine industry personnel. It will be held in the Howard R. Stewart Visitors Center of the Round Hill Park in Elizabeth, Pa.

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Thanks to a grant from the PA Association of Conservation Districts, the price is $25 per person and includes lectures, activities, materials and lunch.

Advanced registration is required before July 29.  Registration information can be found at https://extension.psu.edu/equine-environmental-stewardship-short-course or register by calling 877-345-0691.

Speakers will include Laura Kenny, Equine Educator with Penn State Extension; Danielle Rhea, Agriculture Conservationist with Allegheny County Conservation District; Rachel Milliron, Field and Forage Crops Educator with Penn State Extension; and Justin Brackenrich, Field and Forage Crops Educator with Penn State Extension.

Those attending the course will develop the knowledge and skills to adopt environmentally sound practices aimed at managing healthy animals, healthy farms and a healthy environment. On Aug. 4, topics will include forage biology and grazing management, forage species identification and selection, pasture evaluation and renovation, and soil fertility.  There will be take-home assignments to complete on the farm and discuss during the next class. Aug. 25 will cover weed management, plants toxic to horses, manure risks and benefits, and solutions to farm water problems. This program is recommended for anyone who currently owns a horse or horse farm, is thinking of purchasing a farm, or works with horse farm owners.

To receive a brochure about the course, Contact Laura Kenny, Equine Extension Educator at lbk8@psu.edu or call 610-489-4315. To learn more about the Penn State Equine Team programs visit the website at: https://extension.psu.edu/animals-and-livestock/equine.

Financial and other support for this project is provided by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act, administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Penn State encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, contact Laura Kenny at 610-489-4315 in advance of your participation or visit.  The University is committed to equal access to programs, facilities, admission, and employment for all persons. It is the policy of the University to maintain an environment free of harassment and free of discrimination against any person because of age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, marital or family status, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, physical or mental disability, gender, perceived gender, gender identity, genetic information, or political ideas. Discriminatory conduct and harassment, as well as sexual misconduct and relationship violence, violates the dignity of individuals, impedes the realization of the University’s educational mission, and will not be tolerated. Direct all inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policy to Dr. Kenneth Lehrman III, Vice Provost for Affirmative Action, Affirmative Action Office, The Pennsylvania State University, 328 Boucke Building, University Park, Pa. 16802-5901; E-mail: kfl2@psu.edu ; phone,  814-863-0471.

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