Pork producers and pork industry representatives interested in learning more about current and future environmental issues impacting pork operations can attend an educational seminar "Exceeding Environmental Standards for Profitable Pork Production" on Tuesday, July 20.  

The program will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, located at 141 N. Lakewood in Chatham, Ill. and will begin with registration at 12:30 PM and conclude by 3:45 PM. The program is sponsored by the Illinois Pork Producers Association.

Topics of focus will be: NPDES permits, CAFO rules, air emissions and CNMP's. Bruce Yurdin with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency will discuss "NPDES Permitting Requirements & Process". Ted Funk and Randy Fonner from the University of Illinois Extension will discuss "NPDES Compliance Resources & Assistance". There will also be a question and answer session, where producers can ask specific questions about NPDES permit and CAFO rules as it relates to their operations.

Carrie Tengman, National Pork Board's director of environmental services, also will discuss the proposed National Air Emissions Study/Consent Agreement & Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans.

"This program will be an excellent opportunity for pork producers to learn more about environmental issues that are impacting their operations currently and in the future," says Art Lehmann, IPPA president and a pork producer from Strawn, Ill. "We have invited regulators and experts to help producers better understand these issues."

To make better use of producers' time, IPPA has combined the environmental program with a forum and input session. The IPPA Visioning Session will begin at 4:00 PM, following the environmental program. This session will give producers an opportunity to provide direction on IPPA programs and activities in the coming year's budget.

Producers will have an opportunity to review current IPPA programs and discuss new goals and priorities, while providing comments to IPPA staff and board members.

A meal will be provided as part of the Visioning Session at 5:45 PM. The session will conclude by 8:00 PM.

Advance registration is requested. There is no charge to attend, and all pork producers and industry representatives are invited to participate.

To register or for more information contact the IPPA office at (217) 529-3100 or visit www.ilpork.com