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CAFO Planning Workshops Slated for February
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/11/2019

The University of Wisconsin-Extension and the Department of Natural Resources are teaming up to hold a series of workshops for managers of permitted Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation facilities in Wisconsin.

The forums are slated to be held throughout the state in the coming weeks. Nutrient management plan writers and engineers working on large farms are also invited to attend.

This year's agenda will overview low cost options to meet NPDES permit requirements, how to effectively respond and communicate in the case of spills or emergency situations, tips for tile line system maintenance, and local best management practices for applying manure to cover crops. The meeting will also overview the effects of recent administrative rule changes, and feature a DNR question and answer session.

"In addition to the rule changes, at this year's meeting we are really aiming to provide practical tips and tricks producers can use in our tough economic conditions--such as low cost NPDES permit options, how to reduce your risk of tile line blowouts, and manure application strategies that have seen success in Wisconsin," said Kevin Erb of UW-Extension.

The meetings will be held on the follow dates and locations:

** February 4: Green Bay
** February 4: New London
** February 5: Manitowoc
** February 5: Fond du Lac
** February 7 Jefferson
** February 8: Dodgeville
** February 12: Marshfield
** February 13: Rice Lake

A CAFO is defined as a facility with more than 1,000 animal units.

Registration for each event costs $35, or $45 after the early registration deadline, and includes breakfast or lunch.

More information on the meetings and individual meeting brochures can be accessed at https://go.wisc.edu/136046

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