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Richard Gates
Professor and Extension Specialist
University of Illinois Extension
1304 W. Pennsylvania Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: 217-244-2791

Certified Livestock Manager Training

Certified Livestock Manager Training

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The Illinois General Assembly passed the Livestock Management Facilities Act (LMFA) on May 21, 1996. Since that law was enacted, livestock facilities in Illinois that house over 300 animal units (for example, 750 finishing hogs, 214 dairy cows, or 300 beef cattle) are required to have at least one person certified in the environmental protection aspects of manure management. The "Certified Livestock Manager" is expected to be familiar with the facility's manure management system. The certificate, administered by the Illinois Department of Agriculture, is valid for three years.

University of Illinois Extension acts as the subcontractor to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, to provide the CLM training required by the LMFA and to develop resource materials that support the training program.

Who Needs Certification

In Illinois, livestock producers with more than 300 animal units must be trained and certified in manure handling procedures. There are two levels of CLM certification, depending on facility capacity. The following table shows which training and testing requirements apply, based on facility size.

*Your animal units designation is according to Illinois Livestock Management Facilities Act (LMFA) definitions. The numbers are different from those in the federal EPA CAFO regulation, and also are different from rules in neighboring states. "One-time design capacity" is based on industry and agency recognized per-animal space requirements. Click here for Animal Units worksheet.

Extension Certification Options

1. Attend a Workshop

There are two opportunities to complete the UofI Extension CLM training for certification. We offer CLMT workshops every winter, this winter in February and March. If you cannot make a workshop or need certification in the off-season, we also offer online training modules that will meet CLM certification requirements.

 Workshops are held around the state each winter. This year’s training schedule is below. On the day of the workshop, registration will open at 8:30 a.m. with training program starting promptly at 9:00 a.m. A range of topics related to the operation, management, and utilization of livestock waste and waste facilities will be covered. Additionally, the latest regulations, best management practices, and research for manure related issues will be discussed. Registration for this winter's workshops is now open. 

To register online for a workshop please use the link below, if you would prefer to register by phone please call 217-244-9687.


To download a copy of the 2017 CLMT schedule and brochure click here.

2017 CLM Workshop Schedule





January 31

Springfield, IL

Illinois Pork Expo

Prarie Capital Convention Center

1 Convention Center Plaza

February 7

Bloomington, IL 

McLean County Extension Office

1615 Commerce Parkway

February 8

Effingham, IL

Effingham County Extension Office

1209 Wenthe Drive

February 9

Breese, IL

Clinton County Extension Office

1163 North 4th Street

February 14

Galesburg, IL

Knox County Extension Office

180 S. Soangetaha Rd. Ste 108

February 15

Freeport, IL

Stephenson County Farm Bureau Bldg.

210 W. Spring St

February 16

Sycamore, IL

Dekalb County Farm Bureau Bldg.

1350 W. Prairie Drive

February 23  

Springfield, IL

Illinois Department of Agriculture Bldg.

Auditorium, State Fairgrounds

2. Complete Online Training Modules

University of Illinois Extension also offers a free online training modules. These modules can be taken in place of attending a workshop. There are five training modules, four have a short 20 question quiz at the end. All four quizzes must be passed to meet CLM Certification requirements. The module content and quizzes are based on material from CLM Training Manual (see below). You can access the online CLM training modules directly by using the Online Training Registration link below.  Note: These quizzes DO NOT take the place of the Illinois Department of Agriculture Exam for Producers over 1000 animal units, but they DO satisfy the workshop requirements.  

Training Resources

The current training manual used for Certified Livestock Manager Training is the Livestock and Poultry Environmental Stewardship Curriculum. This curriculum is available for free online here. If you would prefer to purchase a hardcopy or an electronic CD contact University of Illinois, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, Marketing & Distribution at 1-800-345-6087. If you have a manual or CD, 2003 or newer, you will not need to purchase a new one.

Click Below for Workshops Registration


Click Below for Online Training Registration 

March 21 2017 - NOTE - There is a problem with the online training. It has been reported but not fixed. Please use it with caution...keep track of your completed modules so that I can send a manual certificate.

Nutrient Management Planning Handouts for this year are here.

What's my manure worth? Check here.