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Livestock Manure Management Conference
March 11, 2003, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Bloomington
Leanne Lucas; (217) 244-9085; firstname.lastname@example.org
Livestock producers face new Concentrated Animal Feedlot Operations
(CAFO) regulations, passed in 2002. But the good news is that
there is plenty of research data, management information and financial
assistance facts, which will be showcased at the Livestock Manure
Management Conference this coming March in Bloomington. This conference,
sponsored by the University of Illinois Department of Agricultural
Engineering, will help producers grapple with the new regulations,
as well as address an array of concerns faced by livestock producers
in the state of Illinois.
"We're bringing in a number of specialists, as well as experts
from out of state," said Ted Funk, coordinator of the LMM
Conference. Speakers include:
- Eldon McAfee is an attorney for the Iowa Pork Producers, representing
livestock farmers in nuisance litigation.
- Ellen Hankes, a former swine producer from Illinois, will
discuss the On-Farm Assessment and Environmental Review project
- a free, on-site inspection of livestock production facilities.
Hankes now works with America's Clean Water Foundation and Environmental
- Bruce Yurdin, Watershed Manager, Bureau of Water, Illinois
EPA, will discuss the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination
System and the new CAFO regulations.
- Mike Ellis U of I professor, will give an overview of research
being conducted under C-FAR.
- Paula Hingson, Farm Bill coordinator at the state Natural
Resources Conservation Service office, will explain the Environmental
Quality Incentive Program (EQIP). EQIP can provide significant
financial assistance to producers who are willing to plan and
work with agencies on conservation and manure management practices.
A new feature at the conference this year is the "Round-the-Room"
session. Each speaker will have an exhibit table to showcase information,
so when attendees break for lunch, they will have a chance to
talk one-on-one with these speakers. Attendees will also be able
to visit the tables of conference exhibitors and different state
In the afternoon, breakout sessions will give special attention
to beef/dairy and swine producers.
- Ken Griswold, a professor at Southern Illinois University,
will discuss feedlot runoff control systems for the beef/dairy
- Phil Westerman, professor at North Carolina State University,
will speak to swine producers about alternative manure treatment
- Gary Apgar, professor from SIU, will speak to swine producers
about feed management for controlling excretion of nitrogen
The Livestock Manure Management Conference will be held at the
Radisson Hotel and Convention Center in Bloomington, Illinois
on March 11, 2003, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants are asked
to pre-register by March 4. The cost for the conference is $35.
To register, call the U of I College of Agricultural, Consumer
and Environmental Sciences marketing and distribution office at
1-800-345-6087. For more information, you may email Funk at email@example.com.