An environmental training session for operators of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO), is set for June 27, 2018 in Huron at the Crossroads Convention Center (100 Fourth St. S.W.).
Pre-registration is required and is due by May 22, 2018. To register, visit iGrow.org/events. To cover the cost of the event, registration is $50 and includes lunch, breaks and training materials. The program begins at 8:45 a.m. and concludes at approximately 4:45 p.m.
 Specialists from SDSU Extension, the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Natural Resources Conservation Service are offering the training.
“Past attendees of this program have come away with at least one new practice they consider adopting related to land application, livestock feeding, air quality or soil conservation,” said Bob Thaler, Professor & SDSU Extension Swine Specialist.
Training fulfills permitting requirements
In the Spring of 2017, the S.D. Department of Environmental and Natural Resources reissued the General Water Pollution Control Permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations.
The new permit requires existing permitted operations to obtain coverage under the proposed permit between one to four years after the General Permit is issued.
 One of the proposed permit conditions for existing permitted operations is that an onsite representative attends an approved environmental training program within the last three years prior to obtaining a new permit. Also, if the person who attended training no longer works at the operation, another representative must attend training within one year.
 This current training program meets the training requirement of the proposed permit as long as it is attended within three years of obtaining coverage under the new permit.
 Manure applicators, producers and any other interested individuals who are not currently applying for a permit can also benefit from the information and are encouraged to attend.
Certified Crop Advisor credits are available as well.
For more information, contact Bob Thaler, SDSU Extension Swine Specialist at Robert.thaler@sdstate.edu or 605-688-5435 or John McMaine, SDSU Extension Water Management Engineer at john.mcmaine@sdstate.edu or 605-688-5610.