Environmental training to be offered Jan. 18 in Huron

Environmental training to be offered Jan. 18 in Huron
Environmental training for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) is set for Jan. 18 at the Crossroads Hotel and Huron Event Center, 100 4th St. S.W. in Huron.

Preregister by calling Candy at SDSU at (605) 688-5141. The registration fee is $40 per person, payable at the door. The fee includes a lunch, breaks and training materials.

Specialists from South Dakota State University, the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service offer the training.


The training fulfills the environmental and manure management training requirement to obtain a livestock permit from the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Producers and any other interested individuals who are not currently applying for a permit can also benefit from the information and are encouraged to attend. Current federal EPA, USDA and South Dakota water pollution control programs encourage even those livestock producers who don't need permits to voluntarily adopt livestock production and manure management practices that protect water quality.

Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. with the training sessions beginning at 8:50 a.m. Morning sessions include SDSU Extension Environmental Quality Engineer Russell Persyn explaining water quality issues; Jeanie Votava, a natural resources engineer with the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources, discussing the DENR's livestock permit program; and SDSU Extension Soils Specialist Jim Gerwing discussing land application of manure with regard to nitrogen and phosphorus management.

Afternoon sessions begin at 1 p.m. after a lunch break. NRCS Conservation Agronomist Jeff Hemenway will explain conservation practices for reducing soil and manure loss from fields.

SDSU Extension Beef Feedlot Specialist Erik Loe will discuss livestock nutrition options for reducing nitrogen and phosphorous content of manure. SDSU Extension Safety and Farm Machinery Specialist Dick Nicolai will discuss air quality issues.

The last session ends at about 4:45 p.m.

Producers who are unable to attend the Jan. 18 training can make plans to take it when the training is offered again July 26 or Oct. 2, also at the Crossroads Hotel and Huron Event Center.

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