INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Department of Agriculture will hold four trainings this winter for Indiana livestock producers interested in completing the Certified Livestock Producer Program. Since the program began in 2008, nearly 125 Hoosier livestock producers have earned the certification.

“Becoming a Certified Livestock Producer is just another way to show the industry and your community that you go above and beyond in many areas of your operation, such as biosecurity and emergency planning,” said Ted McKinney, ISDA director. “I highly encourage those interested in the program to attend one of these trainings.”

To register for the trainings, an application must be filled out, which can be found at www.in.gov/isda/2395.htm, and returned to Kimmi Devaney at KDevaney@isda.in.gov or One North Capitol, Suite 600, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

Each training will start at 10 a.m. and last until 3 p.m. Dates and locations are:

  • Dec. 14 — Columbia City.
  • Jan. 28 — Greensburg.
  • Feb. 15 — Monticello.
  • Feb. 21 — Loogootee.

As part of the program, producers will develop biosecurity and emergency plans, meet with their local fire department, participate in their industry’s animal well-being program, such as Beef Quality Assurance and Pork Quality Assurance, as well as complete several additional self-assessments about their farm practices.

“Producers who have completed the certification repeatedly cite the emergency planning section and meeting with their fire department to discuss farm safety as the most beneficial part of the program,” said Devaney, ISDA agricultural marketing and industry development manager. “Opening these channels of communication before an emergency actually happens is so important.”

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