Gieselman leading DNR animal feeding operation program
by Karen Grimes, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Wayne Gieselman, a Morning Sun hog producer, began work on July 1 to coordinate the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) animal feeding operation program.
Gieselman, age 50, has a vision for Iowa that includes keeping Iowa as a top animal-producing state with abundant clean water and air. "My vision for my children and grandchildren is that they would still be able to live in Iowa and enjoy clean water and clean air," he said. "People need to be more aware of what they do to the environment.
"I dont believe that manure, properly applied and handled, causes a problem for water quality," he added. "Theres certainly a threat if its done wrong. Some of the mistakes made are just from not knowing or understanding the mechanics or biology of manure and its impacts. Lets show people how to do it right and convince them that they need to.
"My goal for this job," he said, "is to take a more educational approach and convince people to do the right thing."
Gieselman has the opportunity to do that in this position. He is helping to develop rules that regulate animal feeding operations, coordinating the implementation of existing rules and making recommendations on actions needed to protect the environment. He has a team in place to review manure management plans and construction permit applications.
An Iowa State University graduate, Gieselman has a degree in agricultural engineering. He is the former chief engineer for the floodplain division of the Iowa Natural Resources Council and served for 6 years on natural resources and environmental commissions. He has operated a hog and grain farm near Morning Sun since 1982.
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