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Iowa coalition: Proposed CAFO rules not strong enough
A coalition of environmental advocates say the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) proposed rules covering concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) aren't stringent enough.
Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, the Iowa Sierra Club, and the Environmental Integrity Project say the proposed rule does not go far enough to ensure CAFOs will apply for and obtain a Clean Water Act permit, and will leave too much discretion to the DNR to determine which facilities need National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits.
A 2007 petition by CCI, Sierra Club, and EIP to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) led to a Work Plan Agreement leading up to the proposed rule.
At a minimum, the coalition partners said the DNR must amend the draft rules to reflect EPA’s position that “CAFOs that have discharged in the past will discharge in the future, and are therefore expected to obtain a permit, unless the conditions that led to the discharge are fully remedied.” Coalition members have requested DNR open a 60-day public comment period and hold at several locations in Iowa.
Minnesota Dairy Management Workshops set
Minnesota Milk Producers Association’s 7th Annual Dairy Management Workshops will be held at two locations:
• Wednesday, Feb. 5, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., International Event Center – Rochester, MN
• Friday, Feb. 7, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Community Center – Freeport, MN
This year’s program features practical tools you need to know as you begin the year.
• Get the latest news in production, prices and policy from Dr. Marin Bozic, dairy economist at the University of Minnesota.
• Learn what key financial, production, and management targets define successful dairying with Matt Lange, Business Consultant ,along with Bob LeCocq and Jim Moriarty from AgStar Financial Services.
• Understand the benefits of milk quality from the cow – lower SCC leads to higher production, improved reproduction and less abortions; the producer – increased production and profitability; and the consumer – we are in the FOOD business from Dr. Gary Neubauer and Dr. Marty Wayne from Zoetis.
• Learn from experts and fellow peers at a roundtable of your choice. There’s several topics and experts to choose from including a brief overview of the most recent tax changes with attorneys from Gislason & Hunter; reducing challenges for heifers transitioning into the lactation string with Vita Plus; exceeding a rolling herd average of 40,000 pounds with Alltech; and more.
• View the complete program summary at www.mnmilk.org/dmw.
Registration is only $30 per person for members of Minnesota Milk and $50 per person for non-members. Registration includes refreshments, lunch and program materials. Pre-registration is not required, but strongly recommended to guarantee lunch and program materials. Register online or call 1-877-577-0741.