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Stumped by Wet Weather? Some Tips for Confinement Manure Application

Stumped by Wet Weather? Some Tips for Confinement Manure Application

  • 10/18/2018 10:30:00 AM
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Instead of sitting high and dry for harvest and fall manure application, virtually every county in the state now has saturated soils, ponded fields and high running streams. Manure applicators are waiting for that one dry week, and producers are worrying about emptying pits and compacting soils
eMMP proving popular with producers

eMMP proving popular with producers

  • 9/14/2018 10:15:00 AM
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Fall is almost here. That means harvest is coming and manure application season is around the corner. Late September marks six months since the online manure management plan (eMMP) application rolled out. In the first four months, producers submitted about 30 percent of annual MMP updates using the new system.
After the rain, take time to check water quality

After the rain, take time to check water quality

  • 9/14/2018 10:14:00 AM
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After the rain ends is the best time to check below your open feedlots and dairy operations to see if your manure controls are working as planned. According to Shawn Shouse, Iowa State University ag engineer, taking a walk on the wet side after a cloudburst gives you valuable information about your lot -- information you just can’t get when the lot is dry. 
eMMP rolled out and questions roll in

eMMP rolled out and questions roll in

  • 4/16/2018 8:47:00 AM
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The new electronic manure management plan application or eMMP rolled out March 23 when personal identification number (PIN) letters were mailed to one owner of each confinement facility needing an MMP.
DNR enforcement actions

DNR enforcement actions

  • 4/12/2018 11:54:00 AM
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DNR staff work with individuals, businesses and communities to help them protect our natural resources by complying with state and federal laws. This approach is very effective. In the few cases where compliance cannot be achieved, the DNR issues enforcement actions.
Thinking about Building? Make sure you have water

Thinking about Building? Make sure you have water

  • 3/26/2018 10:05:00 AM
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During 2002 producers worried about having enough water because of drought. But having enough water for livestock and poultry is an everyday concern, especially if you are thinking about building or expanding an animal feeding operation. If construction is on your mind, the time to think about water supplies is now. Save headaches and money by verifying an adequate water source before you build.
Online MMP submittal now live

Online MMP submittal now live

  • 3/26/2018 9:59:00 AM
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Letters went out from DNR March 22 regarding the new electronic manure management plan (eMMP) application. DNR sent only one letter per facility site providing a Personal Identification Number (PIN) to owners of confinement facilities who must file manure management plans. If you are a co-owner who did not receive a letter, please work with your ownership group.
MAC applicator training wrapping up

MAC applicator training wrapping up

  • 2/9/2018 4:57:00 PM
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Manure applicator certification training for confinement site applicators is wrapping up, with the last live session scheduled Feb. 28. Confinement and commercial applicators who handle dry or solid manure can catch one of six training sessions offered Feb. 13 to Feb. 28.
eMMP rolling out in March

eMMP rolling out in March

  • 2/9/2018 4:55:00 PM
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Poultry and livestock producers who must file a manure management plan can now file their MMP electronically--three years out of four. 
89 counties opt in for Master Matrix

89 counties opt in for Master Matrix

  • 2/9/2018 4:54:00 PM
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Last month 89 of Iowa’s 99 counties notified DNR that they plan to use the master matrix to evaluate construction permit applications and proposed locations for animal confinements during 2018 and January of 2019.
Livestock master matrix adopted in 89 counties

Livestock master matrix adopted in 89 counties

  • 2/8/2018 3:10:00 PM
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DES MOINES – In January, 89 of 99 Iowa counties notified DNR that they plan to evaluate construction permit applications and proposed locations for animal confinements by using the master matrix. 
DNR enforcement actions

DNR enforcement actions

  • 2/8/2018 3:07:00 PM
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DES MOINES – DNR staff work with individuals, businesses and communities to help them protect our natural resources by complying with state and federal laws. This approach is very effective. In the few cases where compliance cannot be achieved, the DNR issues enforcement actions.
Visit us at Pork Congress - learn how the eMMP saves time and money

Visit us at Pork Congress - learn how the eMMP saves time and money

  • 1/23/2018 9:39:00 AM
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Coming in March, DNR will have an option for livestock and poultry farmers to submit their annual Manure Management Plan (MMP) updates and pay compliance fees online. The electronic (eMMP) option provides a simplified process for producers, their consultants, counties and the DNR.
Land application restricted starting Dec. 21

