The Kewaunee County University of Wisconsin-Extension office is hosting a “Focus on Compost” informational meeting next week at the Junion Homestead Farm, E1939 County Road K, Casco.

Compost is seen as a viable alternative to dairy farm manure management, but composting either in a barn or outside in rows requires precise management.

The presenters at the March 8 program are Dr. Jamie Patton, senior outreach specialist in nutrient and pest management for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Dr. Becky Larson, bio-waste specialist in bio systems engineering at UW-Madison and UW-Extension.

Supervisor Chuck Wagner, who promoted the free session at this month’s Kewaunee County Board meeting, said Tony Junion has been operating his farm with composting for a number of years.

“Tony has had a number of visitors that have come from literally around the world to his farm to see how he’s doing this and how he’s operating,” Wagner said. “Because it’s not that it’s new technology so much, really composting has been done for – thousands of years, I suppose. There’s a lot to learn there and a lot to understand.”

The speakers are “the leading experts in the world” on the subject, he said, adding that the Junion Homestead Farm hosts the county’s Breakfast on the Farm this summer, providing even greater exposure to the concept of composting.

The event begins with registration starting at 10 a.m., with the program starting around 10:30. Tours of the farm will be offered following a lunch provided by GreenStone Farm Credit Services.

People interested in going are asked to RSVP by Friday, March 2, to aerica.bjurstrom@uwex.edu or 920-388-7138.