Feedlot Update - Nov. 20, 2012

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Feedlot Update

Nov. 20, 2012

Feedlot program Q&A

Question: MinnFARM is the abbreviated title of what?

Answer following Calendar

Level III feedlot inventory under way in W. Fork Des Moines River watershed

kiel tschumperlin

Over the next three years, 80 percent of all registered feedlots in the West Fork Des Moines River watershed will be inspected in a Level III feedlot inventory. That means Kiel Tschumperlin will have visited about 592 feedlots in Murray, Cottonwood, Jackson, and Nobles counties. Funded through an EPA 319 Grant and sponsored by the Heron Lake Watershed District, the project is part of the implementation plan of a Total Maximum Daily Load study for the West Fork Des Moines River. It will help identify sources of bacteria and nutrient loading from feedlots, and lead to cost-share and other assistance for improvements to feedlots.

Working with county feedlot officers, Kiel applies the MinnFARM program to open lots to determine runoff potential. Of the 71 active feedlots inspected so far, 52 are in compliance, and 19 are non-compliant. Next steps are to continue the inspection process while seeking funds for feedlot fixes, prioritizing the work, and recruiting producers to participate. Reception has been good so far, Kiel says. More Information is available in a brochure and also on the Heron Lake Watershed District website by clicking on the WFDMR TMDL tab. A workshop and potential field day on manure management will be planned for next summer .

Feedlot program newsbriefs

The list of joint MACFO-MPCA feedlot program teams has been revised and posted on the CFO Toolbox webpage. Link directly to document.

Luke Olson named conservation technician in Lyon County

Luke Olson is the new conservation technician for Lyon County SWCD. As conservation planning technician, his work includes conservation design of waterways, sediment basins, feedlots, SSTS, and wetlands. Luke is a 2011 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, majoring in land use planning and soil science. He has Interned in municipal planning, and county planning and zoning. He is from Chilton, WI, which is south of Green Bay. John Biren is supervisor. 

Pokorney moves to MPCA solid waste program

John Pokorney of the MPCA Brainerd office is moving from the feedlot program to the agency's Resources Management Assistance Division-solid waste unit. Prior to joining the MPCA staff eight years ago, John was the Todd County feedlot officer. "This position is giving me to opportunity to pursue a long time interest to plan and coordinate statewide efforts to manage waste as a resource," John says.There will be an extended transition time when John will be available on a limited basis to complete current feedlot program projects.

MPCA registers booths at dairy, cattle, and pork trade shows

FarmFest 2008 Kate

The MPCA feedlot program has registered trade show space at several upcoming livestock organization conventions. Information and staff will be present at the Midwest Dairy Expo Nov. 26-28 in St. Cloud, at the Minnesota State Cattlemen's convention and trade show Dec. 6-8 at Alexandria, and at Pork Congress Jan. 16-17 in Minneapolis. Livestock producers with questions about permitting, manure management, registration and any other issues are welcome to visit. Reprints of popular publications also will be available, including "Applying Manure in Sensitive Areas," "Manure management-short plan," land application rate pocket guide, and land application setback window clings. At the Dairy Expo, look for booth number 303 near the Minnesota Milk Producers Association booth.

Ag Water Quality Certification advisory committee prepares recommendations

MAWQC-Gorans tour

The Agricultural Water Quality Certification advisory committee reviewed final recommendations Nov. 13-14, and will be forwarding them to the Department of Agriculture commissioner. The next big step is to develop tools to measure certification of practices that protect the environment. Farms receiving certification will be assured of no new water quality rules issued by the executive branch, and the public will be assured that certified farmers are meeting or exceeding water quality rules and regulations.

Committee tours research project

Following their meeting in Willmar Oct. 29, members of the Agricultural Water Quality Certification advisory committee toured the water quality research project at the Gorans Brothers farm south of Willmar. Now in its fifth year, the special project of the Discovery Farms program compares urban and farm field runoff for nitrogen, phosphorus, pathogens, and sediment. Most recently, a large wood chip biofilter was installed to remove nitrogen from field tile drainage. In the fields, the project compares runoff from fields receiving turkey litter and commercial fertilizer, and a non-fertilized control. Gorans Farms is the state's largest turkey producer.

Citizen forums to seek input about economy, energy, environment

What do clean water, the economy, energy and the health of our environment all have in common?

These topics will be discussed by Minnesotans this month and next at six Citizen Forums around the state. The forums, free and open to the public, will give Minnesotans an opportunity to voice their opinions and concerns. State leaders will consider the citizen input next March at a Minnesota Environmental Congress summit, where they will begin to plan a blueprint for Minnesota’s environmental and economic future. For more information visit the Minnesota Environmental Congress website

Here are the locations, dates and times for the six regional Citizens Forums:

  • Rochester: Nov. 27, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon at Wood Lake Meeting Center
  • Bloomington: Nov. 27, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. at Normandale Community College
  • Duluth: Nov. 28, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Lake Superior College
  • Worthington: Dec. 10, 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. at Worthington High School
  • St. Cloud: Dec. 12, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Stearns County Service Center
  • Moorhead: Dec. 14, 3:00  – 5:30 p.m. at Minnesota State University

Environmental Initiative planning Agricultural Leadership Dialogue meetings

Environmental Initiative is moving the Agricultural Leadership Dialogue into its final phase. This is an informal gathering of stakeholders to discuss agricultural land management and water quality practices and interests. Staff will convene the stakeholder group in three separate meetings with state agencies to focus on these areas of mutual interest:

  • Targeting conservation practices
  • Local level, farmer-led civil engagement, and
  • Grasslands 

At the meetings, stakeholders will work with state agencies to further refine these areas and begin to develop the groundwork for future collaborative actions to improve water quality. The dialogue will wrap up in early in the new year, and a final report capturing process outcomes will be released in the spring. - Source: EI website  

In the news

TMDL group is working across differing views
Pope County Tribune, 11/20/12

What Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) means to agriculture
Cattle Network, 11/13.12

Todd County commissioners vote 3-2 in favor of hog feedlot
Osakis Review, 11/6/12

Dodge County swine producer hit with fine
Rochester Post-Bulletin, 10/25/12


Nov. 26-28: Midwest Dairy Expo, St. Cloud Civic Center.
Nov. 27: MPCA Citizens' Board, St. Paul.
Nov. 30-Dec. 1: Farm Bureau annual meeting, Doubletree Hotel, Bloomington.
Dec. 3-4: Association of Minnesota Counties annual conference, St. Cloud.
Dec. 7-8: Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association convention, Alexandria Arrowwood.
Jan. 16-17, 2013: Minnesota Pork Congress, Minneapolis Convention Center. 

Q&A answer

Minnesota Feedlot Annualized Runoff Model 

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Forrest Peterson
Public Information Officer
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency-Willmar office