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November 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.
The Current News page on the IMMAG site is updated weekly. Follow the Iowa Manure Management Action Group on Twitter at @iowamanure.
The public comment period on the EPA’s proposed CAFO reporting requirements is open until December 20, 2011.
We all know how long winter can be in Iowa. Take a few minutes to read the IMMAG feature story this month titled “Manure Management: Preparing for Winter, Part 1.”
Attention Confinement Site Applicators: In early December the DNR will mail letters to confinement site applicators who missed their annual 2 hour training requirement in either 2010 or 2011 or for both years. If records show you missed training in 2010, please review you own records and contact the DNR (515-281-8648) if your records show differently. If in fact you did miss training in 2010, you will have to take the remedial exam prior to be eligible to renew your manure applicator certification in 2012. If you have not attended training in 2011, you can still schedule time at your local County Extension office to meet training requirements for this year.Attention Commercial Manure Applicators, I need your help. Your colleagues have suggested we compile a list of the top 10 things you can do to avoid a manure spill and use that information in your commercial manure applicator training in January. Send your top ten or top five, or top idea to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will compile a list of the most popular ideas. If you have photos you want to share as well, that would be helpful. Due by December 2. Thanks! So far there has only been one submission.
The IMMAG Events page is a compilation of manure management related events. Please check the events page often for new listings.
December 9, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. (central). Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center Webcast “EPA Proposed CAFO Reporting Rule”. Visit the IMMAG events page for more details or read the current news section above.
January 5, 2012. Iowa Commercial Manure Applicator Training. Please see here for a list of locations offering the training workshop.
January - February 2012. Iowa Confinement Site Manure Applicator Workshops. Please see here for an interactive map and table showing a list of dates and locations.
During this season of giving thanks, I want to thank my colleague, Rachel Klein, and my web designer Liisa Jarvinen for all of the great work they do for IMMAG, Manure Applicator Certification and all of the other manure educational programs we offer. Their dedication, skills and knowledge are what make all of this work on our end. And thanks to our partners, farmers, manure applicators, service providers and Extension staff for your support.
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