11/24/2014 13:20


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Workshops have been scheduled to provide Illinois livestock producers the manure management training they need to meet the requirements of the state's Livestock Management Facilities Act. 

The Certified Livestock Manager Training workshops will be held in ten locations throughout the state beginning Dec. 18 in Bloomington and concluding March 11 in Springfield. Workshops also are scheduled Jan. 13 in Effingham, Jan. 14 in Newton, Jan. 28 in Breese, Jan. 29 in Nashville, Feb. 3 in Peoria, Feb. 24 in Sycamore, Feb. 25 in Galesburg and Feb. 26 in Freeport.   

"Each workshop will offer a general curriculum designed to keep producers current on the latest industry practices," Warren Goetsch, bureau chief of Environmental Programs for the Illinois Department of Agriculture, said.  "The curriculum will cover not only the basics of nutrient management, but also new technologies, research and trends so even producers who have completed the training before and are renewing their certification will benefit."  

The Livestock Management Facilities Act requires facilities with 300 or more animal units to have at least one employee certified in proper manure handling procedures.  For facilities with 300 to 999 animal units, the employee either must attend a workshop or pass the Illinois Department of Agriculture's Certified Livestock Manager exam.  Employees of facilities with 1,000 or more animal units must do both to achieve certification. 

Employees also have the option of taking five online quizzes.  Passing them is the equivalent of having attended a workshop, but does not substitute for passing the Certified Livestock Manager exam.

To register for a workshop, call the University of Illinois Extension at 1-800-345-6087 or go online to www.livestocktraining.com/register.   The cost is $30.  If more than one employee from the same farm signs-up, each registration after the first will cost $20, a $10 discount. 

The workshops will use the instructional manual for the national Livestock and Poultry Environmental Stewardship (LPES) Curriculum, which can be bought at the time of registration for $67.50, including shipping and handling.  The manual also is available on compact disc for $32.50.  There is no charge to take the online quizzes other than the cost of a manual.  To register for the online program option, contact Laura Pepple by calling (217) 244-0083 or by e-mailing lpepple2@illinois.edu.       

The complete schedule of workshop dates, times and locations follows:





Dec. 18

Evergreen FS Auditorium

402 N. Hershey Rd.

Bloomington, Ill.

All workshops begin at 9 a.m. and will last approximately three-and-a-half hours.

Registration opens 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start of each workshop, or at 8:30 a.m.

The Certified Livestock Manager exam will be given immediately after each training session.


Jan. 13

Effingham County Extension

1209 Wenthe Dr.

Effingham, Ill.

Jan. 14

Jasper County Extension

1401 Clayton

Newton, Ill.

Jan. 28

Clinton County Extension

1163 North 4th St.

Breese, Ill.

Jan. 29

St. Paul's United Church of Christ

330 N. Burnham St.

Nashville, Ill.

Feb. 3

Illinois Pork Expo

Peoria Civic Center

201 SW Jefferson Ave.

Peoria, Ill.

Feb. 24

DeKalb County Farm Bureau Bldg.

1350 W. Prairie Drive

Sycamore, Ill.

Feb. 25

Knox County Extension

180 South Soangetaha Rd.

Suite 108

Galesburg, Ill.

Feb. 26

Stephenson County Farm Bureau Bldg.

210 W. Spring St.

Freeport, Ill.

March 11

Illinois Dept. of Agriculture Bldg.

Auditorium, Illinois State Fairgrounds

Springfield, Ill.