Feedlot Update Feb. 14, 2012

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Feedlot Update

Feb. 14, 2012

Feedlot factoid

Jim and Connie Stannard, Olmsted County, raise what type of livestock? ____________

Answer appears in one of the articles below, and following the Calendar

MMP spreadsheet among displays at nutrient conference

The MPCA manure management plan (MMP) spreadsheet is among the displays scheduled for the Nutrient Efficiency and Management Conference, Feb. 15, at Jackpot Junction, Morton. The spreadsheet was developed to assist all livestock producers in developing a manure management plan. It describes for the pending crop year how manure can be used in a way that protects surface and groundwater quality, maintains economic benefits, and meets state and federal requirements.

The planner is free, and can be downloaded from the MPCA feedlot program manure management webpage. A manure management plan is required for all feedlots that have or are required to obtain a feedlot permit. Questions or comments about the spreadsheet can be sent to George Schwint, MPCA feedlot engineer, george.schwint @state.mn.us, 320-441-6971. The conference is sponsored by the Department of Agriculture, Extension, NRCS, MN Ag Water Resources Center, and several commodity groups.
MMP poster

Feedlot program seeking to fill vacancies

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency feedlot program is in the process of seeking personnel for five vacancies in regional offices. Anyone interested in pursuing state agency employment can search for jobs and enter a resume' on the State of Minnesota careers webpage. The most recent vacancy occurred when Courtney Ahlers, who had been working in the feedlot program from the MPCA St. Paul office, took a new position within the MPCA. She is now a water monitoring crew Leader in the Lakes and Streams Monitoring Unit, Water Monitoring Section, Environmental Analysis and Outcomes Division. In the feedlot program, Courtney helped coordinate staff training, and handled compliance and inspection duties in the counties surrounding the metro area.

Delegated county program news

Non-NPDES inspection form spreadsheet available for CFOs

An Excel spreadsheet version of the feedlot non-NPDES inspection form is now available as a template on the CFO Toolbox webpage for county feedlot officers. It can be customized for each and every feedlot inspected. Rather than include all items such as open lots, barns, manure storage areas, feed storage areas, etc., the checklist can be pared down to only the items applicable to the individual feedlot. It also includes a feature that will make electronic data entry much faster by summarizing the inspection results in a concise way. The entire package is very intuitive and therefore users should have little trouble adapting to it. Training for county feedlot officers via WebEx on how to use the template will be scheduled in the near future.

WebEx training schedule being developed

The feedlot program training and communications team is working on a regular schedule of WebEx training for county feedlot staff. The next training is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 29. A notice confirming the time will be sent to county feedlot officers prior to that date. The training topics will include how to use the Delta database, and the new electronic version of the non-NPDES inspection form. For future WebEx training, the proposed time is the last Wednesday of the month at 1 PM for 1.5 hours. On-site CFO meetings are being planned for May and September in Owatonna, Redwood Falls, Detroit Lakes and Brainerd.

Interagency communication helpful for NPDES inspections

While the delegated county program does not include responsibility for feedlots with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits, nevertheless, there are occasions when county feedlot officers conduct inspections at such sites. These are usually related to county permits, such as conditional use permits. The current policy allows these inspections to be counted among the minimum number of inspections that are required for delegated counties. The joint MPCA-MACFO county programs team has agreed to continue the policy through 2013; however, discussion will continue regarding the future. For the time being, good communication is important, and either state or county staff should contact the other when planning a NPDES site inspection.

Wabasha County CFO vacancy in discussion

The county feedlot officer vacancy in Wabasha County is still under discussion, according to planning and zoning administrator Kevin Krause, and feedlot program temporary contact. Kevin started in his position in Wabasha County two weeks ago. Previously, he was P and Z administrator for more than 11 years in Price County, Wisconsin. Contact information: kkrause@co.wabasha.mn.us, 651-565-3062.

SE counties host producer meetings

Information meetings hosted by six southeast counties drew 39 livestock producers to meetings in Dodge Center and Faribault recently. Topics included timing of manure application, nitrogen stabilizers for manure, application setbacks and record-keeping, and closure and abandonment procedures. A third meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Fairlane building on the Freeborn County fairgrounds. The programs were sponsored by county feedlot officers in Dodge, Freeborn, Goodhue, Mower, Rice and Steele counties. For more information, contact Dan Vermilyea, dan.vermilyea@co.steele.mn.us, 507-444-7479.

New feedlot staff in Goodhue, Dodge counties

Goodhue: Virginia Westlie

Virginia Westlie started Jan. 17 as the new county feedlot officer in Goodhue County, working from the SWCD office. Along with orientation to the feedlot program, she's already conducted several inspections, and participated in the producer information meetings conducted jointly by six counties: Goodhue, Dodge, Rice, Steele, Freeborn, and Mower. A native of Rosemount, Virginia is a 2009 graduate in animal science from the University of Minnesota. Following graduation, she went on a dairy tour of Australia, worked as a dairy herdsman, and worked at a day care center. Contact information: vwestlie@goodhueswcd.org, 651-923-5286.

