In Texas, concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) are regulated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). Any CAFO with more than 300 animal units (more than 200 mature dairy cows) located in the dairy outreach program area (DOPA) must meet the following training and educational requirements (the DOPA includes Bosque, Comanche, Erath, Hamilton, Hopkins, Johnson, Rains, and Wood Counties):
- Complete an initial 8-hour training course on animal waste management within 12 months after permitting or authorization.
- Receive an additional 8 hours of continuing education in animal waste management for each subsequent 24-month period.
- Important: A CAFO may be considered out of compliance if these requirements are not met within the time periods specified.
- To satisfy this CEU requirement the Hopkins-Rains and Wood Counties have scheduled the Northeast Fall Dairymen Conference October 27, 2021 at the Southwest Dairy Museum in Sulphur Springs. The program starts at 9:30 AM and 4 DOPA credits will be offered.
- The cost of the training is $10. Lunch will be provided by the Southwest Diary Museum. Register by calling 903-885-3443 by October 22, 2021.
By Mario Villarino