The University of Illinois Extension is offering eight in-person, certified livestock manager training workshops in February. Registration is required and opens Dec. 1. Seating is limited in some locations.

The state Livestock Management Facilities Act requires facilities designed for 300 or more animal units to have at least one employee certified in proper manure handling procedures.

Workshop dates and locations are:

  • Feb. 7, Bank of Springfield Center, Springfield,
  • Feb. 8, Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau Building, Monmouth,
  • Feb. 9, DeKalb County Farm Bureau Building, Sycamore,
  • Feb. 10, Stephenson County Farm Bureau Building, Freeport,
  • Feb. 21, Effingham County Extension Office, Effingham,
  • Feb. 22, Clinton County Extension Office, Breese,
  • Feb. 23, Pike-Scott Farm Bureau Building, Pittsfield,
  • Feb. 24, Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) Building auditorium, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield.

To register online, visit go.illinois.edu/CLMT. For each workshop, on-site registration will open at 8:30 a.m. with the training program starting at 9 a.m. Allow 3.5 hours for the workshop and additional time to take an exam if one is needed.

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 IDOA exam or complete the online training and pass the online test.

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.

For 2023, both the paper-based and online tests again will have 50 questions. An individual must answer 70% of the questions correctly to pass. A Spanish version of the test is available.

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 training at go.illinois.edu/CLMT.

The U of I Extension in-person training fee is $40. IDOA’s certification fee is $30. The online training fee is $40 and the online certification fee is an additional $30.

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

For more information about certified livestock manager training, contact Stanley “Jay” Solomon, University of Illinois Extension, at jssolomo@illinois.edu or 815-235-4125 or IDOA’s Rosario Johnstone at Rosario.Johnstone@illinois.gov or 217-785-2427.