Robb Meinen is a senior Extension associate in dairy and animal science at Penn State University. He coordinates education for the PA Act 49 Commercial Manure Hauler and Broker Certification Program as well as education in nutrient and odor management and service to the swine industry. 


Matt Ehrhart is executive director for the Pennsylvania office of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. He works on water quality, watershed restoration, agricultural conservation and preservation, and the associated policy and implementation issues. His responsibilities include establishing legal and policy positions on environmental issues. 


Marel Raub is the Chesapeake Bay Commission’s Pennsylvania director. Her responsibilities include policy development, legislative drafting, and communications support. Her focus areas include the federal farm bill, the emerging regional biofuels industry, and implementation of the Commonwealth’s Chesapeake Bay tributary strategy and Total Maximum Daily Load under the federal Clean Water Act. 


Kelly Shenk is the agricultural policy coordinator at EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program office. Shenk has worked on urban and agricultural phosphorus pollution issues in the Lake Champlain basin and the Lake Geneva watershed in France.

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During the March 25 webcast: “How Nature, the Supreme Farmer, Manages Manure” Ray Archuleta, conservation agronomist with the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, will talk about the science of soil. Learn how manure is an indispensable part of the ecology behind healthy and productive soils and see real world case studies and comparisons of good and bad examples.

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