Workshops Provide Environmental Issues Update

Workshops Provide Environmental Issues Update

ISU Extension will offer four workshops in northeast and eastern Iowa featuring environmental issues for feedlots and dairies that are medium-sized concentrated animal feeding operations.

Iowa State University Extension is offering four workshops in northeast and eastern Iowa featuring environmental issues for feedlots and dairies that are medium-sized concentrated animal feeding operations.

The workshop schedule is as follows:

June 27 — NICC Dairy Center in Calmar

June 28 — Country Junction Restaurant in Dyersville

June 29 — Buzzy's Restaurant in Welton

June 30 — Moose Lodge in Charles City 

All workshops will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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. 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. Please register by June 22 if you would like to attend any of these workshops.

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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