CERTIFIED ANIMAL WASTE VENDOR PROGRAMS ANNOUNCED
Managers of animal feeding operations in the state have the opportunity to learn current and future regulations regarding proper disposal of animal waste by attending one of several certification programs planned throughout the state.
Sponsored by the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, the programs will discuss proper management of waste to prevent contamination of surface and ground water. The education process is necessary if animal production can expect to continue expanding in Alabama, said Ray Hilburn, poultry pathologist with the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries.
The meetings will be held in a classroom-type setting and should last about one and a half hours. Certification for attendees will be good for two years.
"We want to re-emphasize again that a waste vendor is considered to be a person or persons that is in the business of providing a land application service or that removes waste from the premises of a confined animal feeding operation," Hilburn said. "If you clean out your own poultry houses and apply waste to your land or your rented land, it is not required that you be certified."
Meeting dates and locations are:
Oct. 2, 7 p.m., Andalusia, Covington County Agricultural Building. Contact Chuck Simon, Covington County extension agent, 334-222-1125.
Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m., Ozark, Dale County Government Building. Contact Eric Crowder, Dale County agent, 334-774-2329.
Oct. 4, 8:30 a.m., Headland, Wiregrass Research and Education Center. Contact Jimmy Jones, Henry County agent, 334-585-6416.
Oct. 26, 6 p.m., Rainsville, Northeast Community College. Contacts, Dus Rogers, Jackson County agent, 256-574-2143 or Steve Martin, DeKalb County agent, 256-845-8595.
Nov. 1, 2 p.m., Troy, Alabama Electric Cooperative Building, Hwy. 231 South. Contact David Carpenter, Pike County agent, 334-566-0985.
Nov. 13, 3 p.m., Cullman, Cullman County Office Building, 402 Arnold St., N.E., (Old Medical Building). Contacts Greg Hodges, Cullman County agent, 256-737-9386 or Danny Cain, Walker County agent, 205-221-3392.
Nov. 13, 7 p.m., Snead, Snead Fire Department, U.S. Highway 278 East. Contact Dan Porch, Blount County agent, 205-274-2129. Nov. 14, 6:30 p.m., Wedowee, Alabama Farmers Federation Building. Contact Stan Roark, Randolph County agent, 256-357-2841.
Nov. 15, 6:30 p.m., Phil Campbell, Northwest Community College Audio Vision Room 2, near the library. Contact Tim Reed, Franklin County agent, 256-332-8880.
Nov. 16, 6:30 p.m., Gordo, Peco Farms Office meeting room. Contact Sam Wiggins, Pickens County agent, 205-367-8148.
For further information on the training program, contact Hilburn at the Department of Agriculture and Industries at 334-240-7255, ext. 2, or for the location and info on individual meetings please contact the local county extension agent in the community where the meeting is planned.