University of Illinois extension is hosting four livestock manure management workshops in February and March to provide hands-on assistance to Illinois livestock producers and managers in using the Illinois Manure Management Plan Web site. The IMMP site offers step-by-step instructions for developing manure management plans that comply with the requirements of the Illinois Department of Agriculture, Illinois Natural Resources Conservation Service and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.
“Illinois livestock producers can use the IMMP Web site as a recordkeeping tool or to develop a full-fledged manure management plan,” says Ted Funk, University of Illinois extension agricultural engineer. “This online resource is free to the user and has tremendous benefits.”
The IMMP website was developed with support from the Illinois Livestock Development Group, Illinois Pork Producers Association, Pork Checkoff, Illinois Beef Association, Illinois Milk Producers Association, Illinois Farm Bureau, and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.
The workshop provides assistance whether individuals are already using the Illinois Manure Management Plan Web site and have questions or would like to learn how to use the site to develop a plan and keep records.
If livestock producers or managers are already using the Web site, they should bring their questions and any relevant information to the workshop. “If they are interested in developing a plan, they can bring their livestock facility information and we will get them started. Laptop computers can also be brought to the workshop if they are Internet-ready,” Funk says.
Each workshop is scheduled from 8 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m. Dates and locations are:

  •  Feb. 5 -- University of Illinois extension, Lee County, Amboy, Ill.
  • Feb. 16 -- University of Illinois extension, Marion County,  Salem, Ill.
  • Feb. 26 -- University of llinois extension, Champaign County, Champaign, Ill.
  • Mar. 5 -- 1st Farm Credit Services, Macomb, Ill.

Pre-registration is required. To register, call (800) 345-6087. The cost is $25 per person, which includes lunch and hand-out materials.
For more information, contact Randy Fonner at: or call (217) 333-2611.

Source: University of Illinois