University of Illinois Extension will offer 10 in-person certified livestock manager training workshops to meet Livestock Management Facility Act (LMFA) requirements. Held around the state, the workshops will start Jan. 18 and conclude Feb. 23.

Registration will be open one month prior to the workshop date, and registration is required. Class size is limited in some locations.

To register, visit go.illinois.edu/CLMT.

The LMFA requires facilities designed for 300 or more animal units to have at least one employee certified in proper manure handling procedures.

Facilities designed for 301 to 999 animal units must have at least one employee attend a workshop or complete the training online. Facilities with 1,000 or more animal units must have certified livestock manager attend a workshop and pass the Illinois Department of Agriculture exam or complete the online training and pass the online test.

Each workshop will begin at 9 a.m., except the Feb. 23 session at the Illinois Pork Expo, which will start at noon. The training lasts 3 ½ hours, and IDOA will administer the exam after the training.

Workshop dates and locations are:

  • Jan. 18, Effingham County Extension Office, Effingham
  • Jan. 19, St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Nashville;
  • Jan. 20, Clinton County Extension Office, Breese
  • Feb. 1, IDOA Building auditorium, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield
  • Feb. 2, U of I Extension Pike-Scott Farm Bureau Building, Pittsfield
  • Feb. 3, Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau Building, Monmouth
  • Feb. 15, Livingston County Extension Office, Pontiac
  • Feb. 16, DeKalb County Farm Bureau Building, Sycamore
  • Feb. 17, Stephenson County Farm Bureau Building, Freeport
  • Feb. 23, Bank of Springfield Center, Springfield.

Each workshop will offer a general curriculum designed to help farmers stay current on the latest industry practices. The curriculum covers the basics of nutrient management as well as new technologies, research and trends.

The U of I Extension training fee is $40. IDOA’s certification fee is $30.

The training manual used will be the “Livestock and Poultry Environmental Stewardship Curriculum.” It is available at go.illinois.edu/manual.

The certification test has been updated. For the 2022 season, there will be 50 questions on both the paper-based and online tests. An individual must answer 70% of the questions correctly to pass. A Spanish version of the test will be available soon.

If you cannot attend a workshop, online training and testing are available year-round and follow the same format as the in-person workshops. Online training involves nine modules of 10- to 20-minute videos that can be viewed at an individual’s own pace. Those who have more than 1,000 animal units may take the test online at the end of the training. Multiple attempts on the online test are allowed. Once an account is created, access to the training videos and enrichment content (optional videos) is granted for three months.

Access online CLM training at go.illinois.edu/CLMT