Workshops Planned For Medium-Sized CAFOs

Workshops Planned For Medium-Sized CAFOs

Meetings to provide information and answer questions farmers have about meeting compliance requirements.

Iowa State University Extension is hosting four workshops for livestock farms that may be considered medium-size concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. These workshops are designed to provide valuable information for livestock farmers to help answer questions producers may have about regulations and meeting compliance requirements.

Registration for the workshops is $30 for the first person from each livestock farm and $15 for each additional person from the same farm. Pre-registration is required, but payment can be made at the door. Workshops begin at 10 a.m. and end by 3 p.m.

June 27: Room 115 at the NICC Dairy Center, Calmar. Contact the Winneshiek County Extension office at 563-382-2949 to register.

June 28: Country Junction Restaurant, Dyersville. Contact the Dubuque County Extension Office at 563-583-6496 to register.

June 29: Buzzy's Restaurant, Welton. Contact the Clinton County Extension office at 563-659-5125 to register.

June 30: Moose Lodge in Charles City. Contact the Floyd County Extension office at 641-228-1453 to register.

The Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers (CSIF) is a sponsor of the events and will be present at each to share information about the no-cost services and resources CSIF provides. If you are unsure whether your farm falls into the medium CAFO classification, contact CSIF at 1-800-932-2436 to learn more.

How do the regulatory agencies define "Medium size CAFOs"?

State and federal government regulatory agencies such as the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have agreed on a definition of the various sizes of CAFOs.

"Medium CAFOs are defined by a combination of size and pollutant discharge conditions," says Angie Rieck-Hinz, ISU Extension program specialist who coordinates manure management education efforts at ISU. "If you meet the size threshold, you are defined as a CAFO if you discharge pollutants to waters of the U.S. by direct contact of the animals with the waters or by discharging through a man-made ditch, flushing system or similar man-made device."

These meetings will provide good, useful information you can use

Each workshop will cover the following topics: definition of a medium-sized CAFO; National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirements; design criteria for manure and effluent handling and storage; operation, maintenance and nutrient management plans; and resources for technical and financial assistance.

Staff from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will present information on the permitting process and Iowa regulations. Consultants and companies from Iowa and surrounding states are sponsors for these workshops and will be available at the meetings to discuss engineering services, manure plans and technical assistance with individual livestock producers.

Pre-registration required, so register by June 22 if you want to attend

Registration for the workshop is $30 for individuals and the first person from each livestock operation and $15 for each additional person from the same livestock operation. "We would like people to pre-register by June 22 if they would like to attend," says Rieck-Hinz. "To pre-register, please contact the ISU Extension county office associated with the site to be attended."

For the Calmar workshop, call 563-382-2949; for the Dyersville workshop, call 563-583-6496; for the Welton workshop, call 563-659-5125; or for the Charles City workshop, call 641-228-1453. Payment may be made at the door, but pre-registration is required to plan for meals and materials.

If you are a livestock producer, here are additional contacts regarding livestock production, manure management plans and other livestock related questions or issues in the various regions of Iowa:

*Russ Euken, ISU Extension beef field specialist, 641-923-2856, [email protected]
* Denise Schwab, ISU Extension beef field specialist, 319-472-4739, [email protected]
* Jenn Bentley, ISU Extension dairy field specialist, 563-382-2949, [email protected]
* Larry Tranel, ISU Extension dairy field specialist, 563-583-6496, [email protected]

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