IFB helping farmers meet Livestock Management Facility Act requirements

University of Illinois Extension is offering 10 certified livestock manager training workshops to meet Livestock Management Facility Act requirements. The workshops begin Wednesday in Effingham and will be held around the state, concluding on Feb. 26.

The Livestock Management Facilities Act requires facilities designed for 300 or more animal units to have at least one employee certified in proper manure handling procedures. Facilities designed for 300 to 999 animal units must have at least one employee attend a workshop or pass the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s (IDOA) Certified Livestock Manager exam. Employees of facilities with 1,000 or more animal units must attend a workshop and pass the IDOA exam.

Each workshop will begin at 9 a.m., except the Feb. 5 session, which will start at 12:30 p.m. The training lasts 3 1/2 hours and IDOA will administer the exam after the training.

Workshop dates and locations are:

* Jan. 8, Effingham County Extension Office, 1209 North Wenthe Drive, Effingham;

* Jan. 9, U of I Extension, 4618 Broadway, Mount Vernon;

* Jan. 10, Clinton County Extension Office, 1163 North Fourth Street, Breese;

* Feb. 5, starts at 12:30 p.m., Bank of Springfield Center, 1 Convention Center Plaza, Springfield;

* Feb. 6, U of I Extension/Pike County Farm Bureau Building, 1301 E. Washington, Pittsfield;

* Feb. 7, Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau, 1000 N Main St., Monmouth;

* Feb. 18, U of I Extension/Bork Nurseries Building, 916 W. Seminary Ave., Onarga;

* Feb. 19, DeKalb County Farm Bureau Building, 1350 W. Prairie Drive, Sycamore;

* Feb. 20, Stephenson County Farm Bureau Building, 210 W. Spring St., Freeport; and

* Feb. 26, IDOA Building auditorium, State Fairgrounds, Springfield.

Producers who have completed the training and are renewing their certification will benefit from the new information on nutrient management, technologies, research and trends.

Illinois Farm Bureau will provide its CAFO Resource Guides as well as a FarmGate flyer, which focuses on environmental education programs for livestock farmers.

Registration will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Farmers are encouraged to preregister at least two weeks prior to ensure a seat for the session that fits their schedule.

The registration fee is $35. If more than one employee from the same farm registers, each additional registrant will pay $25. Coffee and snacks will be provided. Lunch will not be offered.

Click here to register. For questions with registration, call U of I Extension at 815-858-2273.

This story was provided by FarmWeekNow.com.

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