University of Illinois (UI) Extension is hosting four livestock manure management workshops in February and March to provide hands-on training about the Illinois Manure Management Plan (IMMP) website. The IMMP website, www.IMMP.uiuc.edu, offers step-by-step instructions for developing manure management plans that comply with the requirements of the Illinois Department of Agriculture, Illinois Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

“Illinois livestock producers can use the IMMP website as a recordkeeping tool or to develop a full-fledged manure management plan,” explains Ted Funk, UI Extension agricultural engineer. “Producers can attend a workshop to learn more about how IMMP can help take some of the worry and frustration out of their manure management tasks.”

The IMMP website was developed with support from the Illinois Livestock Development Group, Illinois Pork Producers Association, Pork Checkoff, Illinois Beef Association, Illinois Milk Producers Association, Illinois Farm Bureau, and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

The workshop provides assistance whether individuals are already using the website and have questions, or are new users seeking information about how to use the website to develop a plan and keep records.

Each workshop is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dates and locations are:

  • Feb. 5 -- UI Extension, Lee County, 280 W Wasson Rd., Amboy.
  • Feb. 16 -- UI Extension, Marion County, 1404 E Main, Rt. 50 East, Salem.
  • Feb. 26 -- UI Extension, Champaign County, 801 Country Fair Drive, Suite D, Champaign.
  • March 5 -- 1st Farm Credit Services, 2901 E. Jackson, Rt. 136, Macomb.
To register, call 1-800-345-6087. Preregistration is required. Call 800-345-6087 to register, or contact Randy Fonner via email at clmt@illinois.edu or call 217-333-2611. The $25 cost per attendee includes lunch and handout materials.