Ag 101 Workshop

August 21, 2008

The Potomac Drinking Source Water Protection Partnership and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Water Program jointly sponsored a training workshop entitled “Ag 101” on August 21, 2008, at the USDA’s Beltsville Agricultural Research Center in Beltsville, Maryland.

Download Ag 101 Agenda.

Workshop Goals

  • Establish a baseline of understanding about the beef cattle and dairy industry
  • Introduce the regulatory and political framework directed at the beef and dairy industries
  • Understand the economics and trends of agricultural livestock production systems
  • Start building a foundation of understanding that will allow the Partnership to devise a strategy

Workshop Presentations

From Cattle to Surface Water

Understanding Farm Operations and Management – How the operation of these farms and the economic/political pressures that drive operational decisions

  • Beef Cattle Operations, Dr. John Currin, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Dairy Operations, Dale Gardner, Executive Director, Virginia State Dairymen’s Association

CAFO Permitting and Regulations

  • General Overview of CAFO Permitting, K.R. Young, Environmental Scientist, EPA Region 3
  • CAFO Permitting and Regulations – Presentations on state regulations and demonstrate differences across states:
    • VA Permitting & Regs, Betsy Bowles, Coordinator, Animal Feeding Operations Program, VA Department of Environmental Quality
    • MD Permitting & Regs, Patsy Allen, Coordinator, General Permits – Wastewater Permits Program, MD Department of the Environment
    • PA Permitting & Regs, Jim Spontak, Program Manager, Watershed Management Program, PA Department of Environmental Protection

General overview of programs and best management practices (BMPs) promoted through federal cost-share programs

State Nutrient Management Programs and Best Management Practices – Presentations on programs and BMPs promoted through state cost-share programs

  • VA Nutrient Programs & BMPs, Russ Perkinson, Asst Director, NPS Programs, VA Department of Conservation and Recreation
  • MD Nutrient Programs & BMPs, John Rhoderick, Director of Operations, Resource Conservation, MD Department of Agriculture
  • PA Nutrient Programs & BMPs, Doug Goodlander, Director, Nutrient Management Program, PA Department of Agriculture

TMDLs, Tributary Strategies, and Source Water Protection