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 eight locations throughout the state beginning Dec. 16 in Bloomington and concluding March 5 in Springfield. Workshops also are scheduled Jan. 14 in Effingham, Jan. 15 in Breese, Jan. 16 in Galesburg, Feb. 4 in Peoria, Feb. 18 in Sycamore and Feb. 19 in Freeport.
The Peoria workshop will be offered at the Civic Center during the Illinois Pork Expo and is a new addition to the schedule. Interested producers can complete their training in the morning and then visit the trade show in the afternoon.
“All workshops will offer a general curriculum this year 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, after Nov. 1, 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 $62.50, 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