Virginia Westlie

Dodge: Chad Knudson

Chad Knudson has been named feedlot program technician in the county environmental services department. Chad joined the department in January 2010, working in the water quality and SSTS areas. Following the retirement of Ken Folie, last summer Chad began doing feedlot inspections. With feedlot technician duties being half-time, Chad continues with SSTS and planning and zoning work. Chad is a 2005 graduate of St. Cloud State University majoring in environmental studies. Following graduation he worked in the gypsy moth program of the Dept. of Agriculture, and for more than four years with the Minnesota Conservation Corps supervising crews working on natural resource projects in southeast Minnesota state parks. Chad is currently enrolled at Colorado State University in an online degree program, working on a Masters of Agriculture in Integrated Resource Management. Integrated Resources Management. IRM addresses economic and environmental variables oriented toward a more sustainable production. Changes in rural America require agricultural managers to manage land, animal, human, and natural resources, ensuring both long term profitability and sustainability of farms, ranches, and rural communities. Contact information: chad.knudson@co.dodge.mn.us, 507-635-6283.
Chad Knudson

Stannard retiring from Olmsted County feedlot program

In Olmsted County, Jim Stannard is planning on retiring in April. For the past 12 years Jim served as county feedlot technician, working out of the SWCD office. More background is available in the county profile feature of the October 2010 issue of Feedlot Update. "It's been a fun job, certainly challenging at times working with the agency and farmers," Jim says. Leaving full-time work at the county will make more for helping his wife, Connie, manage their 160-acre farm and buffalo herd. It's a lot of work, Jim says, with a big fencing project awaiting. "Retirement will also mean more time for Connie and I to do motorcycle cruising and getting back to working on our '41 Chevrolet. The ultimate car project would be to sell the '41 and find a nice '54 Hudson Hornet Club Coupe. And I'll probably spend a little more time fishing the streams in southeast Minnesota as well." The county likely will name a replacement, perhaps in collaboration with the SWCD office, Jim says, although they won't be able to immediately replace all the feedlot program knowledge and experience that will be leaving with him.
Jim Stannard

Extension develops web-based calculator to determine value of manure

A new web-based tool developed by Dr. William F. Lazarus, Extension Economist and Professor in the Department of Applied Economics, is now available. The web-based calculator may be used to compare the economic value of manure from alternative manure application rates and methods. The value is based on crop nutrient needs for a specific field and crop rotation, fertilizer prices, manure hauling costs, manure type, and application method.

In addition to assisting with management of current livestock and crop operations, the calculator can be useful in budgeting new facilities or evaluation of contract production through estimating the effect of manure and manure management on cash flow. The calculations can also assist crop and livestock producers estimate the value of manure that may be transferred or sold from one entity to another. More information is available on the manure economics webpage. - Jose Hernandez

Note changes on NPDES annual report form, due March 1

Annual reports for all livestock or poultry operations with coverage under a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System/State Disposal System (NPDES/SDS) General Permit are due by March 1, 2012. The report is a requirement under Part V.B.6. (Page 35) of NPDES/SDS General Permit #MNG440000. 
Important Changes to Annual Report Form:
1)   This the new annual report form that must be used for the 2011 reporting year.
2)   The following are new reporting requirements:
  • All land application records for non-transferred manure and process wastewater applied during the previous cropping period.
  • All manure transferred during the previous cropping period.
  • All emergency liquid manure applications during the calendar year.
  • All animal holding areas and manure storage areas that were closed during the calendar year.
  • All groundwater monitoring results obtained during the calendar year.
3)   A 12-month cropping period for 2011 runs from Sept. 1, 2010 to Aug. 31, 2011.
An electronic version of the annual report form is available on the feedlot program forms webpage. The completed form should be sent to the MPCA regional office for the area in which your facility is located. Do not include the $345 annual permit fee with the annual report. A separate invoice will be sent out for the annual fee.

Comments received on SDS rule change process

A total of five comments were received by the Jan. 20 deadline on the process of rule-making for possible changes to the feedlot rule regarding a State Disposal System permit for feedlots. Comments can be received at any time, but those within the deadline are considered official. There will be another official comment period later this year when a draft rule change document is expected to be placed on public notice. Comments received within the deadline came from the Broiler and Egg Association of Minnesota, Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association, Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation, Minnesota Milk Producers Association, and Minnesota Turkey Growers Association. A link to the complete text of the comments is located on the SDS rule webpage. For more information, see the fact sheet "State Disposal System permit for large feedlots."

In the news

MPCA news release, 2/13/12
MPCA news release, 2/9/12
Agri-News, 2/2/12
MPCA news release, 2/6/12
Agri-News, 1/26/12
The Farmer, 1/23/12


Feb. 15: Nutrient efficiency and management conference, Jackpot Junction, Morton.
Feb. 16: Livestock producer workshop, 10 a.m., Cottonwood County SWCD, Windom DNR office.
Feb. 27: SE Minnesota livestock producers, 1 p.m., Freeborn County fairgrounds.
March 14-15: Midwest Poultry Federation convention, St. Paul RiverCentre.
March 29: Precision conservation conference, St. Anthony, Freshwater Society.
April 4: Gorans Discovery Farm update, 9 a.m., MinnWest Technology campus, Willmar.
April 20-22: Minnesota Buffalo Association 19th annual educational conference, Prairie's Edge Casino Resort, Granite Falls.

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