Continuing Education/DOPA

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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) requires that owner or the person (designated by the owner) who has operational responsibilities of the concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) located in the dairy outreach program area (DOPA):

  • Complete an initial 8-hour training course on animal waste management within 12 months after permitting or authorization.
  • Receive an additional 8 hours of continuing education in animal waste management for each subsequent 24-month period.

The DOPA area includes Bosque, Comanche, Erath, Hamilton, Hopkins, Johnson, Rains, and Wood Counties.

The Environmental Quality Management of Animal Feeding Operations Curriculum is comprised of 10 modules. Successful completion by correctly answering all test questions for each module provides one hour of initial or continuing education training required by the TCEQ.

Lessons provide research based objective education and information on effective manure, mortality and process generated wastewater management from livestock and poultry operations to protect air and water quality. Participants will learn the various animal waste handling, storage, treatment and utilization processes and systems, best management practices and available technologies to reduce air and water pollution from animal feeding operations.

To take exams and get credit for the course you’ll need to enroll and pay a $75 registration fee. This registration fee is valid for one year from the date of course enrollment.  Once you have clicked on the link below, payment details will be provided.  Credit card is the only form of payment for this course.

Please contact Saqib Mukhtar (979-458-1019 or mukhtar@tamu.edu) for more information. If you experience difficulty accessing the online course, please contact the help desk at moodlehelp@extension.org.

Register online at https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu. Click “Online Courses” on the left hand side of the screen and scroll to find course titled “Environmental Quality Management of Animal Feeding Operations Online Course”.

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What is DOPA?

Dairy Outreach Program Area Training and Continuing Education
In Texas, concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) are regulated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). Any CAFO with more than 300 animal units (more than 200 mature dairy cows) located in the dairy outreach program area (DOPA) must meet the following training and educational requirements (the DOPA includes Bosque, Comanche, Erath, Hamilton, Hopkins, Johnson, Rains, and Wood Counties):• Complete an initial 8-hour training course on animal waste management within 12 months after permitting or authorization.• Receive an additional 8 hours of continuing education in animal waste management for each subsequent 24-month period.Important: A CAFO may be considered out of compliance if these requirements are not met within the time periods specified.
Frequently asked questions about the DOPA training and education requirement
  • Who needs this training and the continuing education?

The owner or the person (designated by the owner) who has operational responsibilities is required to take the training and the continuing education.

  • Who provides this training and the continuing education?

Texas AgriLife Extension provides the training.  The minimum criteria for the training and continuing education are developed by Texas Cooperative Extension and the Executive Director of TCEQ.

  • How do I request the training or continuing education?

Request either session through the county Extension office in one of the DOPA counties.

  • How am I certified for the training or continuing education?

After the training or continuing education you will receive a certificate signed jointly by representatives from TCEQ and Texas AgriLife Extension.

  • Where do I keep records of the training or continuing education I receive?

The certificate of completion, with the date and time of the training or continuing education, should be attached to the CAFO’s pollution prevention plan.

  • How do owners of multiple CAFOs certify for training or continuing education?

If one owner has several CAFOs, each operator of a CAFO is required to attend the training and the subsequent continuing education. An alternative is for the owner to attend, and document his attendance on the pollution prevention plan of each CAFO.

  • How do county Extension agents and Extension specialists get meetings/demonstrations approved as part of this training program?

Continuing education programs can be approved by the Texas AgriLife Extension’s DOPA training coordinator.

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