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June 15, 2011
By Iowa State University Extension

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June 15, 2011, Ames, IA —
Iowa State University Extension will offer four workshops in northeastern and
eastern Iowa featuring environmental issues for feedlots and dairies that are
medium-sized concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).
June 15, 2011, Ames, IA —
Iowa State University Extension will offer four workshops in northeastern and
eastern Iowa featuring environmental issues for feedlots and dairies that are
medium-sized concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

The workshop schedule is
as follows:

  • June 27 — Northeast Iowa
    Dairy Foundation Center
    in Calmar
  • June 28 — Country Junction
    Restaurant in Dyersville
  • June 29 — Buzzy’s Restaurant
    in Welton
  • June 30 — Moose Lodge in
    Charles City

All workshops will run
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Medium CAFOs are defined
by a combination of size and pollutant discharge conditions,” said Angie
Rieck-Hinz, ISU Extension program specialist. “If you meet the size threshold,
you are defined as a CAFO if you discharge pollutants to waters of the U.S. by
direct contact of the animals with the waters or by discharging through a
man-made ditch, flushing system or similar man-made device.”

Each workshop will cover
the following topics: definition of a medium-sized CAFO; National Pollutant
Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)
permit requirements; design criteria for
manure and effluent handling and storage; operation, maintenance and nutrient
management plans; and resources for technical and financial assistance.

Staff from the Iowa
Department of Natural Resources
will present information on the permitting
process and Iowa regulations. Consultants and companies from Iowa and
surrounding states are sponsors for the workshops and will be available to
discuss engineering services, manure plans and technical assistance.

Registration for the
workshop is $30 for individuals and the first person from each livestock
operation and $15 for each additional person from the same livestock operation.
Please contact the ISU Extension county office associated with the site to be
attended: for the Calmar workshop, call 563-382-2949; for the Dyersville
workshop, call 563-583-6496; for the Welton workshop, call 563-659-5125; or for
the Charles City workshop, call 641-228-1453. Payment may be made at the door,
but pre-registration is required to plan for meals and materials. Please
register by June 22.


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