Concentrated animal feeding training July 10

Farm Forum

BROOKINGS – SDSU Extension is co-hosting an environmental training session for operators of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) July 10 in Huron.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. 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 a.m. and concludes at approximately 4:45 p.m.

To register, contact Candy Rogness at (605) 688-5141.

Specialists from SDSU Extension, 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.

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

During the morning session, Erin Cortus, SDSU Extension Environmental Quality Engineer will discuss water quality, air quality and odor issues. 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, Ron Gelderman, SDSU Extension State Soil Specialist will discuss managing nitrogen and phosphorus in land applications of manure. Gelderman, along with John Lentz, Resource Conservationist and Jason Gilb, Conservation Agronomist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service will go through nutrient management planning worksheets. Lentz will also cover implementing conservation practices to improve sustainability. Bob Thaler, SDSU Extension Swine Specialist will conclude the day with a session on livestock nutrition options for reducing nitrogen and phosphorus content of manure.

The next training program will be held in February 2014.