Manure from large livestock and poultry farms can be an asset as an organic fertilizer when handled and recycled properly. It can also be the largest liability for a farm if handled incorrectly. The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is sponsoring a Certified Livestock Manager Training Session for any farmer, producer, or custom applicator who needs to get certified by ODA, or would like to learn more about best manure management practices. As nutrient management (whether with manure, commercial fertilizer, biosolids, etc.) and water quality remain at the forefront of concern for agriculture, environmentalists, and the public, education is a key component to making the right decisions in the field.
This two-day session will cover topics such as nutrient management, water quality issues, record keeping, manure technology and equipment, spill response, and a review of the rules and regulations concerning manure handling.
- The first day of the training session will focus on core topics related to ODA rules, basic nutrient management practices, manure application practices, and water quality.
- The second day will focus on agricultural policy, livestock management, university research on nutrient movement from agricultural fields, and livestock economics.
- Attending both days of the training will allow you to complete all the training required for certification. Certified Livestock Managers need 10 hours of continuing education every three years to renew their certification.