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CAFO training being offered in South Dakota


November 11, 2008
By South Dakota State University Extension

November 11, 2008, Huron, SD – Operators of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations in South Dakota can receive environmental training during an educational event being held November 18 in Huron, SD.

The event takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the Crossroads Convention Center, 100 Fourth St. S.W., Huron. The cost is $40 and includes lunch, breaks, and training materials.

Specialists from South Dakota State University, the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are offering the training.

This training fulfills the environmental and manure management training requirement to obtain a livestock permit from the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Producers and any other interested individuals who are not currently applying for a permit can also benefit from the information and are encouraged to attend. Current federal EPA, USDA, and South Dakota water pollution control programs encourage even those livestock producers who don’t need permits to voluntarily adopt livestock production and manure management practices that protect water quality.

Morning sessions include SDSU Extension swine specialist Bob Thaler discussing water quality. Jeanie Votava, natural resources engineer with the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources, will give an overview of the South Dakota DENR Livestock Permit program.

SDSU soils testing lab manager Ron Gelderman will discuss managing nitrogen and phosphorus in land applications of manure.

In the afternoon, Gelderman will host a session on using worksheets in land application of manure. Jeff Hemenway, conservation agronomist with the NRCS, will talk about practices for reducing soil and manure loss from fields.

SDSU Extension swine specialist Bob Thaler will discuss livestock nutrition options for reducing nitrogen and phosphorus content of manure. SDSU Extension farm machinery and safety specialist Dick Nicolai will conclude the day’s training with a session on air quality and odor.

Pre-register by calling Candy Willms with SDSU at (605) 688-5141. Dates for the 2009 training sessions will be announced later this year for the producers who can’t make it to the Nov. 18 CAFO environmental training session.


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