Producers confused by changing permit requirements will have their best opportunity to get questions answered. The University of Missouri Commercial Agriculture Program will hold eight educational sessions in March to explain permitting changes and new nutrient management requirements for animal feeding operations.
"These sessions are really focused to help people who have a permit and aren't sure how changes might affect their permitting decisions," says John Lory, MU Extension environmental nutrient management specialist. "These sessions are a chance to get a jump on that process so they aren't surprised as the deadlines approach."
Deadlines for permit renewal fall on Aug. 23 for general permits that expire on Feb. 23, 2011.
More than 550 animal feeding operations in Missouri now hold permits. Most have held a federal general permit previously, but now will have to choose between a new state general permit and a more costly federal permit.
Renewing a permit for an operation also means developing a nutrient management plan that complies with the new Missouri CAFO Nutrient Management Technical Standard passed in March 2009. The new standard requires more specific soil samples, manure testing and phosphorus loss assessment.
Speakers from MU Extension and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources plan to explain these changes in detail in a 40-minute presentation followed by a question-and-answer session at each location listed below. The workshops are free and advance registration is not required.
- Dexter: March 2, 1 p.m. Keller Public Library.
- Eldon: March 8, 7 p.m. Eldon Community Center.
- Macon: March 4, 1 p.m. Floral Hall, Macon County Park.
- Mexico: March 4, 7 p.m. Audrain 4-H Center.
- Mount Vernon: March 1, 1 p.m. MU Southwest Center.
- Neosho: March 1, 7 p.m. Wright Conference Room, Arnold Farber Bldg., Crowder College.
- Trenton: March 5, 1 p.m. Alexander Student Center, North Central Missouri College.
- Sedalia: March 8, 1 p.m. First United Methodist Church.
Source: MU Cooperative Media Group