Extension CAFO training session set for Feb. 24

An environmental training session for operators of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, or CAFOs, is set for Feb. 24 in Huron.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Crossroads Convention Center, 100 Fourth St. S.W. in Huron. The cost is $40 and includes lunch, breaks, and training materials. The program begins at 8:50 a.m. and concludes at approximately 4:45 p.m.

To register for the training, call Candy Willms at 605-688-5141.

Specialists from the South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service, the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service are offering the training. It fulfills the environmental and manure-management training requirement to obtain a livestock permit for CAFOs from the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

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

During the morning session, Extension Air Quality and Waste Management Specialist Erin Cortus will discuss water quality. Bob Thaler will lead a session on livestock nutrition options for reducing nitrogen and phosphorus content of manure. Jason Roggow will give an overview of the South Dakota DENR Livestock Permit program.

In the afternoon, South Dakota State University�s Ron Gelderman, will discuss managing nitrogen and phosphorus in land applications of manure. Eric Barsness will talk about practices for reducing soil and manure loss from fields. Gelderman and Barsness will also host a session on using worksheets for land application of manure.

Cortus will conclude the day�s training with a session on air quality and odor. Certified Crop Advisor credits are available for attending this program.

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