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July 2011 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.



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During the last week in June, the E.P.A. conducted a flyover in northeast Iowa.  During these events E.P.A. is looking at livestock farms that may have manure discharges from their farms.  I urge you to take a good look at your livestock operation and if manure or process wastewater is moving off your farm into water sources to come up with a plan to correct the situation.  If you are not sure what to look for or how to get started contact your local Extension livestock specialist or ag engineer, seek input from local DNR or NRCS staff, contact the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers, or contact a professional engineer or consultant that deals in these issues.  Coming to the conclusion you don’t have a problem because your livestock operation is “too small” or that “they will never find me” is not a good way to deal with the situation and could likely cause you to end up with some kind of action or fine leveraged against your livestock operation.  Really folks, this is about protecting water sources so let’s keep “it” out of the creek and let’s use “it” wisely as a fertilizer source for our crops. 

Ten Tips to Prepare for EPA Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Inspections

A recent reorganization to the DNR’s Web site changed many of the links of the IMMAG Web Page.  Please be patient as we work to add the new links and to reorganize sections of the IMMAG Plans, Permits and Regulations page to make it more user friendly.  If you are looking for something on the IMMAG site or the DNR web page and can’t find it please contact me or the DNR and we will do our best to help you find the materials from the broken links.  You can find the DNR’s Animal Feeding Operations web page here.


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

On July 13 Iowa State University Extension and the Iowa Beef Center are hosting a manure field day at the Mike Bettin feedlot in Sac County.  The address is 3087 Hwy 71 and this is the north feedlot.  Please park on the south side of the feedlot along 310th St.  The purpose of this field day is to share information and offer some alternative manure handling options for open feedlots and dairy operations with less than 1,000 animal units.  In particular we will show an effluent pumping demonstration that removes effluent from the settling basin and pumps it on to cropland rather than discharging the effluent.  We will also spend some time discussing how livestock operations are defined as medium-size Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations. We will demonstrate how to calibrate your solid manure application equipment and showcase several types of spreaders. Our IDALS, NRCS and DNR partners will discuss cost-share and technical assistance opportunities.  The field day starts at 1 p.m. and will occur rain or shine.  You can read more about this field day here.

July 13-15.  The Farm Pilot Project Coordination, Inc is hosting the Midwest Regional Technology Summit “Strategies to Increase Yields and Revenue on the Farm Using Nitrogen Capture and Renewable Energy Technologies” in Des Moines, Iowa.  For more info see:

Don’t forget the North America Manure Handling Expo in Norfolk, NE on July 20. This promises to be a large and dynamic event with multiple workshops, demonstrations, vendor booths and other activities. This is a great place for commercial applicators and livestock producers to see the latest in equipment and technology and to attend a wide variety of educational sessions.  I hope to see you there!
Link to Expo Web Site

ISU Extension, IMMAG and NRCS are offering an Introductory RUSLE2 and Iowa P Index workshop on July 26 at the Polk County Extension office.  Registration for this workshop is open and is limited to 30 attendees.  Click here for more information.

Check out the Iowa Learning Farms web page for a list of upcoming field days.

Don’t forget to visit the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers Web page for a list of events and tours scheduled for this summer. 

Best Wishes,

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

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The crowd at the 2009 Manure Expo watches a demonstration of “injecting” solid feedlot manure.  Click to enlarge

Plan to attend one of the many educational sessions at the 2011 Manure Expo.  CLICK TO ENLARGE