Livestock Facilities and Manure Management

For 2020 season, you can register for a live CLMT workshop using the link below once it becomes live on Nov 12th, 2019 (scroll down for more info)

     CLMT Workshops Registration

For questions with registration, please contact University of Illinois Extension at 815 858 2273.

Pre-registration is highly recommended so we may notify registrants if unforeseen circumstances require us to cancel or reschedule a workshop.

OR you can always take the online training

      Online Training 


Useful links: 


The Illinois General Assembly passed the Livestock Management Facilities Act (LMFA) on May 21, 1996. Since that law was enacted, livestock facilities in Illinois that house over 300 animal units (for example, 750 finishing hogs, 214 dairy cows, or 300 beef cattle) are required to have at least one person certified in the environmental protection aspects of manure management. The "Certified Livestock Manager" is expected to be familiar with the facility's manure management system. The certificate, administered by the Illinois Department of Agriculture, is valid for three years.

University of Illinois Extension acts as the subcontractor to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, to provide the CLM training required by the LMFA and to develop resource materials that support the training program.


In Illinois, livestock producers with more than 300 animal units* must be trained and certified in manure handling procedures. Refer to the Animal Units worksheet to determine how many animals comprise one animal unit. Refer to the Livestock Managers Facilities Act for guidelines on which personnel are required to become Certified Livestock Managers. There are two levels of CLM certification, depending on facility capacity. The following table shows which training and testing requirements apply, based on facility size.

Certification Table


*Your animal units designation is according to the Illinois Livestock Management Facilities Act (LMFA) definitions. The numbers are different from those in the federal EPA CAFO regulation, and also are different from rules in neighboring states. "One-time design capacity" is based on industry and agency recognized per-animal space requirements. 


1. Attend a Workshop

There are two opportunities to complete the Uof I Extension CLM training for certification. We offer CLMT workshops every winter, this winter in January and February. If you cannot make a workshop or need certification in the off-season, we also offer online training modules that will meet CLM certification requirements.

 Workshops are held around the state each winter. This year’s training schedule is below. On the day of the workshop, registration will open at 8:30 a.m. with training program starting promptly at 9:00 a.m. except for one of Springfield workshops (Feb 5, 2020), which will promptly start at 12:30 pm. A range of topics related to the operation, management, and utilization of livestock waste and waste facilities will be covered. Additionally, the latest regulations, best management practices, and research for manure-related issues will be discussed. Registration for this winter's workshops will be open in November 2019.  


2020 CLMT Workshop Schedule

January 8
(starts at 9:00 am)
Effingham, IL 
Effingham County Extension Office
1209 North Wenthe Drive
January 9
(starts at 9:00 am)
Mt Vernon, IL
University of Illinois Extension
4618 Broadway
January 10
(starts at 9:00 am)
Breese, IL
Clinton County Extension Office
1163 North 4th Street
February 5
(starts at 12:30 pm) 
Springfield, IL
 Bank of Springfield Center
1 Convention Center Plaza
February 6
(starts at 9:00 am) 
Pittsfield, IL
UI Extension/Pike County Farm Bureau Bldg.
1301 E Washington
February 7
(starts at 9:00 am)
Monmouth, IL
Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau
1000 N Main St.
February 18
(starts at 9:00 am)
Onarga, IL
UI Extension/Bork Nurseries Building
916 W. Seminary Avenue
February 19
(starts at 9:00 am)
Sycamore, IL
DeKalb County Farm Bureau Bldg.
1350 W. Prairie Drive
February 20
(starts at 9:00 am)
Freeport, IL
Stephenson County Farm Bureau Bldg.
210 W. Spring St.
February 26
(starts at 9:00 am)
Springfield, IL
Illinois Department of Agriculture Bldg.
Auditorium, State Fairgrounds

2. Complete Online Training Modules

The University of Illinois Extension also offers free online training modules. These modules can be taken in place of attending a workshop. There are five training modules, four have a short 20 question quiz at the end. All four quizzes must be passed to meet CLM Certification requirements. The module content and quizzes are based on material from CLM Training Manual (see below). You can access the online CLM training modules directly by using the Online Training Registration link below. Note: These quizzes DO NOT take the place of the Illinois Department of Agriculture Exam for Producers over 1000 animal units, but they DO satisfy the workshop requirements.


The current training manual used for Certified Livestock Manager Training is the Livestock and Poultry Environmental Stewardship Curriculum. This curriculum is available for free online here. If you would prefer to purchase a hardcopy or an electronic CD contact the University of Illinois, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, Marketing & Distribution at 1-800-345-6087. If you have a manual or CD, 2003 or newer, you will not need to purchase a new one.

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