The Certified Livestock Manager Training workshops will be
conducted in eight locations throughout the state, beginning
Dec. 16 in Bloomington and concluding March 5 in Springfield.
The other workshops 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," said Warren Goetsch, bureau chief of environmental
programs for the Illinois Department of Agriculture. "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 300-999 animal units, the employee must either 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
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
To register for one of the workshops, call the University of
Illinois Extension at 1-800-345-6087 or register online at
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
Curriculum, which can be bought at the time of registration for
$62.50, including shipping and handling. The manual is also
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 at 217-244-0083 or
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The complete schedule of workshop dates, times and locations
2013-2014 workshops: Certified Livestock Manager Training
McLean County Farm Bureau Building
402 N. Hershey Road, Bloomington
Effingham County Extension
1209 Wenthe Drive, Effingham
Clinton County Extension
1163 N. Fourth St., Breese
Knox County Extension
180 S. Soangetaha Road, Suite 108, Galesburg
Illinois Pork Expo
Peoria Civic Center, Peoria
DeKalb County Farm Bureau Building
1350 W. Prairie Drive, Sycamore
Stephenson County Farm Bureau Building
210 W. Spring St., Freeport
Illinois Department of Agriculture Building, auditorium
Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield
All workshops begin at 9 a.m. and will last approximately 3 1/2
hours. Registration opens 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start of
each workshop, or at 8:30 a.m.
The Certified Livestock Manager exam will be given immediately
after each training session.
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