REA attended the 2018 Annual CAFO update sponsored by WDNR and UW Extension at several locations across the state. The meeting is an update for permitted CAFOs on current issues pertaining to CAFOs. This year’s meeting dealt with spill response, NMP updates, submissions to DNR and storage calculations.
REA attended the 2018 Dairy Strong Conference at the Monona Terrance Community & Convention Center. The conference engaged discussion on topics ranging from exports, immigration, robotics and regulations. The conference, attended by people from across the country brings dairy farmers and agribusiness representatives together for educational seminars, panel discussions, expert presentations, networking and a trade show.
REA participated on the Standards Oversight Council revision team who revised the Wisconsin NRCS Vegetated Treatment Area (VTA) Standard. The emphasis of the new standard is to meet EPA’s effluent guideline of no discharge for large CAFO’s (>1000 animal units) and to develop criteria for smaller animal feeding operations separately.
REA’s work, on the UM-Robotic Dairy feasibility study, has set the stage to move the $30 million project forward with the “Minnesota Dairy Research/Education and Consumer Outreach Authority” state board.