IMMAG Updates

April 2012

Welcome to the monthly update for the Iowa Manure Management Action Group (IMMAG) Web site. This update is provided as a service to inform you about changes made to the IMMAG Web Page or items of interest dealing with manure management and air quality from animal feeding operations. If you wish to subscribe to this mailing please click here. You may also view this update with direct links on the CURRENT NEWS site on IMMAG.



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Plans have been underway for the past several months to launch the “Water Quality Initiative for Small Iowa Beef and Dairy Feedlot Operations”, or as commonly referred to, the “Small Feedlot Project”. This initiative is an educational outreach plan supported by the Iowa DNR, the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, the Iowa Department of Ag and Land Stewardship, the Iowa State Dairy Association, the USDA-NRCS and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The objective of this initiative is to assist operators of small open feedlots and small dairies in assessing feedlot and outdoor pen areas for potential runoff of manure and nutrients and to implement practices and strategies to mitigate potential manure impacts on water quality. Additional information…..

The role played by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is to develop educational materials for small feedlots and dairies, host these materials as well as others on a dedicated Web page, and coordinate and host field days/demonstration sites where producers can learn about practices and management strategies to reduce runoff impacts on water quality.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has partnered with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to place water quality testing kits in 20 counties. These kits are available for livestock producers to use to check water quality in streams below their feedlots and cow yards. The test kits will come with an instructional video and a fact sheet on water quality testing and impacts. The results of this water testing are confidential and livestock producers are not required to share this information. This testing can help identify if runoff is reaching the stream and the potential impact on aquatic life. Click here for a list of counties hosting the water quality testing kits.

This project is an on-going effort and we encourage you to take advantage of the resources offered through this initiative. As more resources become available in the future look to the IMMAG newsletter, the Iowa Beef Center Newsletter, the ISU Dairy Team Web page as well as information from DNR and others. Field days and other events will be included in future editions of this newsletter.

The Small Feedlots and Dairy Operations Web Page

Clean Water in Our Hands: A Guide for Water Testing and for Beef and Dairy Producers (video)

Testing the Waters: A Beef and Dairy Producer’s Guide to Check Water Quality Below Open Lots

Small Open Beef Feedlots in Iowa- a producer guide

Additional News:

Helping smaller, feedlots, dairies adhere to rules  (Wallaces Farmer, pg 86,  February 2012)

Reducing water quality impacts  (Iowa Beef Center Growing Beef Newsletter, March 2012)

Educating Dairy and Beef Producers on Environmental Issues and Regulatory Concerns for Smaller Farms


All live workshops for confinement site manure applicator training have concluded for 2012. If you still need to attend your annual 2 hours of training to meet manure applicator certification requirements you should contact your County Extension Office to schedule an appointment to watch the training DVD. If your license expired on December 31, 2011, you must meet certification requirements prior to land-applying manure and late fees are now applicable since we are past the March 1 deadline. You may choose to take the certification exam in place of the training requirements. Please contact the local DNR Field Office to schedule an appointment to take the exam.

Commercial manure applicators who still need to meet certification requirements (3 hours of annual training) should contact their County Extension Office  to schedule time to watch the training DVD? Don’t have time to sit through training? You can always schedule an appointment at the local DNR field office to take the certification exam. If you were certified as a commercial manure applicator in 2011 and plan to renew your commercial manure license in 2012 please note late fees are now applicable since it is past the March 1 deadline.


Do you need assistance with manure/nutrient management plans or engineering services? Are you looking to hire a commercial manure application business to haul manure for your livestock farm? IMMAG maintains a list of soil and manure testing labs, as well as lists of manure plan writers, engineering consultants, licensed commercial manure application businesses and links to other consultants on the IMMAG Service Providers page. Contacts on these lists were recently updated. Disclaimer: Neither endorsement of companies, individuals or their services mentioned is intended, nor is criticism implied of similar companies, individuals or their services not mentioned.


The IMMAG Events page is a compilation of manure management related events.  Please check the events page often for new listings.

LPELC Webcast "Adaptive Management” will be held on April 20 at 1:30 p.m. (Central). For more information on this webinar, including how to log-in to participate, please click here.


Angela Rieck-Hinz
2104 Agronomy Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011
(515) 294-9590
Iowa Manure Management Action Group

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