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Manure workshops offered in Illinois


February 17, 2010
By Marg Land


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February 17, 2010, Urbana,
IL – University of Illinois Extension is offering four livestock manure
management workshops in February and March to provide hands-on assistance to
Illinois livestock producers and managers in using the Illinois Manure
Management Plan website at www.IMMP.uiuc.edu.


February 17, 2010, Urbana,
IL – University of Illinois Extension is offering four livestock manure
management workshops in February and March to provide hands-on assistance to
Illinois livestock producers and managers in using the Illinois Manure
Management Plan
website at www.IMMP.uiuc.edu.

The IMMP website offers
step-by-step instructions for developing manure management plans that comply
with the requirements of the Illinois Department of Agriculture, Illinois Natural
Resources Conservation Service
and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

“Illinois livestock
producers can use the IMMP website as a recordkeeping tool or to develop a
full-fledged manure management plan,” said Ted Funk, University of Illinois
Extension
agricultural engineer. “This online resource is free to the user and
has tremendous benefits.”

The IMMP website was
developed with support from the Illinois Livestock Development Group, Illinois
Pork Producers Association
, Pork Checkoff, Illinois Beef Association, Illinois
Milk Producers Association
, Illinois Farm Bureau and Illinois Environmental
Protection Agency
.

IMMP fills the specific
functional and regulatory needs of Illinois livestock producers. Producers can
attend a workshop to learn more about how IMMP can help take some of the worry
and frustration out of their manure management tasks,” Funk said.

The workshop provides
assistance whether individuals are already using the Illinois Manure Management
Plan
website and have questions or would like to learn how to use the website
to develop a plan and keep records.

“If livestock producers or
managers are already using the website, they should bring their questions and
any relevant information to the workshop. If they are interested in developing
a plan, they can bring their livestock facility information and we will get
them started. Laptop computers can also be brought to the workshop if they are
Internet-ready,” Funk said.

Each workshop is scheduled
from 8 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m. Dates and locations are:

To register, call (800)
345-6087. Pre-registration is required. There is a cost, which includes lunch
and handout materials.

For more information,
e-mail Randy Fonner at clmt@illinois.edu or call (217) 333-2611.


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