The Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers or CSIF is offering a webinar for livestock and poultry farmers to explain the impact of the "Work Plan Agreement" signed by officials of the federal Environmental Protection Agency Region 7 and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources earlier this year. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
The work plan agreement was released September 11 and is designed to strengthen Iowa's implementation of the federally authorized NPDES program—the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. This permit program controls water pollution by regulating point sources that discharge pollutants into waters of the United States. This is a federal program which in most cases is carried out by individual states.
"Livestock regulations are complex, sometimes ambiguous and are constantly changing," says CSIF executive director Brian Waddingham. "For Iowa's livestock and poultry farms to prosper, farmers must know and understand state and federal regulations and the resources available to help them remain viable on the land for generations to come. This webinar will help livestock farmers better understand how the work plan agreement will affect them and their farm."
Experts to discuss the Region 7 EPA and Iowa DNR Work Plan Agreement and its impact on livestock farmers
The webinar features a presentation from Ken Hessenius, Iowa DNR supervisor from Field Office 3 at Spencer in northwest Iowa. He will discuss the details of the work plan agreement and what livestock farmers can expect if their farm is selected for an inspection. Other speakers include Eldon McAfee, attorney for the Beving, Swanson and Forrest legal firm in Des Moines, and Chris Gruenhagen, government relations counsel for the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. They will explain the steps farmers can take to prepare for an on-farm inspection. CSIF staff will discuss the services CSIF offers to livestock farmers to ensure farmers are in environmental compliance and are meeting all state and federal rules and regulations.
Farmers can access the webinar from their home or farm office by going to the CSIF website. For more information about the webinar or general questions about livestock rules and regulations, contact Brian Waddingham at [email protected]. For more information about the Work Plan Agreement, visit the DNR Animal Feeding Operations link.
The Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers was created by farmers to help farmers raise livestock responsibly and successfully. It's a joint partnership involving the Iowa Cattlemen's Association, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Turkey Federation and Midwest Dairy Association. The non-profit, non-partisan organization provides assistance to farmers at no cost. CSIF does not lobby or develop policy. Farm families wanting a helping hand can contact the Coalition at 1-800-932-2436.