A University of Illinois Extension Web site designed to provide information about certified livestock management training has been revised and updated. The site, which contains new features for Illinois manure-management plans and livestock regulations, is available at www.clmt.uiuc.edu.

Randy Fonner, Extension specialist, certified livestock manager training, and Ted Funk, Extension specialist, bioenvironmental engineering redesigned the Web site, to provide more information about regulatory requirements for Illinois livestock producers regarding the Certified Livestock Manager Training workshops. Details are available on who has to be certified, how producers can become certified, how to sign up for workshops, where the workshops will be held, and who to contact with questions.It provides a link to access the CLMT quiz site, for those who want to become certified through a series of five quizzes on the Internet. 

There's also a link to the new Web site "EZRegs-Making Sense of Illinois Farm Regulations" on the page, under "state and federal rules."  "EZRegs makes it convenient to find and understand the many regulations that affect the day-to-day operations of producers and other agricultural and horticultural professionals," says Funk.

That site has a database of 13 sets of regulations, including those from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency's Livestock Regulations (Parts 501, 506, 560, 570, & 580), the Livestock Management Facility Act (Section 900), the Illinois Construction Site Stormwater Permit, the Illinois Pesticide Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Historic Resources Preservation Act.

"Users of the Web site can now access sections on four different operation types--Livestock Production, Food Crop Production, Ornamental Horticulture Production and Landscape Maintenance," Funk notes.  "Within these sections, they will find regulations on pesticides and worker safety."

After choosing an operation type, users can scroll through a list of frequently asked questions; click on any question and it will pull up all the relevant regulations.

Web-site users also will find information, forms, spreadsheets and instructions about developing a manure-management plan under the link “Illinois Manure Management Plan.” There are two options for developing a manure-management plan.  The first is a step-by-step workbook for forms, instructions, and reference material to assist in developing a plan.  Forms and spreadsheets can be downloaded and customized.

The second and newest option is the Web-based Illinois Manure-Management Plan, which allows users to put together a manure-management plan on-line through an interview type interface, which prompts users for information. Information is securely stored on University of Illinois servers and is available to users all the time.  Recordkeeping, calendars, calculations, mapping, reminders and more, are handled by this on-line Web site. 

An additional link is the Manure Share program, where manure can be shared by those “looking to spread it around” and by those looking for fresh or composted manure to use on fields, gardens, and so forth. 

Composting manure information can be found, along with information about state regulations. Another link provides an incomplete list of commercial manure applicators that work in Illinois.

"Livestock producers looking for someone to spread the manure on their fields or on their neighbors' fields can find names, addresses, and phone numbers for Illinois applicators," Funk says. "You should contact them about the type of equipment they use, and the geographic area they work in, to match with your needs."

Yet another link takes you to University of Illinois Extension’s Agricultural Safety and Health Web site. It provides research-based information and resources that assist individuals and organizations to understand and prevent injury and illness while working in and around Illinois ag businesses.

"This is a valuable Web site to bookmark and return to when you have questions or seek information about operating safely, or about occupational and environmental health concerns," Funk says.

For information about the new Web site, contact Randy Fonner, certified livestock manager training coordinator, at (217) 333-2611 or e-mail at clmt@uiuc.edu.

Source: University of Illinois