One-on-one assistance for producers in northwestern Iowa
by Ron Johannsen, Cherokee County Extension Office
I recently was hired as a livestock environmental advisor for Sioux, Plymouth, and Cherokee counties. I help livestock producers comply with state livestock environmental regulations by assessing environmental situations and direct livestock producers to resources to help in the decision-making process regarding environmental concerns [usually, the appropriate agency personnel such as Department of Natural Resources (DNR) or Natural Resources Conservation Service staff or other extension staff].
Part of my job involves helping producers complete and implement a manure management plan, or working through the construction permit process with DNR. Through interaction with me, producers can get answers to questions or discuss issues about environmental regulations without the concern that they may be out of compliance with state regulation. This access to nonregulatory assistance helps provide the necessary tools to move forward in meeting the regulations.
I welcome inquiries from people of Sioux, Plymouth, and Cherokee counties. I can be contacted at the Sioux County Extension Office at (712) 737-4230, the Plymouth County Extension Office at (712) 546-7835, or the Cherokee County Extension Office at (712) 225-6196. I also can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My position is funded by Cherokee, Plymouth, and Sioux County Extension councils, Sioux and Plymouth County farm bureaus, and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation.
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Page last updated October 5, 2004
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