Agriculture

Workshops will help farmers meet state livestock management requirements

By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Posted: Jan. 12, 2020 12:01 am

PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- Workshops will be held in 10 locations across Illinois, including Springfield and Pittsfield, to help livestock producers meet the requirements of the Illinois Livestock Management Facilities Act.

A Feb. 5 session begins at 12:30 p.m. at the Illinois Pork Expo at the Bank of Springfield Center in Springfield. A Feb. 6 workshop begins at 9 a.m. at the Pike-Scott Farm Bureau, 1301 E. Washington in Pittsfield, and a second Springfield workshop will begin at 9 a.m. Feb. 26 in the Illinois Department of Agriculture Auditorium on the state fairgrounds.

Workshop curriculum covers the basics of nutrient management as well as new technologies, research and trends. All trainings take 3.5 hours with the Illinois Department of Agriculture exam administered after the training.

The act requires facilities with 300 or more animal units to have at least one employee certified in proper manure handling procedures. For facilities with 300 to 999 animal units, at least one employee must attend a workshop or pass the IDOA's certified livestock manager exam. Employees of facilities with 1,000 or more animal units must do both to achieve certification.

Producers are encouraged to register online at go.illinois.edu/clmt at least two weeks in advance to ensure a seat for the session that fits their schedule.

Workshop cost is $35 per person, but if more than one employee from the same farm signs up, each additional registration will cost $25. Lunch will not be offered, but coffee and snacks will be provided.

Producers and employees also have the option of taking five online quizzes. Passing the quizzes is the equivalent of attending a workshop but does not substitute for passing the state exam. Registration for the online program is available at go.illinois.edu/clmt. There is no charge to take the online quizzes other than the cost of a manual.