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Certified Livestock Manager training workshops set

January 16, 2019

URBANA – The 2019 Certified Livestock Manager Training workshops, held in 11 locations throughout the state, will be held Jan. 30 in Springfield and conclude Feb. 28 back in Springfield.

The University of Illinois Extension workshops provide Illinois livestock producers the manure management training they need to meet the requirements of the state’s Livestock Management Facilities Act.

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 to 999 animal units, at least one employee must 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 certification.

Locally, the workshop will be held at 9 a.m. Feb. 21 at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, 1350 W. Prairie Drive in Sycamore. The training will take 3 1/2 hours with the IDOA exam administered after the training.

The workshop will offer a general curriculum designed to keep producers current on the latest industry practices. The curriculum covers the basics of nutrient management as well as new technologies, research and trends, so producers who have completed the training and are renewing their certification will benefit.

Producers are encouraged to preregister at least two weeks prior to ensure a seat for the session. To register, call 217-244-9687 or register online at go.illinois.edu/clm. The cost is $35. If more than one employee from the same farm signs up, each additional registration will cost $25. Lunch will not be offered, but coffee and snacks will be provided.

The training manual is the Livestock and Poultry Environmental Stewardship Curriculum. It is available for free online at go.illinois.edu/manual. If you have a manual or CD that is older than 2003, you should check the website for information for update options. IDOA CLM Exam questions are taken directly from this manual. Some of this curriculum will be covered during the workshops. However, it is impossible to cover all of the exam material in one workshop, so acquiring and reviewing the manual in advance is highly recommended.

Visit the Certified Livestock Managers Training webpage at go.illinois.edu/clm for more information about registration, manuals, online training options and other resources.

Producers and employees also have the option of taking five online quizzes. Passing these is the equivalent of having attended a workshop, but does not substitute for passing the state administered Certified Livestock Manager exam. Registration is open for the CLM Online Training Program at go.illinois.edu/clm. There is no charge to take the online quizzes other than the cost of a manual.