EAP-certified producers appreciate environment
By the time spring planting gets underway, more than 400 Iowa livestock producers will be certified in the environmental aspects of manure handling.
Although the certification carries no legal status, it does demonstrate that the producer is aware of the environmental implications of his or her operation and that he or she cares enough about the environment to attend training on this subject.
"Most importantly, approximately 400 producers will more clearly understand the implications of their management decisions on the environment and their pocketbooks and will take better care of the soil, water, and air around them," said Jeff Lorimor, Iowa State University extension agricultural and biosystems engineer.
The certification process is part of the Environmental Assurance Program (EAP). Developed by the National Pork Producers Council, the program is administered by state pork producer associations. It is open to producers of all livestock species.
The program consists of five modules:
To become certified, producers must attend at least five hours of training, which includes a personal environmental assessment and a personal environmental audit. Each participant receives a notebook on environmental issues.
Ivan Halbur is a Carroll County pork producer who recently became EAP certified. Halbur said he's already doing many of the things recommended in the program, but he picked up some tipssuch as regularly testing his well waterthat he'll put into place.
During the past winter, ISU Extension cooperated with the Iowa Pork Producers Association to offer more than 35 EAP meetings in conjunction with the Manure Nutrient Management workshops.
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