Environmental training for CAFO operators

Feb 15, 2013
by WLJ

An environmental training session for operators of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) is set for Feb. 19 in Huron, SD.

Registration begins at 8:30 am at the Crossroads Convention Center, 100 Fourth St.

S.W. in Huron. The cost is $50 and includes lunch, breaks and training materials. The program begins at 8:50 am and concludes at approximately 4:45 pm. To register for the training, call Candy Willms at 605/688-5141.

Specialists from South Dakota State University (SDSU), 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 manuremanagement training requirement to obtain a livestock permit for CAFOs from the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

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

Certified Crop Advisor credits are also available for attending this program.

During the morning session, Erin Cortus, SDSU Extension environmental quality engineer, will discuss water quality. John Lentz, resource conservationist with NRCS, will talk about implementing conservation practices to improve sustainability. Jason Roggow, a 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.

In the afternoon, Jeff Hemenway, soil quality specialist with NRCS, will discuss managing nitrogen and phosphorus in land applications of manure. Lentz and Hemenway will also go through nutrient management planning worksheets. Bob Thaler, SDSU Extension swine specialist, will lead a session on livestock nutrition options for reducing nitrogen and phosphorus content of manure. Cortus will conclude the day’s training with a session on air quality and odor.

The next training program will be held in July. — WLJ