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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The Environmental Protection Commission, a panel of nine Iowa citizens who provide policy oversight regarding Iowa's environmental protection efforts met on October 16 in Des Moines to review the science related to manure application on soybean ground. The EPC declined to implement a complete ban of application of liquid manure to ground being planted to soybean. The current rule remains in place and reads "…. liquid manure applied to land that is currently planted to soybeans or to land where the current crop has been harvested and that will be planted to soybeans the next crop season shall not exceed 100 pounds of available nitrogen per acre. Further, the 100 pounds per acre application limitation in the previous sentence does not apply on or after June 1 of each year, in that event 65.17(6) and Table 4 would apply as provided in the first sentence of this paragraph." See IAC 65.17(18)c.
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach hosted two small feedlot field days at the end of October near Wall Lake and Andover, Iowa. The field days were attended by 62 people. Each location offered attendees a look at different manure control structures that allow the small feedlot owners to better manage manure from the feedlots and to protect nearby surface water resources. At both of these locations we heard from owners of the feedlots about their concerns to protect water quality, decisions they made to proceed with putting in manure control structures including the type of manure control structure, if and how they sought out technical help, and the technical and financial resources that are available to help. We recognize that producer-to-producer learning is often the best way to learn about new practices or what does or does not work when putting in a manure control structure.
ISU Extension and Outreach is currently evaluating potential sites for field days for 2013. If you feel your small beef feedlot or dairy operation would be a good location for field day and you are willing to share the process you went through to make changes and why you made those changes we would like the opportunity to meet with you. Please contact Angie at the contact info listed below. Your contact information and situation will remain confidential until you decide if you want to host a field day.
With that being said, I would like to be transparent about this issue. When we host field days and other Extension manure management events we often ask folks to sign-in at a field day or event. One of the reasons we do this is so we can let you know about future events with a direct mailing. The second reason we do this is because some of the work we do requires us to follow-up with you after several months to evaluate if you have made any changes to your farming operation as a result of attending an event. We do not share our attendance records or our mailing lists with anyone, but you should know these are subject to the open records law of the State of Iowa if an individual or group feels compelled to have such information.
This initiative is supported by the Iowa State Dairy Association, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, Iowa Department of Ag and Land Stewardship, USDA-NRCS, and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, and is supported in part by a section 319 grant from the IDNR and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7. More information is available in the events list below.
Manure application is wrapping up for this fall. We want to say thanks to everyone for the pictures you have shared as well as the stories you relate that help us to develop training for manure applicators. If you have photos you think we could use in our training materials please do not hesitate to send them to us. In particular we are always looking for photos of signage for commercial manure applicators and photos that provide a “learning opportunity” to share with other applicators. We also want to acknowledge the great job you all do in safely applying Iowa’s manure nutrient resources. Now it is time to think about training requirements for 2013.
Commercial manure applicator training for business owners/manager and employees is scheduled for Friday, January 4, 2013 from 9 a.m. to noon in 69 Iowa county Extension offices and one location in Wisconsin. You can access the list of training locations by clicking here.
This postcard will be mailed to all commercial manure applicator business owners/managers in early December. Please be sure to share this information with you employees as the card is only mailed to the business owners. Be sure to register for this event with the location where you plan to attend. Some county Extension offices in Iowa will host training at different dates so please consult with your local office to inquire if there is alternative training.
If you are a commercial manure applicator that primarily deals with dry or solid manure resources, we encourage you to attend one of the seven dry manure workshops scheduled for February 2013. The list of those dates and locations is also available at the link above.
Confinement site applicators, before you think about manure applicator certification requirements for 2013, you must make sure your 2012 training requirement have been met. Confinement site applicators are required to attend 2 hours of training each year to maintain their 3-year license. If you miss a year of training during your three-year certification period, you will be required to take and pass the remedial exam prior to renewing your next certificate. Be sure you have attended the required 2 hours of training this year. To determine your official training status please contact the DNR at 515-281-8648 to speak with Colleen Zeliadt with the Manure Applicator Certification program. You can also check to see if you have the “green” copy of your annual training form dated 2012. You may attend training until the end of December to meet 2012 requirements, but you must contact your county Extension office to schedule an appointment for training.
You can access a list of 2013 Confinement Site Manure Applicator workshop dates and location by clicking here. New for this year, we have included a calendar “app” for the list of workshop dates and locations. Find the meeting you plan to attend either by clicking on the colored county on the map or in the table. Then click on the calendar symbol in the column "add to my calendar" Click open to get a pop-up box for your computer calendar, then click save and close. This format should work across several different calendar platforms. As this is new feature for us, please send me any feedback you may have or any difficulty you encounter. The dry manure certification workshops on this list are the same for the commercial applicators.
If training does not work in your schedule, you may contact a DNR Field Office to schedule an appointment to take the certification exam.
The IMMAG Events page is a compilation of manure management related events. Please check the events page often for new listings.
November 30, 2012. The LPELC Webcast "4R’s of Nutrient Stewardship" will be available at 1:30 p.m. (central). This webcast is available to all for viewing. You can access more details about the webcast, the speakers, and how to participate at: http://www.extension.org/sites/default/files/12novflyer_1.pdf
January 4, 2013. Iowa Commercial Manure Applicator Certification Training will be held in selected Iowa County Extension offices and one location in Wisconsin from 9 a.m. to noon.
January-February 2013. Iowa Confinement Site Manure Applicator Certification Workshops. For a list of dates and locations please click here.
April 1-5, 2013. The Waste to Worth: Spreading Science and Solutions conference will be held in Denver, CO.
During this season of thankfulness, I want to say how grateful I am for those who support Iowa State University’s outreach and education programs in manure management. Our goal is to help you best manage a nutrient resource and we can’t do that without help from our partners, our extension specialists, our subscribers and all of those folks willing to go to extra lengths to share photos and help develop training video. Thanks!
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