Manure storage capacity and containment of feedlot runoff are issues that plague many livestock facilities, large and small. This year's Certified Livestock Manager Training workshops in Illinois will address those issues and assist producers in their efforts to comply with the latest round of environmental regulations affecting the livestock industry.
        
University of Illinois Extension will sponsor one CLMT workshop in December and eight workshops in January, February and March 2005. These workshops have been approved by the Illinois Department of Agriculture as meeting the training certification requirement for a Certified Livestock Manager.
        
Workshops will be held in these Illinois locations:
        
Dec. 16, Breese (focus on beef/dairy)
Jan. 12, Effingham
Jan. 18, Galesburg (focus on swine)
Jan. 31, Bloomington (focus on swine)
Feb. 23, Nashville (focus on swine)
March 1, Freeport (focus on beef/dairy)
March 2, Mt. Carroll (focus on swine)
March 3, Sycamore
March 9, Springfield
        
The IDOA requires producers with more than 300 animal units to attend an approved training session or successfully complete the IDOA's written examination. Producers with more than 1,000 animal units must do both.
        
Randy Fonner, University of Illinois Extension specialist and workshop coordinator, knows that livestock producers face a monumental task in their efforts to comply with the variuos regulations that different state agencies require. 
   
"The thrust of all these regulations," says Fonner, "is containing manure and polluted runoff, and keeping clean water clean. So those are some of the issues that we'll be talking about specifically in these workshops– manure storage and feedlot runoff."
        
To register for a workshop or purchase a manual or CD, call (800) 345-6087. Prices are listed below and payment is by phone or mail:
 
CLMT Manual only:  $40.00 + $6.50 shipping = $46.50
CLMT Manual CD only:  $16.50 + $6.50 shipping = $21.50
CLMT Manual & CD:  $53.50 + $6.50 shipping = $56.00
CLMT Workshop Registration:  $15.00 per person
Workshop walk-ins:  $75.00 per person

Register at least two weeks before the workshop you would like to attend so that the manual (or CD) can be mailed to you. If you have questions, contact Fonner at (217) 333-2611 or e-mail him at refonner@uiuc.edu.

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