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February 2010 IMMAG Update

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.


CURRENT NEWS: The Current News page on the IMMAG site is updated weekly. Please check this site often for the latest news regarding animal feeding operations and manure management issues.

The public comment period for the latest changes to Chapter 65, Animal Feeding Operations, of the Iowa Administrative Code has been extended to 4 p.m. today, Monday, February 15. This rule package is quite extensive and contains provisions that go back several years to update the code.  In addition, this rule package contains new provisions prohibiting application of liquid manure from confinement facilities on snow-covered or frozen ground (except in emergency situations) and stockpiling regulations. A copy of this rule package can be found on page 1534 of the Iowa Administrative Bulletin. Once on this site, scroll until you find the Table of Contents for the Environmental Protection Commission (pg.2) and then click on the page number for Notice to Chapter 65.  Four public hearings for this rule package remain as scheduled:

Written comments for this rule package must be submitted on or before 4 p.m. on February 15, 2010. Send comments to: Gene Tinker, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Wallace State Office Building, 502 E. 9th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319-0034;  fax: (515) 281-8895; email:

Applications for the 2009 Governor's Iowa Environmental Excellence Awards are now available.  These awards are the premier environmental honors in Iowa and recognize leadership in protection and enhancement of natural resources.  Applications are due by March 31, 2010.  For more information please see:

PUBLICATIONS: The National Pork Board recently released a new fact sheet entitled, "Safe Manure Removal Policies." Download the new fact sheet.


As of February 15, there are 14 Manure Applicator Certification Confinement Site workshops scheduled for the remainder of February. Confinement site producers are encouraged to attend one of these workshops to meet certification requirements. For a complete list please see here. Commercial manure applicators and confinement site manure applicator who need to renew their licenses for 2010, and who have not attended a manure applicator workshop, please remember to schedule an appointment at your county extension office to view the training webcast or dvd prior to March 1 to avoid paying the late fees.

There are 5 dry manure applicator workshops scheduled for the remainder of February. These workshops meet the requirements for both commercial manure applicators and confinement applicators and program materials are focused more on dry manure handling, poultry manure research and stockpiling regulations. Please register for one of the following meetings by calling the number listed.

February 16 at 1 p.m. Washington County Extension Office, Washington, 319-653-4811
February 17 at 1 p.m. Ellsworth Library, 515-832-9597
February 19 at 1 p.m. Heartland Museum, Clarion, 515-532-3453
February 22 at 1 p.m. Buena Vista County Extension Office, Storm Lake, 712-732-5056
February 23 at 1 p.m. Greenfield Chamber of Commerce, Greenfield, 641-743-8412


February 2010. Confinement Site Manure Applicator Certification Workshops. Please see here for a complete list of workshop dates, times and locations.

On February 16th, 2010, the Amana Farms Renewable Energy Center and Iowa State University Extension will be holding the education outreach program "On-Farm Anaerobic Digestion: Considering the Options." The program will be held at the Iowa Artists Theatre Co. in the Amana Colonies, and it will be followed by a digester tour at the Renewable Energy Center. The three hour program beginning at 9:00 a.m. will contain information on the Amana Farms beef manure digester including goals and objectives, design and installation, and the farm’s experiences; feasibility considerations for on-farm manure digesters; manure digester opportunities in Iowa; and digester methane production for carbon credits. Following lunch on your own, tours of the Amana Farms digester will be available at the Renewable Energy Center. The registration fee is $25, and attendees do not need to pre-register, they can register on-site. For more information please click here.

February 24. The Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center will be hosting the Webcast "Update from the National Sea Grant and Land Grant Water Quality Conference." Research topics presented will include nutrient losses from stockpiled poultry manure, composting on farms and using best management practices on horse farms. The Webcast starts at 11:00 a.m. (central). For more information including instructions on how to participate please click here.

February 26. The Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center will host the Webcast "Mitigating Air Quality Issues Using Vegetative Environmental Buffers." This Webcast will discuss the effectiveness of Vegetative Environmental Buffers to manage air emissions from animal production facilities. The Webcast starts at 1:30 p.m. (Central). For more information please click here.

Best Wishes,



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

Manure sampling - Click on photo to enlarge

Manure sampling.


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