Nutrient management and protecting the state’s waterways have been a growing topic of interest in Ohio’s farm community. Anyone who buys, sells or manages manure needs to be up to date on nutrient management rules regarding manure handling and changes being discussed or that could modify Ohio’s nutrient management regulations.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is holding Certified Livestock Manager (CLM) training June 19-20 at the ODA offices in Reynoldsburg. The first day of the training will address many of the nutrient management and water quality issues currently under consideration by a statewide working group that is jointly led by ODA, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Farm Bureau recognizes that issues of nutrient management are of the utmost importance to our membership, and we urge members to consider attending this training session. Farmers share in the responsibility to ensure the state’s watersheds are protected from excess nutrient runoff, and education and training are essential steps in helping to mitigate the chance of new regulatory programs for farmers.
Those who buy, sell or land apply more than 4,500 dry tons of solid manure each year or 25 million gallons of liquid manure are required to attend, as is anyone who manages or handles manure at a major concentrated animal facility. Any farmer who wants to learn more about best management practices or understand current and proposed nutrient management recommendations are encouraged to attend as well.
The June 19 session will focus on nutrient management subjects including whole farm nutrient management, soil testing and manure sampling. The training also will review the revised Ohio NRCS 590 Standard, tools for maintaining nutrient records and successful nutrient management strategies.
Farmers must attend both days to receive CLM licensing through ODA, but participants also can attend the single day session. CLM and Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) continuing education credits also are available to participants. CLMs need 10 hours of continuing education every three years to maintain certification in Ohio.
Participants must register by June 12. Registration is $25 per day, and lunch is included.
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