Training session for CAFO operators set for July 8 in Huron |

Training session for CAFO operators set for July 8 in Huron

An environmental training session for operators of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, or CAFOs, is set for July 8 in Huron.

The training begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Crossroads Convention Center, 100 Fourth St. S.W., in Huron. The cost is $40 and includes lunch, breaks, and training materials. It concludes at approximately 4:45 p.m.

To register for the training, call Candy Willms at (605) 688-5141. The July 8 session is the second of three offered in 2009. The third session will be Nov. 18 at the same location in Huron.

Scientists and trainers from South Dakota State University, the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service are offering the training.

This training fulfills the environmental and manure-management 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 water quality.

During the morning session, South Dakota Cooperative Extension Livestock Waste Management and Air Quality Specialist Erin Cortus will discuss water quality, and Jeanie Votava, 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.

South Dakota Cooperative Extension Swine Specialist Bob Thaler will discuss livestock nutrition options for reducing nitrogen and phosphorus content of manure.

In the afternoon, SDSU plant science professor Ron Gelderman will discuss managing nitrogen and phosphorus in land applications of manure. Gelderman will also host a session on using worksheets for land application of manure.

Jeff Hemenway, a conservation agronomist with the NRCS, will talk about practices for reducing soil and manure loss from fields.

Extension Farm Machinery and Safety Specialist Dick Nicolai will conclude the day’s training with a session on air quality and odor.

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