The Indiana Stare Department of Agriculture is making another push to offer livestock producers a chance to become certified through what's called the Certified Livestock Producer Program. It's a voluntary program which allows producers to learn about the environmental aspects of operating a large livestock operation, and to show what they are truly responsible in terms of caring for the environment.
The program started under former Secretary of Agriculture Becky Skillman. Former ISDA director Joe Kelsay and his family were some of the first to complete the training program. The family operates a large dairy farm near Whiteland.
Part of the program involves instructional training. Part of it requires going through exercises specific to your farm operation. ISDA is offering a training session to help you get the instruction you need if you haven't participated before, and want to start and complete the program.
John Nagle, ISDA, manages the program. "CLPP offers livestock producers an opportunity to publicly demonstrate their commitment to their farm, their family and the future," he says.
The workshop is Dec. 4 and 5 at the Gibson County Extension office in Princeton. Livestock producers of any and all species, and any and all size of operation, are invited, Nagle emphasizes.
There is no cost to attend. Dinner will be provided. You can register by visiting the ISDA Website: www.in.gov/isda/CCLP.
Speakers who are to participate in the training session include Jordan Seger, program manager for the ISDA Environmental Stewardship Initiative, Mike Veenhuizen, owner of Livestock Engineering Solutions in Greenwood, Maria Cooper, Deputy Director for Biosecurity and Emergency Planning with the Indiana Board of Animal Health, and Jim Walker, Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance.
Other speakers include Jenni Purcell with the American Dairy Association of Indiana and Sarah Wagler, a field rep with Dairy Farmers of America. Wagler is also a certified livestock producer. She is part of a family dairy operation in Brown County.