URBANA, Ill. — According to the Livestock Management Facilities Act (LMFA), livestock facilities in Illinois that house more than 300 animal units are required to have at least one certified livestock manager. The certificate is administered by the Illinois Department of Agriculture and it is valid for three years.
The year 2021 will mark the 25th anniversary of the Certified Livestock Managers Training (CLMT) program. Approximately 1,000 livestock producers have participated in each of the eight 3-year cycles. Training for 2021 will be different from the past due to COVID-19 impacts. IDoA has approved two options for this year: new online training and webinars. Our website does remain the same go.illinois.edu/CLMT.
Online training should be considered the first option for everyone. It has been updated for 2021 to more closely resemble the live meetings. It is available at any time and your own pace. Completion requirements: For less than 1,000 AU, work through the lessons only. More than 1,000 AU requires completing the modules and passing a 40-question online test. Until Dec. 1, 2021, livestock producers with more than 1,000 AUs can take the online test in lieu of the IDoA’s paper-based test. You can create an account and get access to the online training at go.illinois.edu/CLMT ($40).
Four webinars (virtual workshops) will be offered. These will have the same format as previous workshops starting at 9 a.m. Pre-registration is required ($40). You must attend the whole webinar (about 4 hours) to be eligible for your certificate. After the webinar, those with more than 1,000 AU will be required to log in and take the 40-question online test in lieu of the IDoA’s paper-based test. A password for accessing the test site will be sent after attending the webinar at no cost.
The webinar dates are Wednesday, January 20; Friday, January 29; Tuesday, February 9; Thursday, March 4, 2021. Please go to go.illinois.edu/CLMT to learn more about the options and get started. For questions with registration, please contact U of I Extension at (815) 858 2273.
To assist producers with this transition, we will have three information sessions on the new online training system and the webinars. Please consider attending one if you have any questions and/or want to learn more about registering and navigating the online training site or attending the webinars. No pre-registration is required. Visit go.illinois.edu/CLMT and click the link provided to join us at any of these times: Dec. 14, 2020 (Monday) at 6 p.m, Jan. 11, 2021 (Monday) at 6 p.m, Feb. 23, 2021 (Tuesday) at 6 p.m.
— Neslihan “Nesli” Akdeniz, University of Illinois
Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
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