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January 2009 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.

EPA has finalized a rule providing a full exemption for reporting air releases of hazardous substances from animal waste at farms to the federal government under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).

However, the rule still requires large animal feeding operations to report certain types of releases to local and state agencies as directed by the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).

If your livestock operation has more than 1,000 animal units, please go to CERCLA/EPCRA Reporting section of the Animal Agriculture and Air Quality Web page at and read the documents titled "EPA Fact Sheet" and "CERCLA/EPCRA Procedures" to determine if your animal feeding operation is impacted by this regulation.

If your operation is affected by these rules, please consult additional tools on this site for help in calculating emissions. If you are required to report emissions please follow these 3 basic steps.

Step 1: You must call state and local agencies: the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) and the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC).   The contact number for the Iowa SERC is (515) 281-8694**. The LEPC is usually associated with your county emergency management agency, whose telephone number should be in your local telephone directory, or accessible via the internet

Step 2:  Within 30 days of the call that you made in Step 1, the person in charge of the farm operation must complete and submit a continuous release form to the SERC and LEPC.  The form can be downloaded on-line.
Guidance for completing the form is found at

Step 3: On the first anniversary date of the initial written notification, you need to reassess and confirm the accuracy of your calculations to the SERC and the LEPC in writing.

Additional information on the site includes emissions calculators for individual species as well as other contact information. Because of the dynamic nature of this requirement, new information will be posted as it becomes available.

** Please see the DNR's press release for more information about contacting the Iowa DNR as the State Emergency Response Commission for the State of Iowa.

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

January and February 2009. Iowa State University Extension will host 82 training workshops for confinement site manure applicators. These workshops will meet the mandated 2 hours of annual training for confinement site manure applicators. For information on workshop location and dates please see the Confinement Site Manure Applicator Brochure. Additional information for confinement site manure applicators can be found at:

Visit IMMAG and the Iowa Pork Industry Center at the 2009 Iowa Pork Congress on January 28-29 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. Stop by the booth and say hi and have all of your manure management questions answered.

The Annual Conference for the Professional Nutrient Applicators Association of Wisconsin will be held January 27-28, 2009 at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells. The train the trainer Level 1 certification training for Wisconsin is now a pre-conference workshop held the afternoon before (Jan 26) at the same location. Visit for more information.

Five dry manure applicator certification workshops will be held in February 2009. These workshops will meet certification training requirements for both commercial and confinement site applicators. For more information about this series of workshops, please call Angie at 515-294-9590.

February 4, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. at the County Extension Office in Storm Lake

February 11, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. at the Branding Iron Restaurant in Thompson

February 18, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Ellsworth

February 20, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. at the Heartland Museum in Clarion

February 24, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. at the Greenfield Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room in Greenfield



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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