BROOKINGS, S.D. - The online registration for the June 27, 2018 Livestock Environmental Training Workshop hosted by SDSU Extension in Huron is now active.
To register, visit the iGrow Events page.
The environmental training session will be in Huron at the Crossroads Convention Center (100 Fourth St. S.W.). The program begins promptly at 8:45 a.m. and concludes at approximately 4:45 p.m.
"The event brings together experts from SDSU Extension, the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service to provide training necessary for General Water Pollution Control Permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations and other certifications," explained Bob Thaler, Professor & SDSU Extension Swine Specialist.
Pre-registration is required by June 22, 2018.
To cover the cost of the event, registration is $50 for the first person from a farm or operation and includes lunch, breaks and training materials. Additional participants from the same farm/operation can register for $50 to receive a binder or $25 for attendance only without additional binders.
At the completion of the workshop, all participants will receive a certificate to document their completion of the program.
Why training is necessary?
Spring of 2017, the S.D. Department of Environmental and Natural Resources reissued the General Water Pollution Control Permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations.
The new permit requires existing permitted operations to obtain coverage under the proposed permit between one to four years after the General Permit is issued. One of the proposed permit conditions for existing permitted operations is that an onsite representative attends an approved environmental training program within the last three years prior to obtaining a new permit.
Also, if the person who attended training no longer works at the operation, another representative must attend training within one year.
This current training program meets the training requirement of the proposed permit as long as it is attended within three years of obtaining coverage under the new permit.
Manure applicators, producers and any other interested individuals who are not currently applying for a permit can also benefit from the information and are encouraged to attend.
Certified Crop Advisor credits are available as well.
"Past attendees of this program have come away with at least one new practice they consider adopting related to land application, livestock feeding, air quality or soil conservation," Thaler said.