2022 Certified Farm Manager In-Person Workshops and Online Training Announced | Agriculture

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Agriculture, along with the University of Illinois Extension, conduct training and testing workshops for certified farm managers.

Online and in-person options will be offered to provide Illinois cattle ranchers with the manure management training they need to meet the requirements of state livestock management facilities law.

For the first time, the Certified Livestock Manager test will be available in Spanish. This option will be available for our in-person and online exams.

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“This partnership, between IDOA and the University of Illinois Extension, provides the tools, education and training for certified farm managers in our state to familiarize themselves with best management practices,” said said Jerry Costello II, director of IDOA. “The goal is for our ranching facilities to be good neighbors and stewards of the land.”

To attend a workshop in person, registration is required at go.illinois.edu/CLMT. Registrations will open one month before the workshop date and class sizes are limited in some locations. All participants are required to wear a mask in order to comply with COVID-19 safety measures.

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The dates and locations of the 2022 workshop are:

• January 18, Effingham County Extension Office, Effingham

• February 1, auditorium in the IDOA building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield

• February 15, Livingston County Extension Office, Pontiac

• February 23, Bank of Springfield Center, Springfield.

These will have the same format as the previous workshops starting at 9 a.m., with the exception of the February 23 session at the Illinois Pork Expo, which begins at noon. The training lasts 3 and a half hours, and after the workshop, those with more than 1000 animal units will have to take a paper exam. The training manual “Livestock and Poultry Environmental Stewardship Curriculum” is available free of charge at go.illinois.edu/manual.

Producers also have the option of taking an online training course which consists of nine 10-20 minute video modules that can be viewed at their own pace. Those with more than 1,000 animal units can take the exam online. Multiple online exam attempts are permitted. Producers with less than 1000 AU will only work on lessons. Having more than 1000 AU requires taking the courses and passing the online exam.

The certification exam has been updated for the 2022 season with 50 questions on the paper and online exams. An individual must answer 70% of the questions correctly to be successful.

You can create an account and access the online training at go.illinois.edu/CLMT.

The University of Illinois Extension in-person or online training fee is $ 40 and the IDOA certification fee is $ 30. Any questions regarding the CLMT program can be directed to Nesli Akdeniz at neslihan@illinois.edu or 217-300-2644.

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