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CAFO environmental training set for June 26

CAFO environmental training set for June 26

By Scout Nelson

On June 26, 2024, the SDSU Extension invites operators of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) to participate in a specialized environmental training session.

This event will be held at the Crossroads Convention Center in Huron, starting with check-in at 8:30 a.m. and concluding around 4:45 p.m.

Experts from SDSU Extension, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service will lead the training. These specialists will share insights on advanced environmental management practices applicable to CAFOs.

Bob Thaler, SDSU Extension Swine Specialist, will discuss adjustments in livestock nutrition to optimize manure content.

Anthony Bly, a Soils Field Specialist, will cover effective nitrogen and phosphorus management in land applications. Jason Gilb will explain the use of land application manure worksheets to enhance soil health.

Kent Vlieger and Jason Roggow will present strategies on soil erosion prevention and detail the DANR’s livestock permit program, respectively. Water and air quality management will be addressed by Sushant Mehan and Xufei Yang, focusing on maintaining environmental standards in CAFO operations.

The training is a mandatory requirement for CAFO permit holders, ensuring compliance with the General Water Pollution Control Permit reissued by the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources in spring 2017.

It is also open to manure applicators, policymakers, and anyone interested in CAFO environmental practices.

Registration for the event is available on the SDSU Extension Events page under "CAFO." The fee is $50, covering lunch, breaks, and all training materials.

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