Livestock industry hosts meetings on CAFO ruling

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COLUMBUS – To help livestock, dairy and poultry producers develop a better understanding about the recent rules on concentrated animal feeding operations, Ohio Livestock Coalition will host two informational meetings.

The meetings will be Jan. 21 and 22 at 7 p.m.

The Jan. 21 meeting will be at Fisher Auditorium in Wooster, Ohio, and the Jan. 22 meeting will be in the auditorium of the Lake Branch campus of Wright State University, St. Mary’s.

Rulings. The recent ruling regarding large livestock operations – also known as CAFOs – says these operations must apply for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit coverage.

The rule will require large livestock operations to develop nutrient management plans.

The plans will ensure that manure is properly managed and that manure nutrients are utilized by crops rather than entering surface waters.

Questions. Steve Jann, director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region V office, will speak at both meetings.

Representatives from Ohio Department of Agriculture will also be available for questions.

For more information about the new rules, visit www.epa.gov/npdes/caforule.

For more information about the meetings, call 614-246-8288 or e-mail dwhite@ofbf.org.

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