Research data, management information and facts on financial assistance on the new federal Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) rules will be covered at the Livestock Manure Management Conference, March 11 in Bloomington, IL.

The conference, sponsored by the University of Illinois, will feature a variety of experts:

  • Former Illinois pork producer Ellen Hankes will discuss on-farm environmental assessments, free to livestock producers. Hankes now works with America’s Clean Water Foundation and Environmental Management Systems.
  • Eldon McAfee, Des Moines, IA, attorney for the Iowa Pork Producers Association, will review nuisance suits of livestock producers.
  • Bruce Yurdin, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, will discuss the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System and the new CAFO regulations.
  • Paula Hingson, Illinois Natural Resources Conservation Service, will explain the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP).
  • Phil Westerman, professor at North Carolina State University, will cover alternative manure treatment options for producers.
  • Gary Apgar, professor at Southern Illinois University, will talk about feeding strategies to control excretion of nitrogen and phosphorus.

The conference is at the Radisson Hotel and Convention Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants should pre-register ($35) by March 4 by calling the university at 800-345-6087. For more information, call Ted Funk at 217-333-9313 or e-mail funkt@uiuc.edu.