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Register for Livestock Environmental Training Workshop
South Dakota Ag Connection - 08/10/2018

South Dakotans have an opportunity to fulfill a permitting requirement for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) by attending the Livestock Environmental Training Workshop hosted by SDSU Extension and partners in Huron at the Crossroads Convention Center (100 Fourth St. S.W.) Aug. 29. The program begins at 8:45 a.m. and will conclude by 4:45 p.m. (CST).

"Past attendees of this program have come away with at least one new practice they would consider adopting related to land application, livestock feeding, air quality or soil conservation," said Bob Thaler, professor & SDSU Extension swine specialist. "This is also an excellent opportunity for people not familiar with modern livestock production to attend and learn how producers protect the environment."

Pre-registration is required by Aug. 27. To register, visit the iGrow Events page.

To cover the cost of the event, registration is $50 for the first person from a farm or operation and includes lunch, breaks and training materials. Additional participants from the same farm/operation can register for $50 to receive a binder or $25 for attendance only without additional binders.

All participants will receive a certificate to document their completion of the program.

Specialists from SDSU Extension, the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service are offering the training.

This current training program meets the training requirement of the proposed General Water Pollution Control Permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations permit as long as it is attended within three years of obtaining coverage under the new permit.

In Spring 2017, the S.D. Department of Environmental and Natural Resources reissued the General Water Pollution Control Permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations.

The new permit requires existing permitted operations to obtain coverage under the proposed permit between one to four years after the General Permit is issued.

One of the proposed permit conditions for existing permitted operations is that an onsite representative attends an approved environmental training program within the last three years prior to obtaining a new permit.

If the person who attended training no longer works at the operation, another representative must attend training within one year.

Manure applicators, 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.

Certified Crop Advisor credits are available as well.

For more information, contact Thaler at 605-688-5435 or John McMaine, SDSU Extension water management engineer at 605-688-5610.

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