Land application restricted starting Dec. 21

  • 12/8/2017 2:52:00 PM
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Restrictions on applying manure to snow-covered ground starts Dec. 21. Runoff – into our waters – is more likely to occur during winter manure application.
Take Manure Applicator Certification training soon

Take Manure Applicator Certification training soon

  • 12/8/2017 2:51:00 PM
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Commercial manure applicators can fulfill their annual training and certification requirements at 71 Iowa and two out-of-state locations on Jan. 4. Most locations offer training from 9 a.m. to noon.
Counties interested in Master Matrix must sign up with DNR by Jan. 31

Counties interested in Master Matrix must sign up with DNR by Jan. 31

  • 12/8/2017 2:50:00 PM
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Counties interested in evaluating construction permit applications for animal feeding operations must submit a construction evaluation resolution to DNR between Jan. 1 and 31, for the year starting in February 2018. Find more information from DNR or the Iowa State Association of Counties.
Deadline for continuous air reporting to EPA delayed

Deadline for continuous air reporting to EPA delayed

  • 12/8/2017 2:48:00 PM
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The DC Circuit Court of Appeals granted EPA’s request to delay reporting requirements from Nov. 15 until Jan. 22 for farms that must submit initial continuous air release notifications.
eMMP update - a better way to handle manure management plans

eMMP update - a better way to handle manure management plans

  • 10/20/2017 12:01:00 PM
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Work is proceeding on the new electronic Manure Management Plan (eMMP) which will make it possible to submit short forms for manure management plans and pay fees online. The goal is to simplify filing an annual MMP for 7,000-plus producers, their consultants, and the 99 counties that receive the plans.
Take Time for Basin Maintenance

Take Time for Basin Maintenance

  • 9/18/2017 9:10:00 AM
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When DNR field staffers inspect earthen basins they look for problems which could cause leaks, basin failures or fish kills.
Avoid Late Summer Fish Kills

Avoid Late Summer Fish Kills

  • 9/18/2017 9:08:00 AM
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Low stream levels, high temperatures and dry conditions set the stage for potential water quality issues and fish kills. Even small amounts of polluted runoff can affect fish and other aquatic organisms under these conditions.
March 1 Deadline to Complete MAC Renewals

March 1 Deadline to Complete MAC Renewals

  • 2/17/2017 11:53:00 AM
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Certificates expire annually on March 1 for commercial manure applicators. Confinement site certificates are viable for three years ending on Dec. 31, with a two-month grace period for renewals.
MAC Applicator Training Wrapping Up

MAC Applicator Training Wrapping Up

  • 2/17/2017 11:52:00 AM
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Manure applicator certification training for confinement site applicators is wrapping up, with the last live session scheduled Feb. 28. Two dry/solid manure workshops are also available--designed to meet the needs of confinement or commercial applicators who handle dry or solid manure. They are scheduled for Feb. 21 in Adair County and Feb. 22 in Buena Vista County.
88 Counties Opt In for Master Matrix

88 Counties Opt In for Master Matrix

  • 2/17/2017 11:50:00 AM
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Again, 88 of 99 counties notified DNR that they plan to use the master matrix to evaluate construction permit applications and proposed locations for animal confinements during 2017 and January of 2018. Supervisors in Davis, Decatur, Des Moines, Keokuk, Lee, Mahaska, Osceola, Plymouth, Wapello, Warren and Washington counties did not pass a construction evaluation resolution, so they will not be using the master matrix this year.
Stay tuned as NRCS changes soil loss equation

Stay tuned as NRCS changes soil loss equation

  • 2/17/2017 11:47:00 AM
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NRCS is planning to replace the Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE2) with WEPP, the Water Erosion Prediction Project model, possibly in the next six months.
Livestock Master Matrix adopted in 88 counties

Livestock Master Matrix adopted in 88 counties

  • 2/2/2017 12:40:00 PM
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DES MOINES – Once again, 88 of 99 Iowa counties notified DNR in January that they plan to evaluate construction permit applications and proposed locations for animal confinements by using the master matrix. 
AFO rule revisions final

AFO rule revisions final

  • 12/22/2016 2:46:00 PM
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The Environmental Protection Commission passed an update to the Animal Feeding Operation rules at the Oct. 18 commission meeting.
New eMMP webpage

New eMMP webpage

  • 12/22/2016 2:44:00 PM
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Check out the new AFO webpage for ongoing progress reports on an effort to make online submittal of manure management plans (eMMPs) possible.
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