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January 2008 IMMAG Update

Welcome to the monthly electronic 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 receive this mailing or have your name removed from the mailing list please contact me at (515) 294-9590 or 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.

As we head into the Legislative session, a list of bills affecting animal feeding operations and manure management issues will be posted to the Current News and Legislation section of the IMMAG web page. Check this site often to keep up to date with the latest news and bills.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a rule that would exempt animal feeding operations from the requirement to report emissions from animal wastes. This exemption would not apply to other emissions from farm sources but only to animal wastes. "Specifically, the proposed administrative reporting exemption applies to releases of hazardous substances to the air where the source of those hazardous substances is animal waste at farms." A copy of the proposed rule and instructions on how to make comments regarding this rule can be found at: Comments must be received by March 27, 2008.  Comments must be identified as Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-SFUND-

From IMMAG partner, the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation: Farm*A*Syst is a web-based self-assessment tool that encourages Iowans to take cost-effective voluntary actions to fix and prevent problems affecting drinking water and surface water.  Problems can include manure management concerns, pesticide spills, leaking fuel storage tanks, poor well maintenance and inadequate septic systems. Whether you grow soybeans or corn, raise cattle or hogs, manage 10 acres or 1,000 acres, Iowa Farm*A*Syst is the program to get you started in determining environmental risks at your farmstead.

Individual farmers and non-farm rural residents can select specific topics that fit their operation or farmstead.  Each brief publication on the web site gives you a solid background on the subject and an assessment worksheet for you to evaluate on-farm practices affecting water quality.  The web publications are designed to give the reader some background on the subject matter so they can complete a short assessment of their current practices.  The materials are written so that farmers and acreage owners who value confidentiality can use the materials without having to seek outside advice.  Also included are references to Iowa environmental laws and contact information for additional technical advice, if you choose.

Farm*A*Syst publications can be found on the Publications page of the IMMAG Web site.  

PUBLICATIONS:  The latest edition in the Iowa Manure Manager fact sheet series is now available on the IMMAG Web page. "What is Meant by Crop Availability of Manure Nutrients?" can now be found on the IMMAG publications page.

EVENTS: For a complete list of events, please see the IMMAG events page

January 18, 2008. The Livestock and Poultry Environmental (LPE) Learning Center will be hosting their monthly webcast on January 18 at 1:30 p.m. (central). The title of the webcast for January is "Dry Manure Housing Systems for Beef and Dairy Operations" and will be presented by Shawn Shouse, Iowa State University and Kevin Janni, University of Minnesota.This webcast is available to all and can be accessed at: If you are not able to participate the day of the webcast, you may access archived sessions at the same web url.

January 23-24, 2008. Come and visit the IMMAG and Iowa Pork Industry Center booth at the 2008 Iowa Pork Congress held at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines. We will be located in booth 1127. ISU and NRCS staff will be available in the IMMAG booth to answer your questions about manure management issues such as manure management plans, the P Index, current research, cost-share opportunities and other topics.

January-February 2008. There are 81 confinement site manure applicator workshops scheduled during this time in 72 different County Extension offices. A complete list of workshop dates and locations can be found here. Make plans now to attend a workshop to meet your annual two hours of training to complete your manure applicator certification requirements. If you are a currently certified confinement site applicator, you should have received a brochure in the mail in December listing the dates and locations. If you did not receive a brochure, please see the link above or contact your County Extension office for a list of dates and locations.

February 2008. Five dry manure applicator certification workshops have been scheduled in February. If you plan to attend, please contact the location where you plan to attend. Each workshop will start at 9 a.m. and end at noon. Dry manure workshops will meet certification requirements for both confinement site applicators and commercial manure applicators.

February 11, 2008. Branding Iron Restaurant, Thompson, IA 641-584-2261

February 14, 2008. Buena Vista County Extension Office, Storm Lake, IA 712-732-5056

February 19, 2008. Washington County Extension Office, Washington, IA 319-653-4811

February 20, 2008. Adair County Extension Office, Greenfield, IA 641-743-8412

February 22, 2008. Heartland Museum, Clarion, IA 515-532-3453

February 13-14, 2008. Soil and Water Management Short Course. This course takes an in-depth look at soil structure, properties, and water movement through soils. Also covered is the impact of tillage practices and residue management on soil properties. Specialists from the National Soil Tilth Laboratory will be discussing effects of conservation practices and cover crops on Iowa watersheds. Additional information and registration can be found at:

February 19-20, 2008. Soil Fertility Short Course. Principles of soils, soil fertility, and nutrient management are reviewed in this 2-day course. Additional information, including the course agenda, location and registration can be found at:

February 25-27, 2008. The Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP) Development Course will be held in Louisville, Ky. The CNMP Development Course is designed to prepare consultants for USDA certification as Technical Service Providers (TSP) through Iowa State's national certification program. Registration information can be found at:

March 11-13, 2008. The Heartland Water Coordination Initiative's Animal Manure Management Team will hold a continuing education program for technical service providers (TSP) involved in writing Nutrient Management Plans (CNMP/NMP). This will be held in Omaha, NE from March 11-13. Through hands-on workshops, participants will learn the latest research based information on manure and nutrient management and acquire advanced skills for helping clients achieve their goals. Registration is available at:

March 19, 2008. IMMAG, Iowa State University Extension and the IA NRCS will host the next RUSLE2 and Iowa Phosphorus Index workshop at the Carroll County Extension Office in Carroll, IA. Registration for this workshop is now open and can be accessed at:

March 25-27, 2008. Liners and Covers for Agricultural Waste Storage. This three-day short course is designed for engineers, consultants, regulators, educators and others who are involved in the selection, specification, design, installation or testing of liner and cover systems for manure or waste storage systems. The workshop will be held in Fresno, CA. Registration for this workshop will open soon. For more information contact Robert Burns at


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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