The Environmental Protection Agency has announced that it will inspect Concentrated (Confined) Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) in Oregon this winter.

To make sure local cattle ranchers and other livestock operators understand the laws, rules and regulations relating to cattle operations and compliance with water quality regulations, a training session has been set for Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. at the Community Connection center in Enterprise.

John Williams of the Wallowa County office of Oregon State University Extension Service, Cynthia Warnock of Wallowa Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and Ron Jones of the Oregon Department of Agriculture will give a presentation covering CAFOs and non-CAFO issues relating to water quality and livestock

During the Oregon Cattleman's Association annual meeting in Redmond, the Environmental Protection Agency's Joe Roberto spoke on the topic "Beef Winter Feeding Areas and Regulatory Compliance." Roberto said that, although the Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 2156 in 2001 (and the subsequent agreement with EPA) that put the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) in charge of regulating CAFO's in Oregon, EPA maintains regulatory oversight for compliance with the Clean Water Act.

As a part of their oversight authority, EPA will be conducting aerial and on the ground surveys of CAFOs and winter-feeding areas in Oregon during the winter of 2007-08.

All local stock operators are invited to attend the Dec. 13 training. Sponsored by the Extension Service, SWCD and the Wallowa County Stockgrowers, thepresentation will be followed by a question and answer session.

For more information, contact the Wallowa County Extension Office at 426-3143 or SWCD at 426-4521, Ext 106.

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