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January 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.

One of our consultants suggested I share this reminder. Please be mindful of snow loads on building roofs. Several roofs have collapsed this winter causing injury and death to animals.
If you need assistance getting the snow off of your buildings, contact your contractors to ask for assistance in finding resources in handling these matters or take action to remove the snow.

The DNR is currently holding public hearings regarding the latest changes to Chapter 65, Animal Feeding Operations, of the Iowa Administrative Code. 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:

January 15, 2010 11 a.m. Wallace State Office Building Auditorium, Des Moines
January 15, 2010 4:30 p.m. Cass County Community Center, Atlantic
January 20, 2010 1:30 p.m. Marr Park Conservation Center, Ainsworth
February 1, 2010 1:30 p.m. NIACC Muse-Norris Conference Center, Mason City

Written comments for this rule package must be submitted on or before February 1, 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:


Situation:  On December 29, 2009, a new EPA federal requirement for reporting Greenhouse Gases (GHG) went into effect. The rule requires reporting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from large sources and suppliers in the United States, and is intended to collect accurate and timely emissions data to inform future policy decisions. However, EPA has halted implementation of these reporting requirements for manure management due to Congressional budget restrictions.  The simple way to state this is that the law is effective, but there is no money for implementation of reporting requirements during this fiscal year. (Oct 1, 2009 through September 30, 2010).

How does this affect you? First, it is likely this law may not impact many facilities in Iowa due to size. However, if you have a facility over the size listed in the following table you should begin keeping records to determine if you meet the emissions reporting threshold.


Facilities that emit 25,000 metric tons or more per year of GHG emissions are required to submit annual reports to EPA.  Manure Management sources are required to report under Subpart JJ.

The law requires emissions calculations begin January 1 with the first reports due March 2010.  It is unclear at this time if: 1) reporting requirements would begin if budget constraints are lifted at the beginning of the next fiscal year, (Oct 1, 2011), 2) the reporting deadline will be extended if budget restraints are lifted, 3) if you need to be doing calculations now for reporting in the future, and 4) how EPA will address these issues. More information will be shared as it becomes available.

Additional Resources:
Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center webcast “Greenhouse Gas Emissions Estimation and Reporting” at this url.

EPA’s Greenhouse Gases Rule Web Page

Air Quality Situation #2: In January 2009 this email newsletter contained information about the requirement for large animal feeding operations to report certain types of releases to local and state agencies through the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). If you were required to file a report in January or February 2009, you need to determine if you need to file a report again this year. Under the continuous release reporting form, no further reporting is required for routine releases unless the rate, quantity or ownership changes. If such changes have occurred, you will need to repeat the 3 step reporting requirement. Reporting requirements, forms and tools can be found on ISU Extension’s Animal Agriculture and Air Quality Web page.. Once on this site, click on the CERCLA/EPCRA Reporting link.  If you need assistance with this reporting requirement please contact your ISU Ag Engineering Field Specialist or the contacts listed on the Web Page.

Additional Resources:  EPA Fact Sheet and 3 Step Process for Reporting

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


Confinement site manure applicators please plan to attend your local Confinement Site Manure Applicator Workshop scheduled for January and February. A complete list of workshops is available at this url. In addition, ISU Extension will be offering a confinement site applicator workshop at the Iowa Pork Congress. The session will be held on Thursday January 28 from 10 a.m. to noon. You must register for this session by contacting Tyler Bettin, Iowa Pork Producers Association, at 800-372-7675. There is no cost to attend the session and the session is open to all producers.


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

January 15, 2010.  The Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center will be hosting the Webcast "Coupling Manure & Cover Crops/Slurry Seeding". Cover crops are an effective way to capture and recycle manure nutrients, protecting soil and water quality. The webcast will cover research on the effectiveness of cover crops and also show some innovative research where the seed is mixed with the manure slurry allowing for manure application and cover crop seeding to be done in a single pass. The speakers are Jeremy Singer, USDA ARS and Tim Harrigan, Michigan State University. The Webcast starts at 1:30 pm (CDT). For more information including instructions on how to participate please click here.

January 25-27, 2010.  The Professional Nutrient Applicators Association of Wisconsin is hosting their Annual Meeting and Symposium at the Chula Vista Resort, Wisconsin Dells. For more information, click here.

January 27 and 28, 2010. Join us at the Iowa Pork Congress. The Iowa Manure Management Action Group and the Iowa Pork Industry Center will team up to host a booth. You can find us in booth 1127. Swine specialists, campus specialists, ag engineers and agronomists will be on hand to answer questions.

February 2010. There are 6 dry manure applicator certification meetings scheduled around the state in February. These workshops meet the certification requirements for both commercial and confinement site manure applicators that handle dry manure. A list of these meetings can be found on the IMMAG Events page.

February 9-10, 2010. ISU Extension will offer the Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management Short Course at the Knapp-Storms Dining Complex on campus at Iowa State University. This 2 day short course covers the principles of soils, soil fertility, and nutrient management. A total of 12.5 CCA credits are available.  For program and registration information please see:

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.

The 2010 Manure Expo will be held in State College Pennsylvania on July 15, 2010. The theme is "Balancing Conservation and Production." Registration for exhibitors is currently open and available at this url or contact Robb Meinen at (814) 865-5986, or

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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