The Georgia Milk Producers, Georgia Pork Producers and Georgia Egg Commission are helping cover the cost of the training. Their members can attend at no cost other than travel expenses.
The session will provide the necessary training to become a certified operator for a liquid animal waste management system. Recent Georgia Environmental Protection Division regulations required a CO for any animal production farm with more than 300 animals.
New EPD Regulations
Regulations require a certified operator on-site for hog farms by October 2001. Dairy and liquid manure poultry operations must have a CO by October 2002.
The training will begin at 10 a.m. Aug. 21 at the Rural Development Center. It will end at 3:30 p.m. the next day. To get a reservation form, contact your county Extension Service office.
Completed forms must be sent by Aug. 15 to Anne Young, 204 Lumpkin House, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602.
(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)