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Certified livestock manager training workshops announced

URBANA, IL -- 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.

University of Illinois Extension will offer the 2016 Certified Livestock Manager Training workshops, held in eight locations throughout the state, beginning February 9 in Bloomington and ending March 9 in Springfield. Please note that all workshops are concentrated in February, with one workshop in March. Workshops begin at 8:30 a.m. and will take 3 1/2 hours with the IDOA exam being administered afterward.

Workshop dates and locations are as follows:

• Feb. 9 – McLean County Extension Office, 1615 Commerce Pkwy, Bloomington, IL

• Feb. 10 - Effingham County Extension Office, 1209 Wenthe Drive, Effingham, IL

• Feb. 11 – Clinton County Extension Office, 1163 North 4th St., Breese, IL

• Feb. 16 – Prairie Capital Convention Ctr., 1 Convention Center Plaza, Springfield, IL

• Feb. 23 – Knox County Extension Office, 180 S. Soangetaha Rd., Suite 108, Galesburg, IL

• Feb. 24 – Stephenson County Farm Bureau Bldg., 210 W. Spring St., Freeport, IL

• Feb. 25 – DeKalb County Farm Bureau Bldg., 1350 W. Prairie Drive, Sycamore, IL

• March 9 – Illinois Dept. of Agriculture Bldg. Auditorium, State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL

Each workshop will offer a general curriculum designed to keep producers current on the latest industry practices, and 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 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. To register for a workshop, call the University of Illinois at 217-244-9687 or use the online registration here. The cost is $30. If more than one employee from the same farm signs up, each registration after the first will cost $20. Lunch will not be offered.

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 state administered Certified Livestock Manager exam. To register for the online program option register here. There is no charge to take the online quizzes other than the cost of a manual.

The workshops will use the instructional manual for the National Livestock and Poultry Environmental Stewardship (LPES) Curriculum, which can be bought for $67.50. Participants do not need a new manual if they have a 2003 or newer version. The manual also is available on compact disc for $32.50. To purchase a manual please contact University of Illinois at 1-800-345-6087.

Producers are encouraged to preregister at least two weeks prior to ensure a seat for the session that fits their schedule. Advance registration also allow participants to receive a manual in advance, which is important for those planning to take the written Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) test to get their certification.