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CAFO Update Meetings Slated in January & February
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/14/2020

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources are co-hosting a series of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation update meetings throughout the state in the coming weeks. The gatherings are specifically designed for WPDES permitted CAFO owners and managers, producers considering expansion, nutrient management plan writers and engineers. Each meeting will provide updated information on new policies, production site considerations, facility evaluation, and nutrient management and Snap Plus updates.

Organizers say Wisconsin has over 300 CAFOs throughout the state and these meetings offer an opportunity for stakeholders to receive updated information to help meet permit requirements. The meetings also provide an opportunity for permittees to learn about new report submission processes and learn tips for managing nutrients and keeping water out of the system.

"In addition to the rule changes, at this year’s meeting we will be discussing practical tips and tricks producers can use to minimize runoff concerns and meet nutrient reduction goals in ways that fit with existing management techniques,” notes Kevin Erb of the Division of Extension who is hosting the meeting.

Each meeting will feature information on understanding the geology and water under the farm, and a panel of local farmers and manure haulers who will discuss different management changes to widen manure application windows.

The forums will take place in Green Bay, Luxemburg, New London, Fond du Lac, Manitowoc, Dodgeville, Marshfield, Eau Claire and Jefferson.

More information or to register, go to: https://conservationprotraining.org/upcoming-trainings or call 920-391-4652.

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