Model Certification Project

The model certification training program was developed by the National Center for Manure and Animal Waste Management, a multi-state consortium funded by the USDA and U.S. EPA. A primary objective of the National Center is to make available to the American animal production industry information about practices and technologies that can reduce the environmental impact of the industry on air and water quality. Within the U.S. animal production industry, very few of the documented discharges of wastes have been due to willful acts; most are accidental. The purpose of the model certification modules is to help producers anticipate and avoid or minimize the impacts of potential manure discharges. Proper training of producers is an effective source elimination strategy.

The model certification training material consists of nine training modules and more than 80 associated study questions. While individual states will almost always wish to modify training modules to fit local weather, soil and site conditions, the modules presented here are intended to provide up to 75 percent of a complete state training program. The modules are based on educational publications developed by the National Animal Waste Curriculum and on existing certification programs currently in use in a number of states. The modules consist of the nine titles listed below. Word and PowerPoint files associated with each title may be downloaded by clicking on the Word file and PowerPoint file links following each title. Your browser should then give you a save option, allowing you to save the file to your computer. The PowerPoint files are quite large, as is one of the Word files. We have included PDFs of these particularly large files.

1. Managing Manure for Environmental Protection
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2. Nutritional Strategies to Minimize Nutrient Loss to Manure
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3. Animal Manure Storage Facilities
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4. Air quality Around Production Facilities and Land Application Sites
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5. Manure and Process-Generated Wastewater Treatment
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6. Land Application Procedures and Equipment
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7. Manure Utilization
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8. Open Feedlot Construction and Management for Water and Air Quality Protection
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9. Emergency Action Plans
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