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THE OKLAHOMA POULTRY WASTE MANAGEMENT EDUCATION PROGRAM
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.org
Citation: Pp. 440-447 in the Ninth International Animal, Agricultural and Food Processing Wastes Proceedings of the 12-15 October 2003 Symposium (Research Triangle Park, North Carolina USA), Publication Date 12 October 2003. 701P1203.(doi:10.13031/2013.15281)
Authors: D. W. Hamilton and E. R. Cook
Keywords: Certification, Education, Litter, Poultry Manure, Waste Management
In February 1998, the Oklahoma Registered Poultry Feeding Operations Act required Oklahoma
poultry farmers to receive 9 hours of training, covering all aspects of waste management before
July 1, 1999 -- and 3 hours of update training every year thereafter.
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OSU extension specialists, working with county-based extension educators, created nine
modules that broke the initial training down into manageable, one-hour sessions. Over 1,800
individuals have received at least three hours of initial training as of July 1, 2002, of which 1,395
completed all nine hours. Initial training curriculum has evolved over the years from a series of
slide sets to Video/DVD presentations with workbooks. In the 2001-2002 training year, 140
hours of annual update training were given in eight counties, resulting in nearly 4,500 personhours
A survey of poultry producers practices in Adair, Cherokee, and Delaware Counties, Oklahoma
one year after initial training became mandatory, shows some quantitative results of the training
program. The percentage of poultry producers keeping litter application records increased from
34% in 1997, to 88% in 2000. Producers who considered using litter storage facilities increased
from 13% to 43% during the same period.
Poultry waste management training has raised the visibility of county extension offices. The
program has also won a number of awards: An ASAE educational aids blue ribbon for a CD
compiled from the initial training curriculum in 2000, The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension
Service Outstanding Group Award in 2001, and a USDA Secretary's Honor Award in 2002.