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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Are you a commercial manure applicator business owner or manager certified in Iowa? If so, we would really appreciate if you could take a few moments to complete a survey. Please click on this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CG6WDK3. The survey will take about 10-15 minutes. The survey will be open until October 31, 2013. Thanks in advance for your time.
Commercial manure applicators and pork producers are reminded now is the time to ramp up biosecurity procedures to help control Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDV). The National Pork Board, the National Pork Producers Council and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians in cooperation with university specialists released these documents earlier this month and additional resources can be found at Pork.Org.
Iowa State University is revising updates to soil-test interpretations application guidelines for phosphorus, potassium and lime in PM 1688, "A General Guide for Crop Nutrient and Limestone Recommendations in Iowa."The printed version of the publication will not be available until later this fall, but the online version will be available in early October. To learn what has changed please see this article, "Update to Iowa Phosphorus, Potassium and Lime Recommendations" published by Antonio Mallarino and John Sawyer in the Integrated Crop Management Newsletter.
Several years ago Iowa State University Extension helped to create a set of record-keeping forms for livestock producers with NPDES permits. Joe Lally, at ISU, has recently updated those forms. They can be found on the plans, permits and regulations page of the IMMAG site, under the tab "Open Feedlots". The forms are numbered 1-11 and the list also includes links to the two required DNR forms for quarterly and annual reports. Be sure to read the instructions provided on the web page for use of the forms. If you have any questions about the use of these forms, please contact Joe Lally at 515-294-1496 or email@example.com.
Now is a great time to make-sure your manure applicator certification status is up-to-date. Commercial manure applicators conducting business in Iowa must attend 3 hours of annual training offered at their local County Extension Office, or, must take and pass the certification exam once every year. The exams are only offered at the DNR field offices. Commercial manure applicators who have not met certification requirements yet this year must do so before they can handle, haul or land-apply manure. Confinement site manure applicators must attend 2 hours of training each year, or take and pass the certification exam once every three years. Additional information for both commercial and confinement site manure applicators can be found on the IMMAG site at http://www.agronext.iastate.edu/immag/mac.html, or on the DNR Web page.
NOTE: As of September 25, DNR and ISU note that 85 commercial manure applicators and 19 confinement site manure applicators have attended training this year, but have not yet submitted paperwork or the appropriate fees to complete certification requirements. You are not certified to apply manure until the DNR receives all appropriate forms and fees. One way to check is to make sure you have a current certification card. If your certification status is in question please call the DNR at 515-281-8648 and speak with Colleen Zeliadt. Failure to meet certification requirements can result in penalties.
The IMMAG Events page is a compilation of manure management related events. Please check the events page often for new listings.
Conservation Planning Workshop, Part II for TSPs and Conservation Planners will be held on Nov. 4-8, at the Boulders Conference Center, Denison, Iowa, This NRCS course prepares the participant to independently apply the NRCS planning process; and to utilize supporting technology to assist clients in making decisions that protect, conserve, and enhance the resources, and meet client needs. This is a required course for those who wish to certify as a TSP the Certified Conservation Planner category and Option 2 of the CAP CNMP certification. Iowa holds this course every other year and class size is limited to the first 25 participants who complete the registration process. A substantial discount for the course is available Technical Service Provider Network members and those who become members prior to November 4, 2013. Question may be directed to Joe Lally at 515-294-1496 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Iowa State University Extension and others are hosting a one-day beef facilities conference on November 21, 2013 at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Anyone wishing to be a sponsor for this event may access sponsorship information at: http://www.aep.iastate.edu/facility/sponsors. Registration and conference details will appear in the October IMMAG newsletter.
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